Brokeback Mountain: From Oscar to Opera

Roman Muradov

A new take on a stirring tale opens in Madrid. 

The story of doomed cowboy love in Brokeback Mountain—originally a short story by Annie Proulx, then transformed into an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee—might not seem a natural fit for the opera, with its long silences and remote landscapes. But Pulitzer-winning composer Charles Wuorinen thought otherwise and convinced Proulx to come along as librettist for his long-gestating production (the two began developing it in 2008), which premières at the Teatro Real in Madrid in January with imaginative Belgian director Ivo van Hove at the helm. January 28–February 11; Plaza Isabel II; teatro-real.com.