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2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
EN, FR, DE, ES
Turnage: Anna Nicole (The Royal Opera)
Eva-Maria Westbroek (Anna Nicole); Gerald Finley (The Lawyer Stern); Alan Oke (Old Man Marshall); Susan Bickley (Virgie);
In a tragic-comic take on the extremes of celebrity culture, composer Mark Anthony Turnage, librettist Richard Thomas and director Richard Jones add Anna Nicole Smith to operas gallery of bad, sad girls. A pneumatic Playboy model who married an octogenarian billionaire, she achieved grotesque fame before her destitute, drug riddled death. With its jazz-coloured score and Eva-Maria Westbroek's starry performance, this is, as the New York Times said: an engrossing outrageous, entertaining and, ultimately deeply moving opera.
"It's a tremendous show...shocking it isn't; stunning it is!" (The Independent)
"The more Turnage and his librettist, Richard Thomas, pile one cringe-making scene upon another, the harder it is to look away...the whole cast is excellent..." (Gramophone)
Cast gallery. Illustrated synopsis. Behind the scenes feature including artist interviews.