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Brokeback Mountain opera gives voice to frustrated cowboy love

Published on Jan 28, 2014 6:46 AM
 
American tenor Tom Randle (Jack Twist) (left) 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, on Jan 24, 2014. When Annie Proulx published Brokeback Mountain in The New Yorker magazine in 1997, she had no inkling the tragic cowboy love story would go on to inspire an Oscar-winning film and even an opera. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (REUTERS) - When Annie Proulx published Brokeback Mountain in The New Yorker magazine in 1997, she had no inkling the tragic cowboy love story would go on to inspire an Oscar-winning film and even an opera.

The original short story took the American writer more than a year of thinking and six weeks of writing, at the end of which Proulx thought "her involvement with the story had finished", she told Reuters.

American composer Charles Wuorinen saw the operatic potential of the doomed romance between two Wyoming sheep herders, however, and asked Proulx to write the libretto.

"The story embodies a contemporary version of an eternal and universal human problem: Two people who are in love but who can't get it together, who can't make it work," Wuorinen, 75, said before a dress rehearsal in the run-up to the opera's world premiere in Madrid on Tuesday.

 
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