A frail Gerard Mortier ascends Brokeback Mountain

The former director of the Teatro Real in Madrid, battling pancreatic cancer, will attend tonight’s world premiere of the Charles Wuorinen opera that he commissioned on the tale of two loving cowboys.

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photo (c) El Mundo/AFP

l video narrated by Charles Wuorinen in English, Spanish subtitles. Brokeback Mountain will be screened online for worldwide viewing via Teatro Real’s Palco Digital on Feb. 7 at 8 pm.http://www.palcodigital.com/brokeback_mountain-directo…/

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  • And it was a real success! Fantastically received by the audience here in Madrid; an audience many feared would react badly to a) a work of this subject b) music of this composer. One of the biggest ‘bravo’s of the evening came for Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx. No matter what the press say tomorrow, to have seen this project through (over 5 or so years and against much opposition) is a triumph no one should underestimate. Bravo Gerard Mortier and Bravo Teatro Real! May they both continue to do great things for years to come.

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