BAM and New York City Opera present
Composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Libretto by Richard Thomas
Directed by Richard Jones
Conducted by Steven Sloane
Anna Nicole was commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London and premiered there in February 2011
In a brilliant marriage of lowbrow bawdiness and highbrow
operatic craft, British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and
librettist Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer: The Opera)
immortalize the tumultuous life of Anna Nicole Smith—stripper,
playmate, and formidable tabloid queen.
Looking to each paparazzi-plagued chapter of the star’s story—the bombshell centerfold, the devastated mother, the unlikely wife of an 89-year-old billionaire—Anna Nicole captures a woman caught between greed and exploitation. Turnage’s vibrant, eclectic score (performed by the New York City Opera orchestra and chorus) and Thomas’ razor-sharp libretto drive this operatic portrait, at once comic and tragic, of modern celebrity and one woman’s warped pursuit of the American dream.
Scenic design by Miriam Buether
Costume design by Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin & D.M. Wood
Choreography by Aletta Collins
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.
Sarah Joy Miller has performed with the New York Lyric Opera and the Long Island Opera.
Richard Thomas is an award-winning British composer and writer.
Mark-Anthony Turnage creates contemporary orchestral and operatic music with jazz elements.
Mon, Sep 9 at 7:30pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Part of Works & Process