(Anthony Tommasini’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/18.)
New York City Opera opened its season on Tuesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the eagerly anticipated American premiere of the brilliant British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s
“Anna Nicole.” Yes, that Anna Nicole. This audacious, entertaining and, in its strange way, wrenching opera tells of the real-life Playboy Playmate, reality television star and fortune hunter Anna Nicole
Yet hovering over this exhilarating coproduction with the Brooklyn Academy is the sad realization that “Anna Nicole” could also be the only production of City Opera’s current season, or even possibly the final offering in the history of this valued 70-year-old company.