Composer Defends Anna Nicole Smith Opera (Video)
2/18/2011 11:18am EST
A composer who penned the score for a controversial opera chronicling the life of Anna Nicole Smith has urged critics not to judge the show until they've seen it.
Bosses of the production, simply titled "Anna Nicole," are facing a potential lawsuit amid claims they are staging the show at London's Royal Opera House without permission from the model's estate.
The threat of legal action follows complaints the opera is in poor taste - but composer Mark-Anthony Turnage has now hit back at its critics.
He tells Sky News, "We haven't been cruel about people. Of course it's a tragic story but there's all different points of view put forward in the opera. The thing is, everybody is speculating about the content before they have seen it... Now they can make up their own mind. It's something that's worrying but it's not really our problem in a way."