Posted at 1:18 PM on June 9, 2008
by Gillian Martin
New York City Opera has commissioned American composer Charles Wuorinen to compose an opera based on "Brokeback Mountain," the Annie Proulx short story which was famously made into a film a few years ago. The production should premiere in spring of 2013.
I wonder who they'll cast? I for one vote for Nathan Gunn, who not only is the most impressive singing-actor I've ever seen (he was the highlight of the Met's Romeo et Juliette this season--too bad he died before intermission) but who already has experience appearing shirtless in premieres of new American operas.
Why not? Most operas or based on controversial themes anyway. I think we need to keep the dialogue open about all subjects. It is about freedom of expression, which is a right.