The Friday Informer: I Call Dibs on Anna Nicole Smith—The Opera

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And confession time: Who’s already started writing Anna Nicole Smith—The Opera?

2 thoughts on “The Friday Informer: I Call Dibs on Anna Nicole Smith—The Opera

  1. operabase

    Molly Sheridan wrote (Feb 9 2007):

    And confession time: Who’s already started writing Anna Nicole Smith—The Opera?

    From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden:

    A major event in the UK arts calendar will be the premiere of Anna
    Nicole
    a new work by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and writer
    Richard Thomas on Thursday 17 February 2011. With his worldwide
    reputation as one of the leading composers of our time, Turnage’s
    previous operas include Greek (1988) and The Silver Tassie (2004). A
    musician and comedian as well as a writer, Thomas was one of the
    co-creators of the controversial West End hit Jerry Springer: the
    Opera
    . Their new work looks at the high-profile celebrity lifestyle of
    the American glamour model and actress Anna Nicole Smith, who died in
    2007 after an apparent drug overdose at the age of 39. Leading
    director Richard Jones stages the production, with Royal Opera music
    director Antonio Pappano conducting and Dutch soprano Eva-Maria
    Westbroek
    as Anna Nicole.

    Be careful what you wish for …

    Mike

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