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iW NEWS | “Brokeback” Opera to Take the Stage

iW NEWS | "Brokeback" Opera to Take the Stage

U.S. composer Charles Wuorinen will create an opera based on Annie Proulx‘s short story, “Brokeback Mountain,” the New York City Opera general manager-designate Gerard Mortier announced Monday. The opera will debut in the City Opera’s 2013 spring season. “Ever since encountering Annie Proulx’s extraordinary story I have wanted to make an opera on it, and it gives me great joy that Gerard Mortier and New York City Opera have given me the opportunity to do so,” commented Wuorinen about the project. “Brokeback Mountain” is the story of ranch hand Ennis del Mar and rodeo cowboy Jack Twist, two young men who meet and fall in love on the fictional Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming in 1963. The 2005 film, of the same name directed by Ang Lee, documents their complex relationship over the next twenty years. [Brian Brooks]

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