Anna Nicole Smith: The Opera?

The tragicomic life will be staged at Covent Garden in 2011

It ain’t over until the silicone-enhanced lady sings: London’s Royal Opera House has announced the tragicomic life of glamour model Anna Nicole Smith is perfect fare for “lyric theatre, a grand musical and dramatic parable for our times,” reports The Guardian. One of the most celebrated names of British contemporary music, Mark-Anthony Turnage, is writing the opera about Smith’s life, to be staged at Covent Garden in 2011. Richard Thomas, co-creator of Jerry Springer the Opera, will write the libretto. “It is not going to be a horrible, sleazy evening,” Elaine Padmore, Covent Garden’s director of opera, told the Guardian. “It is not going to be tawdry; it is going to be witty, clever, thoughtful and sad.”