Anna Nicole Smith's Life Gets the Opera Treatment

Anna Nicole Smith Opera Premieres in London
Eva-Maria Westbroek in the opera Anna Nicole
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updated 02/17/2011 at 11:00 AM EST

originally published 02/17/2011 11:55AM

Her life was like a soap opera. Now it's an actual opera.

Anna Nicole Smith is the subject of a brand-new opera, simply titled Anna Nicole, set to premiere Thursday at London's Royal Opera House. Here, PEOPLE.com has a sneak peek at Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role.

The piece was written by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, and the libretto by Richard Thomas, whose previous credits include Jerry Springer: the Opera.

While the reviews aren't in yet, a trailer for the opera promises a salacious spectacle. (Watch it below.) Its cast list reveals, among many characters, four lap dancers, an equal number of meat-rack girls, as well as members of Smith's family, including her deceased son Daniel, her former partner Howard K. Stern (billed as "The Lawyer Stern" and played by bass-baritone Gerald Finley), as well as TV interviewer Larry King.



Smith died on Feb. 8, 2007, at age 39, of an accidental drug overdose.
– Brian Orloff



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