‘Brokeback Mountain’ the opera opens in Spain

The tragic tale of  two cowboys in love will made it’s theater debut Tuesday in Madrid.

   THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 2:57 PM

It was a short story, then a Hollywood movie. Now the tragic tale of two  cowboys in love is being reinvented again as “Brokeback Mountain” – the  opera.

Ahead of its world premiere Tuesday in Madrid, author Annie Proulx told  The Associated Press that opera presented an chance to explore the complexities  of the tale in a way that neither her own story nor the movie by director Ang  Lee were able to do.

Proulx said she “rejoiced” when composer Charles  Wuorinen approached her to write the libretto, because she understood that  an opera “would give room, which the short story did not, and which the film was  not particularly interested in doing,” to open up the characters involved in the  doomed love affair.

American tenor Tom Randle (Jack Twist) front, and Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch (Ennis del Mar), perform during a dress rehearsal of the opera ‘Brokeback Mountain’ at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain.

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American tenor Tom Randle (Jack  Twist) front, and Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch (Ennis del Mar),  perform during a dress rehearsal of the opera ‘Brokeback Mountain’ at the Teatro  Real in Madrid, Spain.

Wuorinen said he tried to give the menacing nature of the rugged Wyoming  landscape a greater presence in the opera than in the previous versions.

“It is very beautiful, as the film shows,” Wuorinen told the AP, “but it is  definitely not sentimental. It is not a romantic landscape. It’s a deadly one – it’s dangerous.”

This forbidding natural backdrop is represented by Wuorinen’s sometimes  atonal style – one that presented the singers with a steep learning curve.

American tenor Tom Randle (Jack Twist) front, and Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch (Ennis del Mar), perform during a dress rehearsal of the opera ‘Brokeback Mountain’ at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain. The show opened there Tuesday.

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American tenor Tom Randle (Jack  Twist) front, and Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch (Ennis del Mar),  perform during a dress rehearsal of the opera ‘Brokeback Mountain’ at the Teatro  Real in Madrid, Spain. The show opened there Tuesday.

“The music is very challenging, there’s no question about that,” said  Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch, who appears as one of the cowboys, Ennis  Del Mar.

Love scenes between Del Mar and fellow cowboy Jack Twist, performed by  American tenor Tom Randle – which caused a stir when the movie was first aired – are depicted discreetly on the opera’s minimalist stage.

Wuorinen’s score makes use of a wide range of percussion instruments that  convey sounds like the wind and rain on Brokeback Mountain. The work is in  English and runs until Feb 11.

Proulx told reporters Monday there are no plans to make an opera from her  1993 novel “The Shipping News,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the  National Book Award. It focuses on an American man who rebuilds his life in  Newfoundland.

“(It) doesn’t have the same kind of weight or social trajectory that  “Brokeback” has,” Proulx said. “For our time, “Brokeback” is more  important.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/brokeback-mountain-opera-opens-spain-article-1.1595569#ixzz2rww1mo5x

No doubt it will be well attended by the people who race each other to the bottom so as not to be considered intolerant. One wonders whose funding it and why Spain?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Wuorinen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Strategic_Services

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Proulx

This is a translated version of an article that  originally appeared on HuffPost Spain

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/24/brokeback-mountain-opera_n_4661607.html

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