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There are many parallels to be found between this work, which will have it's world première at the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre), and Tristan und Isolde. Just as in the opera by Richard Wagner, we are presented with a love on a cosmic scale, and one that is rejected by society. It is a love story set in a stunning landscape of mountains, only to be destroyed by society's expectations, just as in Wagner's opera. Annie Proulx, the author of the book of the same name, wrote the libretto so that the music by Charles Wuorinen could transcend the message of the film. Wuorinen himself states that nature in the opera is, "a constantly menacing, deadly force".


Opera in two acts
Music by Charles Wuorinen
Libretto by Annie Proulx, from her novel Brokeback Mountain

World premiere
Ordered by an new production of Teatro Real

Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra 
(Coro Intemezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Titus Engel
  • Stage director: Ivo van Hove
  • Set and lighting designer: Jan Versweyveld
  • Costume designer: Wojciech Dziedzic
  • Video: Tal Yarden
  • Dramaturg: Jan Vandenhouwe
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
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  • Ennis del Mar: Daniel Okulitch
  • Jack Twist: Tom Randle
  • Alma: Heather Buck
  • Lureen: Hannah Esther Minutillo
  • Aguirre / Hog-Boy: Ethan Herschenfeld
  • Alma's Mother: Celia Alcedo
  • Jack's Father: Ryan MacPherson
  • Jack's Mother: Jane Henschel
  • Waitress: Hilary Summers
  • Seller: Letitia Singleton
  • Cowboy: Gaizka Gurruchaga
  • Bill Jones: Vasco Fracanzani

Performance Dates

  • 28 JAN (T) 21:00h
  • 30 JAN (T) 21:00h
  • 1 FEB (S) 21:00h
  • 3 FEB (M) 21:00h
  • 5 FEB (W) 21:00h
  • 7 FEB (F) 21:00h
  • 9 FEB (S) 19:00h
  • 11 FEB (T) 21:00h
  • Place: Main Auditorium

Approximate running time

2 hours (no interval)


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