Show me a good love story and I’ll show you a good opera—which is why this news comes as a particular thrill: City Opera Vancouver has secured the rights to the chamber music version of Brokeback Mountain, the opera.
Composer Charles Wuorinen has signed a Letter of Intent with COV, agreeing that he will create a chamber version of the work he’s currently developing, with a libretto by the original Brokeback Mountain author, Annie Proulx.
The large-scale version of the work is due to premiere at Teatro Real in Madrid around January 2014, and COV is to produce the chamber version premiere one year later.
COV artistic director Charles Barber tells me he’s jokingly nicknamed the Madrid version “El Grande” and the chamber version we’ll see here as “El Poco”.
Now just imagine the words “I wish I knew how to quit you” sung by a golden tenor voice.