Head to the Royal Opera House for a brilliant fusion of tabloid drama and powerful opera in Anna Nicole.
A colourful story of moral outrage, sex and money, this highly original production charts the controversial life and times of Anna Nicole Smith, the model and actress who married a wealthy man in his 80s. Comedy and tragedy compete for attention as the story follows Smith's journey.
From being a spirited small town girl who gains fame from her breast implants, Smith embarks on a harrowing adventure through the law courts as she attempts to claim her late husband's fortune. Suffering terrible lows, including alcohol addiction and the death of her son, this remarkable show demonstrates the sinister pitfalls to be found in chasing a life of celebrity. Counterbalanced with many flamboyant, bright and funny scenes, the erratic nature of her ultimately tragic life is perfectly encapsulated.
With a suitably eclectic score, cleverly mixing jazz, blues, musical theatre and opera, this is a show that makes as big an impression as its larger than life subject matter.
- Antonio Pappano (cond)