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Anna Nicole: The Opera?

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One of the major operatic events of the international calendar opens this week in London: Anna Nicole, the opera by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas. Based on the sordid life story of the late Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, it promises a staging with sex, drugs, vast wealth and family tragedy.

Turnage fashioned the score with a libretto by Richard Thomas, who previously wrote Jerry Springer: the Opera. The opera will be televised on BBC4. Would you see it if it came to New York?


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