Opera

Anna Nicole

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US Premiere
 
Sep 17—Sep 28, 2013
 
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
 
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: 2hrs 30min
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE:  $17.50—188
FULL PRICE TICKETS:  $25—235
 
 
 
 
 
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BAM and New York City Opera present

Anna Nicole
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

“A production that should not be missed.”
—The New York Times

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.

Read the BAM program notes for Anna Nicole

Leadership support for opera at BAM provided by: 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation 

 

Major support provided by:
Aashish & Dinyar Devitre

 
 
 
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In Context: Anna Nicole
Anna Nicole runs at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from September 17—28. Context is everything, so get even closer to big, brash, blond spectacle with this curated selection of articles, videos, and original blog pieces related to the show.


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Talks
The Making of Anna Nicole
Mon, Sep 16, 2013
 
The Making of Anna Nicole
Mon, Sep 16, 2013
 

Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, librettist Richard Thomas, and director Richard Jones discuss their new opera inspired by the life of actress, model, and tabloid star Anna Nicole Smith.

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Classes
Lyrics, Libretto, and Luck
Thu, Sep 12, 2013
 
Lyrics, Libretto, and Luck
Thu, Sep 12, 2013
Master Class
 

This unique workshop for opera and musical writers is led by Anna Nicole librettist Richard Thomas. Participants share their own songs, scenes, and story ideas while learning tricks of the trade.

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Anna Nicole: An Opening Affair
Tue, Sep 17, 2013
 
Anna Nicole: An Opening Affair
Tue, Sep 17, 2013
 

Spend a night with the American Dream…at Anna Nicole: An Opening Affair. . With a bedazzled after-party and a glam pre-show dinner, opening night of Anna Nicole will be a sensation fit for a tabloid queen!

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Talks
On Truth (and Lies) in Beauty
Sun, Sep 22, 2013
 
On Truth (and Lies) in Beauty
Sun, Sep 22, 2013
 

Theater critic Hilton Als and philosopher Alexander Nehamas join Simon Critchley to explore the notion of beauty as defined in the bold new opera Anna Nicole.

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Sarah Joy Miller
 

Sarah Joy Miller has performed with the New York Lyric Opera and the Long Island Opera.

 
 
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Richard Thomas
 

Richard Thomas is an award-winning British composer and writer.

 
 
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Mark-Anthony Turnage
 

Mark-Anthony Turnage creates contemporary orchestral and operatic music with jazz elements.

 
 
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Programs
2013 Next Wave Festival
Sep 17—Dec 22, 2013
 
2013 Next Wave Festival
Sep 17—Dec 22, 2013
 

The 2013 Next Wave Festival showcases the very best in contemporary performance, plus artist talks, storytelling, visual art, and film.

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Talks 
Anna Nicole with Mark-Anthony Turnage  
 


Mon, Sep 9 at 7:30pm

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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