Brokeback Mountain Stream

One of the major opera events of the year is the premiere performances of Charles Wuorinen’s operatic version of Brokeback Mountain. The opera comes directly from the story by Annie Proulx, who herself transformed her writing into the libretto. There is an obstacle, however: these are at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the closest must of us will get is Tony Tommasini’s review.

Except, my friends at are generously streaming a live webcast of the opera on this Friday, February 7, 2 p.m. EST. Daniel Okulitch and Tom Randle star as Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, Ivo van Hove is the director, Titus Engel conducts. Here’s a preview:

Brokeback Mountain, Wuorinen – Titus Engel, Ivo van Hove – Teatro Real Madrid on

If you can’t catch the live stream (aren’t you working in front of a computer, though?), the webcast will be available for streaming for ninety days, starting Friday. There is also an iOS app for watching on a mobile device, and it works nicely depending on available bandwidth. While you’re enjoying the show, considering a subscription, they have a mind-boggling library of live and archived music, opera and dance performances, and the aesthetic and technical quality is unsurpassed.


Author: gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.