“Brokeback Mountain”: from Film to - Opera?


Being the crybaby that I am, I absolutely loved “Brokeback Mountain” which is the film version of Annie Proulx’s novel. The film, as we all know, is directed by Ang Lee and starred Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger. The film was released in 2005 and grabbed 3 Oscars for best director, best music and best adapted screenplay.

Enjoying the film version is fine - but would you like to hear the line “I wish I knew how to quit you” sang in an operatic verse? Word has it that the New York City Opera commissioned American composer Charles Wuorinen to write the score for the opera version of this film about two gay cowboys. According to Gerard Mortier, New York City Opera’s acting general manager, Ms. Proulx’s story is set to hit the stage for the spring season of 2013.

That’s when we’ll get to see if the opera version is as moving as the film version.

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