Finally, an excuse to wear one of the many opera capes clogging up your closet! Wearing them to the grocery story and DMV is fine and all, but, oh, to actually put them to their actual use!
Yes, Brokeback the OPERA is coming! The already very successful operatic adaptation of Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain will make its US premiere at Lincoln Center in 2018.
The show, created by composer Charles Wuorinen and author Annie Proulx, who penned the original “Brokeback” short story and contributed the new show’s libretto, had a successful run in Madrid in 2014.
“It’s a story of doomed love, in this case a complex homosexual relationship taking place in a very homophobic society,” says Wuorinen, who is openly gay.
The stage version is grittier than the film, with tighter characterizations and the addition of a ghost and a chorus. “Wuorinen’s score evokes the mountains with its swells and strains, bringing to life the harshly imposing Wyoming landscape from which the story was born,” wrote Broadway World.
NYCO originally commissioned the work, but when the company declared bankruptcy in 2013, the company’s director, Gerard Mortier, took it to Madrid’s Teatro Real.
The Lincoln Center’s Brokeback will be conducted by Kazem Abdulla, though principal performers have yet to be announced.