Friday, November 11, 2016

On Second Hearing

If you only saw the movie and didn't read the story,  Brokeback Mountain,  you should read Annie Proulx's story.   Charles Wuorinen was telling the truth when he said the story as written by her was entirely better than the movie (which I confess, I really, really didn't like).  And, composed to her libretto, the opera is far more faithful to the story and its world than anything Hollywood is going to put out.  You might not take to the musical style but if you can enter into it Wuorinen gets the lives and minds of the characters, the landscape and the society they faced into your mind with incredible intensity. I don't usually want to own a DVD of an opera but this one is a real exception.  

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