Anna Nicole


The Royal Opera

(Calendar)

Ages 16 +
A celebrity story of our times that includes extreme language, drug abuse and sexual content.
 

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes | 1 Interval

Sung in English with English surtitles


Background Reviews

A young Playboy model, an octogenarian billionaire husband, intrusive media fascination and a tragically early death. This is a roller-coaster of a real contemporary life for a blockbuster of a contemporary opera by the acclaimed opera composer Mark-Anthony Turnage (Greek and The Silver Tassie) and librettist Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer: the Opera). The story of Anna Nicole Smith is under the brilliant and idiosyncratic direction of Richard Jones and the baton of Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, to make this a major event of the Royal Opera Season.

Sex, extreme language and drug abuse are part of the opera – after all, they were ingredients in a life that went from the dubious glamour of the sex symbol, through long and vicious legal struggles to a fatal overdose. How Anna Nicole was treated and how she was viewed is as much a reflection of the society that hounded her as of her own feelings and ambitions – Eva-Maria Westbroek creates what is a challenging and complex central role. This new opera is provocative in its themes, exciting in its bravura style and thrilling with its sheer contemporary nerve. Anna Nicole Smith’s life made the news – you can bet this world premiere will too.

Credits

Composer
Mark-Anthony Turnage

Librettist
Richard Thomas

Director
Richard Jones

Set designs
Miriam Buether

Costume designs
Nicky Gillibrand

Co-Lighting Designers
Mimi Jordan Sherin
D M Wood

Choreographer
Aletta Collins

Performers

Conductor
Antonio Pappano

Anna Nicole
Eva-Maria Westbroek

Old Man Marshall
Alan Oke

The Lawyer Stern
Gerald Finley

Virgie
Susan Bickley

Cousin Shelley
Loré Lixenberg

Larry King
Peter Hoare

Aunt Kay
Rebecca de Pont Davies

Older Daniel
Dominic Rowntree

Blossom
Allison Cook

Doctor
Andrew Rees

Billy
Grant Doyle

Mayor
Wynne Evans

Runner
ZhengZhong Zhou§

Daddy Hogan
Jeremy White

Gentleman
Dominic Peckham

Trucker
Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts

Deputy Mayor
Damian Thantrey

Four Lap Dancers
Yvonne Barclay
Amy Catt
Amanda Floyd
Katy Batho

Four Meat Rack Girls
Kiera Lyness
Marianne Cotterill
Louise Armit
Andrea Hazell

Onstage Band
John Parricelli (Guitarist)
John Paul Jones (Bass Guitarist)
Peter Erskine (Drummer)

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