Beginning with the dark, ominous music of the prelude of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx’s opera Brokeback Mountain, we know we are in for a very different and far less sentimental version of the work than was had with Ang Lee’s iconic 2005 film. This 2014 Teatro Real Madrid production (dedicated to the late Gerard Mortier), with sensitive and incisive stage direction by Ivo van Hove, has been released on DVD by Bel Air Classiques.
This opera brings about a third major character to go with the expected herders Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar: the mountain itself. It is a mysterious and forbidding place. We learn in the first scene that the Boss Aguirre is worried that his expected workers are late or not coming because they’ve “heard something about the mountain.” He describes the mountain as “a knife blade rising from the earth”, a place of “dark power” and “an evil place that kills men.” Read more »