WEIRDLAND: "Brokeback Mountain", opera at Teatro Real

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"Brokeback Mountain", opera at Teatro Real

"When the film "Brokeback mountain" (Ang Lee, 2005) premiered, it led to a heated debate about the subjects being tackled by mass film industry. The winning of more than 45 awards -including three Oscars (Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score) and the Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival (Best Film)- was supported by an indisputable success in movie theaters. Its main characters, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, were considered as tragic heroes immersed in a hostile world and the actors, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, became sex symbols without frontiers.

Now a new step is being given in dealing with love between men due to the fact that Gérard Mortier, artistic director of the New York City Opera, commissioned an opera about this subject to composer Charles Wuorinen. It should have premiered on that theater's stage, but the composer himself explains: "Mortier had a rift with the theater and left. He is now working at the Teatro Real in Madrid. And 'Brokeback mountain' will make its debut there in June 2013"


Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Kendra,
chissà se questa opera teatrale riusciremo mai a vederla in Italia.-
Chi saranno gli attori che prenderanno il posto di Ledger e Gyllenhaal ?
In ogni caso, penso che nessun attore riuscirà a darci le stesse emozioni di Ledger e JGy.-
Buona giornata :-)

Kendra said...

The first opera representation of "Brokeback Mountain" project started last year in N.Y. city: Wuorinen, who will compose the musical themes says in the interview:

"There will be no sex scenes on the stage in my opera"

When he is asked about the performers, he says he'll choose two young opera singers: "We need artists who bear some resemblance to the role and who are capable of acting. Jack will be a lyric tenor. Ennis is a bass-baritone with several spoken parts".

The opera is scheduled to premiere in spring 2013, and since Wuorinen is working in Madrid, it supposedly would be released in other European theatres, but until 2013 it's a very long waiting time, who knows how is this project going to transform into?

Buena jornada, Rosa :)