New York City Opera has commissioned American composer Charles Wuorinen to write an opera based on “Brokeback Mountain,” a love story about two U.S. ranch-hands that won three Oscars when it was turned into a movie.
The opera house’s spokesman Gerard Mortier said in a statement on Sunday that Wuorinen had accepted an invitation to compose an opera based on Annie Proulx’s short story. It is slated to premiere during City Opera’s 2013 spring season.
This would mark New Yorker Wuorinen’s second world premiere at City Opera. He also composed “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” an adaptation of a Salman Rushdie novel which opened in 2004.
“Ever since encountering Annie Proulx’s extraordinary story I have wanted to make an opera on it, and it gives me great joy that Gerard Mortier and New York City Opera have given me the opportunity to do so,” Wuorinen, 70, said in a statement.
I imagine one of the numbers will be titled I Wish I Could Quit You. What else?