Show to premiere in Covent Garden in London in 2011

The life and death of Anna Nicole Smith will be made into an opera by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage.

The production will be staged at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden in 2011.

‘It is not going to be a horrible, sleazy evening,’ director of opera Elaine Padmore, tells The Guardian. ‘It is going to be witty, clever, thoughtful and sad.

‘It is not just a documentary about her, but a parable about celebrity and what it does to people.’

Richard Thomas, who is co-creator of Jerry Springer: The Opera, will pen the songs.

Anna Nicole
died of an accidental drug overdose in February 2007 at the age of 39.