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Brokeback Mountain now an opera in Spain
By SP_COP on January 29, 2014 | From www.news.com.au
Brokeback Mountain now an opera in Spain SINGING cowboys doffed their hats and embraced in their underwear in the premier of an opera adaptation of Brokeback Mountain in Spain.

The tragic love story opened at Madrid's top opera house, the Teatro Real, whose director compared it to Wagner and billed it is a gesture in favour gay rights.

Peppered with swearwords, the English-language show was a bold move for a top classical venue where traditional-minded audiences have been known to boo work that displeases them.

The cowboy lovers, Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar, were played in the 2005 picture by Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger. That film, by Taiwanese director Ang Lee, won three Oscars.

On stage in the Spanish capital, the Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch plays the hesitant Ennis and American tenor Tom Randle his devoted Jack.

The theatre's Belgian director Gerard Mortier said the decision to stage it was "very political" at a time of debate in Europe over issues such as gay marriage.

"We have seen a lot of people suffering from this taboo in society," he said....
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NAMES: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ang Lee, Daniel Okulitch, Gerard Mortier, Tom Randle
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