World Premiere January 28 2014, Teatro Real, Madrid
With eight performances scheduled for early 2014—January 29 to February 11—Teatro Real will mount the first-ever production of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx’s BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.
Brokeback began its operatic life when the former director of the Teatro, Gerard Mortier, heard about Wuorinen's wish to write an opera based on Annie Proulx's extraordinary 1997 short story, and set out to commission the score. Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain (made into an Academy Award-winning film by Ang Lee) was first published in The New Yorker and subsequently in Proulx’s celebrated collection of Wyoming stories, Close Range. In 2007, Wuorinen contacted Proulx with the proposal of turning Brokeback into an opera, and the author signed on to write her first libretto.
Wuorinen, a lifelong New Yorker who celebrates his 75th birthday this year, is the recipient of both a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur grant. He has written more than 260 works, including an earlier opera, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which premiered at New York City Opera in 2004. The work was immediately hailed for its score, able to dazzle any receptive ear with its incredibly broad palate of finely tuned sounds and irrepressible vitality and as a singularly apt musical response (Peter G. Davis, New York Magazine) to the novel by Salman Rushdie, on which the opera was based.
Brokeback Mountain marks Wuorinen's return to the opera stage with one of the major works of his career, equally ambitious in its beauty and momentous tragedy as Haroun was in fantastical whimsy.
Tickets and more information are available from the Teatro Real website.
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