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Replacing horns with cowboy hats

Timothy Kincaid

January 7th, 2014

Okay, I didn’t see this coming:

Under the direction of Gerard Mortier, the Teatro Real is fast becoming one of the world’s most innovative and exciting opera houses. With eight performances scheduled for early 2014-January 29 to February 11-Teatro Real will mount the first-ever production of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx’s BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.

Brokeback began its operatic life when Mortier heard about Wuorinen’s wish to write an opera based on Annie Proulx’s extraordinary 1997 short story, and set out to commission the score. Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain (made into an Academy Award-winning film by Ang Lee) was first published in The New Yorker and subsequently in Proulx’s celebrated collection of Wyoming stories, Close Range. In 2007, Wuorinen contacted Proulx with the proposal of turning Brokeback into an opera, and the author signed on to write her first libretto.

But, but, but if it ain’t over til the fat lady sings, how would you know when to applaud?

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cowboy
January 7th, 2014 | LINK

Well…in the words of Jack:
“I wish I knew how to quit you!”

But the opera shouldn’t end there.

Joseph Singer
January 7th, 2014 | LINK

Timothy, you’re quite funny, but don’t quit your day job just yet.

Ben In Oakland
January 7th, 2014 | LINK

Wourinen is not whom I would have picked for this. Unfortunately, Aaron copland has been dead for 20 years, Lou Harrison for 10, Conrad susa just died a few months ago, and there are few quintessentially american composers now who write opera, though these are many american composers who do write opera.

Well, it will either be wonderful, or will have a lot of people saying “I just quit you.” by the end of the first act.

Ryan
January 7th, 2014 | LINK

If Randy Quaid isn’t in it, I’m not interested!

Sir Andrew
January 8th, 2014 | LINK

RANDY Quaid?? Not Dennis?

Ben In Oakland
January 8th, 2014 | LINK

Chacun a son quaid, Andrew.

Ray
January 10th, 2014 | LINK

Funny, Timothy!!

I’m trying to imagine the operatic version of “He Was A Friend Of Mine” from the pipes of someone like Placido Domingo.

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