Ruth Leon recommends… Brokeback Mountain – Opera

Ruth Leon recommends… Brokeback Mountain – Opera

Brokeback Mountain – Opera

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This is a modern opera adaptation by Charles Wuorinen of Annie Proulx’s short story previously adapted by Ang Lee for the Oscar-winning film. It marks composer Wuorinen’s return to the opera stage with his most ambitious work.

Brokeback Mountain is the beautfiul and tragic story of ranch hand Ennis del Mar and rodeo cowboy Jack Twist, two young men who meet and fall in love on a fictional Wyoming Mountain in 1963.

It stars Daniel Okulitch as Ennis del Mar and Tom Randle as Jack. The conductor of the chorus and orchestra at the Opera Madrid is Titus Engel  and the Stage Director is Jérémie Cuvillier.

Wuorinen says “It’s a story of doomed love, in this case a complex homosexual relationship taking place in a very homophobic society.”

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