Friday, February 07, 2014

Brokeback Mountain Opera

Perhaps in rebuttal to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics,  today webcasts Charles Wourinen's opera version of Brokeback Mountain from Teatro Real in Madrid. The stream will be available for 90 days. Annie Proulx wrote the libretto from her own short story. Wourinen, known for his complex & academic music, seems an unusual choice of composer. Bass baritone Daniel Okulitch & tenor Tom Randle are the opera versions of Ennis & Jack. The production was originally meant for New York City Opera, & Gerard Mortier took it with him when he left NYCO for Madrid.

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