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Watch: Cast and creative team on Anna Nicole - 'It's a mirror for our society'

Go behind the scenes with Antonio Pappano, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Richard Thomas.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

6 June 2014 at 1.07pm | Comment on this article

Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera Anna Nicole returns to Covent Garden in Autumn 2014, offering audiences another chance to see the composer's operatic take on modern celebrity culture.

'Its an easily dismissable subject but I seem to be attracted to subjects like these because when you explore them you find gems on the way - comedic gems and some universal truths. It's an irresistible story,' says librettist Richard Thomas, who previously co-created Jerry Springer: The Opera. If we've done it right, then we've done a lot of justice to her life.'

'It's a mirror for our society - giving up your privacy and this greed for photos of celebrities, says soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek,' who returns to sing the title role in the 2014/15 Season. 'It shows us that it's very inhuman and horrible.'

'I did a lot of research about Anna as a person,' says Eva-Maria, who returns to sing the title role in the 2014/15 Season. 'The more we saw of her, the more I fell in love with her. She was a lovely girl, especially in the beginning. There are interviews with her and she was so wonderful, attractive, happy and radiant. It felt like a huge risk to take to portray a woman like her.'

Musically, the opera draws on the music of composer Mark-Anthony Turnage's youth:

'I've worked a lot in America and from my early twenties I was a great jazz and soul fan, so a lot of American music has been very much part of my life,' he says. 'It's not just pop and soul - it's also TV music. I realized when I talked to Tony Pappano that we both like Starsky and HutchIronside and Mission: Impossible. In a funny kind of way they've stuck.'

Anna Nicole runs from 11-24 September 2014. General booking opens on 15 July 2014.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

6 June 2014 at 1.07pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged anna nicole, Antonio Pappano, by Richard Jones, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Film, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Production, RIchard Thomas

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