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The private life of implants

“The queen of tabloid TV arrived at BAM Tuesday night in Anna Nicole, an opera brimming with wit and good taste. In other words, they got Anna Nicole all wrong.” [New York Post]

6 comments

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    JJ has expressed exactly what I thought about the opera when I saw the original production.

    Cant tell the players without a Youtube!




  • Cocky Kurwenal says:

    It’s interesting what you say about the soprano in the title role having a voice that wasn’t assertive enough. In the original ROH production, it seemed to unnecessary to have Westbroek, partly because it wasn’t a demanding sing but also because of the microphone, but maybe it does need a substantial voice after all.

  • operacat says:

    I am looking forward to seeing this on Tuesday (Anyone else going?) I saw the DVD and mostly enjoyed the opera (though I felt the middle of act two got a bit longwinded). Perhaps it was how old fashioned I felt the treatment was that made me enjoy it.

  • bluecabochon says:

    I saw this too and while it was visually very tight and well-done, it was a very uneven night with performances that didn’t register. Agree 100% with JJ’s review, and the role of Anna Nicole requires a strong middle range that this soprano didn’t have. I wished that the microphones were real rather than mere props. Thank heavens for the supertitles.

    For this piece the singers need to be excellent actors giving over the top performances, especially Anna Nicole, who should not be afraid to appear grotesque. Many of them were just too restrained for the material. The second act lost its way, and what should have been a more powerful ending just ran out of steam for me. Maybe they ran into legal issues concerning how her death could be depicted.

  • bluecabochon says:

    The Daily Mail thinks in poor taste (!!!) for actor Patrick Stewart to attend the opening of ANNA NICOLE:

    http://tinyurl.com/mrrexq4