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It’s Not Over Until The Opera Singer Farts

Nashville Opera Company mezzo-soprano Amy Herbst will not be hitting high notes anytime soon. The singer claims that a botched routine episiotomy¬†during childbirth left her unable to perform without farting and well, sometimes pooping herself.¬†¬† Keep reading »

Uh, There’s An Anna Nicole Smith Opera

Described as a cross between “comedy” and “heart-wrenching horror,” a new opera, “Anna Nicole,” opened in London last night. It’s about Anna Nicole Smith exploring her choices as a single mother until she runs out of options. With lyrics like “I want to blow you all” and “It’s the sound of a Jimmy Choo shoe on a red carpet” how could it not be a crowd pleaser? “Raunchy,” “convincing,” and “absolutely incredible” were some of the adjectives used by audience members to describe their “Anna Nicole” experience. How do I get tickets? [The Hairpin] Keep reading »

Get Your Tickets To “Anna Nicole Smith: The Opera” Now, People

Anna Nicole Smith died ignobly, but perhaps an opera at the Royal Opera House in London will redeem her. Nah, probably not. “Anna Nicole,” which is not so much an ode to the woman born Vickie Lynn Hogan but a musical rendering of her tragic life, will play February 17 to March 4. The buxom billionaire’s widow will be played by Eva-Maria Westbroe, a Dutch soprano who has also performed in operas by Puccini and Verdi. Supposedly, the opera will be a capital-I Intellectual analysis of Anna’s scheming, wanton lifestyle, drug abuse and binge eating. And it will be a classy affair, let me tell you: The libretto was written by the same guy who wrote “Jerry Springer: The Opera” and a brochure for the show warns the faint of heart of “extreme language, drug abuse and sexual content.” For an opera based on Anna Nicole Smith’s life, I would expect nothing less. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Anna Nicole’s Life Gives The Opera Reason To Sing

Anna Nicole Smith will be remembered for many things: her buxom body, obsession with the color pink, whiny baby voice, and, of course, marriage to oil tycoon Howard Marshall. Never did we think Anna Nicole would be associated with opera. The same guy who helped bring “Jerry Springer: The Opera” to the stage, Richard Thomas, has written a new opera about Anna Nicole. Mark-Anthony Turnage composed it and opera director Richard Jones will stage the production. The libretto will end with Anna Nicole’s death, so it won’t focus on all the drama that followed regarding daughter Dannielynn’s custody. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Where Opera Meets Contraception


The Contraception Opera, “starring sperm and egg,” combines two of my favorite things — sex education and interpretive dance! Genius. [via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

The World’s First (And Hopefully Last) Twitter Opera

First came tweets from space. Then there were tweets from the grave. Most recently, tweets came from the maternity ward. Now, London’s Royal Opera House, one of the most prestigious opera companies in the world, is producing a Twitter opera that will debut next month. Every line in the show will be a tweet of 140 characters or less that was posted on the company’s Twitter page. If you want to contribute, check it out on … where else? Twitter. Keep reading »

Timberbrit: The Opera About Britney Spears

Britney Spears has turned her life around for the better in the last year. But that doesn’t mean people have forgotten the train wreck she once was. And some even expect her to go off the deep end again. Composer Jacob Cooper has created “Timberbrit,” (get it Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears?) a contemporary opera that imagines the tragic end of Brit-Brit’s career. More, after the jump… Keep reading »

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