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'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 Hutch, Ironside 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.