Brokeback Mountain

An opera in two acts based on the short story of Annie Proulx
(2008 - 2012)

Libretto by Annie Proulx
Music by Charles Wuorinen

Commissioned by the Teatro Real, Madrid
World Premiere: 28 January 2014

Teatro Real YOU TUBE video
Wuorinen discusses BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Rehearsals at the Teatro Real

Proulx and Wuorinen in the Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming 2012

Wall Street Journal: A Bleaker 'Mountain', article by Stuart Isacoff
LA Times: Brokeback Mountain' opera sddles up in Madrid, by Marcia Adair
NPR: Cowboys In Love 'Bokeback Mountain' Saddle Up for Opera

Ennis del Mar, bass baritone - Daniel Okulitch
Jack Twist, tenor - Tom Randle
Aguirre (trail boss), bass - Ethan Herschenfeld
Alma Beers (Ennis' wife), soprano - Heather Buck
Mrs. Beers (Alma's mother), mezzo - Celia Alcedo
Lureen (Jack's wife), mezzo - Hannah Esther Minutillo
Hogboy (Lureen's father), bass - Ethan Herschenfeld
John Twist Sr. (Jack's father), tenor - Ryan MacPherson
Mrs. Twist (Jack's mother), alto - Jane Henschel
Bartender, alto - Hilary Summers
Saleswoman, alto - Letitia Singleton
Townspeople - SATB (ca. 16)

Titus Engel, conductor
Ivo van Hove, director
Jan Versweyveld , sets and lighting
Wojciech Dziedzic, costumes
Tal Yarden, video


Piccolo (doubling 3rd flute)
2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets
Bass Clarinet
2 Bassoons

4 Horns
2 Trumpets
3 Trombones

Percussion (3)