Anna Nicole is an English opera in 2 acts and 16 scenes, with music by Mark-Anthony Turnage to an English libretto by Richard Thomas. Based on the life of American model Anna Nicole Smith, the opera received its première on 17 February 2011 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, directed by Richard Jones. A recording of the opera was broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer on 25 March 2011. The broadcast drew in 67,700 viewers. The opera received its first London revival at Covent Garden in September 2014.
|Opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage|
|Based on||Life of Anna Nicole Smith|
17 February 2011
Royal Opera House, London
The opera received its European continental premiere at Theater Dortmund (Germany) in April 2013 with American soprano Emily Newton in the title role. Anna Nicole received its U.S. premiere on September 17, 2013, in a production by the New York City Opera at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the last work staged by the City Opera before its closure that year.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, 17 February 2011|
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
|Anna Nicole||soprano||Eva-Maria Westbroek|
|Virgie, her mother||mezzo-soprano||Susan Bickley|
|Daddy Hogan, her father||bass||Jeremy White|
|Billy, her first husband||baritone||Grant Doyle|
|J. Howard Marshall, her second husband||tenor||Alan Oke|
|Kay, her aunt||mezzo-soprano||Rebecca de Pont Davies|
|Shelley, her cousin||mezzo-soprano||Loré Lixenberg|
|Stern, her lawyer||bass-baritone||Gerald Finley|
|Young Daniel, her son||silent||Andrew Gilbert|
|Teenage Daniel||baritone||Dominic Rowntree|
|Larry King, a television journalist||tenor||Peter Hoare|
|Doctor Yes||tenor||Andrew Rees|
|Mayor of Mexia||tenor||Wynne Evans|
|Deputy Mayor of Mexia (Roy Fiction)||baritone||Damian Thantrey|
|Dominic Gent||tenor||Dominic Peckham|
|Meat Rack Quartet||soprano
Rebecca de Pont Davies
|Four Lap Dancers||soprano
|Onstage Band||John Parricelli (guitarist)|
John Paul Jones (bass guitarist)
Peter Erskine (drummer)
- 'Scene Zero' – Overture
- Scene 1 – 'America Sings'
- Scene 2 – "No! It's Mu-Hay-Uh."
- Scene 3 – "Hey We're Family"
- Scene 4 – 'Falling in Loath Again'
- Scene 5 – 'Life Implants'
- Scene 6 – 'American Dreaming'
- Scene 7 – 'Marriage in the White Dove Chapel'
- Scene 8 – 'Red Carpet Diem'
- Scene 9 – 'Partay!'
- Scene 10 – "Not Dead Yet!"
- Scene 11 – 'Backstage at the Larry King Show'
- Scene 12 – 'The Larry King Show and Tell'
- Scene 13 – "Good Morning Hollywood"
- Scene 14 – 'Birth Worth'
- Scene 15 – 'Daniel Death'
- Scene 16 – 'Clown Messiah'
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- Tim Ashley (2014-09-12). "Anna Nicole review – a scabrous tale of sex, money and ambition". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
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- "Opernneuheit in Dortmund: Anna Nicole". Online Merker (in German). 17 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
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- "City Opera Closes Its Doors". Wall Street Journal. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
- Anthony Tommasini (2013-09-18). "An Opera Plot Ripped From the Tabloids". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
- "A Tabloid Star Is Joining the Sisterhood of the Fallen" by Michael White, The New York Times (11 February 2011)
- Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAM 2013 Next Wave Festival, programme note on Anna Nicole
- on YouTube (February 2011)
- on YouTube (April 2013)