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Anna Nicole

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 Anna Nicole Smith,[1] the opera received its première on 17 February 2011 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, directed by Richard Jones.[2][3][4][5] A recording of the opera was broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer on 25 March 2011.[6] The broadcast drew in 67,700 viewers.[7] The opera received its first London revival at Covent Garden in September 2014.[8][9]

The opera received its European continental premiere at Theater Dortmund (Germany) in April 2013 with American soprano Emily Newton in the title role.[10] 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,[11] the last work staged by the City Opera before its closure that year.[12][13]

Contents

  • Roles 1
  • Synopsis 2
    • Act 1 2.1
    • Act 2 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Roles

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
Blossom mezzo-soprano Allison Cook
Doctor Yes tenor Andrew Rees
Mayor of Mexia tenor Wynne Evans
Deputy Mayor of Mexia (Roy Fiction) baritone Damian Thantrey
Trucker tenor Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Dominic Gent tenor Dominic Peckham
Patron baritone Grant Doyle
Runner baritone ZhengZhong Zhou
Meat Rack Quartet soprano
soprano
mezzo-soprano
mezzo-soprano
Marianne Cotterill
Kiera Lyness
Louise Armit
Andrea Hazell
Marshall's family mezzo-soprano
mezzo-soprano
baritone
bass
Loré Lixenberg
Rebecca de Pont Davies
Grant Doyle
Jeremy White
Four Lap Dancers soprano
soprano
mezzo-soprano
mezzo-soprano
Yvonne Barclay
Katy Batho
Amy Catt
Amanda Floyd
Onstage Band John Parricelli (guitarist)
John Paul Jones (bass guitarist)
Peter Erskine (drummer)

Synopsis

Act 1

  • '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'

Act 2

  • 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'

References

  1. ^  
  2. ^ "Anna Nicole Smith opera opens in London". BBC News. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  3. ^ Andrew Clements (2011-02-17). – review"Anna Nicole". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-01. 
  4. ^  
  5. ^  
  6. ^ from the Royal Opera House"Anna Nicole". BBC website. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  7. ^ opera draws 70,000"Anna Nicole"BBC4's . Broadcast Now. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  8. ^ Tim Ashley (2014-09-12). review – a scabrous tale of sex, money and ambition"Anna Nicole". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-01. 
  9. ^ Kate Kellaway (2014-09-13). review – an abject story told indecently well"Anna Nicole". The Observer. Retrieved 2015-09-01. 
  10. ^ "Anna Nicole"Opernneuheit in Dortmund: . Online Merker (in German). 17 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  11. ^ Opera Today"Anna Nicole"New York City Opera and BAM Begin U.S. Premiere of . Broadway World. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  12. ^ "City Opera Closes Its Doors". Wall Street Journal. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  13. ^  

External links

  • "A Tabloid Star Is Joining the Sisterhood of the Fallen" by Michael White, The New York Times (11 February 2011)
  • Anna NicoleBrooklyn Academy of Music, BAM 2013 Next Wave Festival, programme note on
  • (trailer) – Royal Opera HouseAnna Nicole on YouTube (February 2011)
  • (trailer) – Oper DortmundAnna Nicole on YouTube (April 2013)
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