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Anna Nicole from the Royal Opera House

Opera based on the life of the American Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, starring Eva-Maria Westbroek. Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House.

The television premiere of the hit opera based on the life of the young American Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, who was thrust into the global media spotlight when she married an octogenarian billionaire, became a reality TV star and, after a drug overdose, died tragically early.

Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas have created a darkly comic work for the Royal Opera which satirises celebrity and consumer culture. Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the challenging and complex title role, and the two central men in her life, her billionaire husband and her lawyer, are sung by Alan Oke and Gerald Finley. Musical director Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House.

2 hours, 10 minutes

Last on

Mon 28 Mar 2011 23:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill
Anna Nicole Smith Eva-Maria Westbroek
Howard Stern (lawyer) Gerald Finley
J Howard Marshall II Alan Oke
Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage
Conductor Antonio Pappano

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