Second installment in City Opera’s annual Pride Series
Four Performances at the Rose Theater,
Jazz at Lincoln Center
May 31, June 2, 3, and 4, 2018
New York City Opera’s Pride Series celebrates LGBT culture and contributions through operas that explore LGBT identity, relationships, and the continuing struggle for civil rights. The company will host events throughout the city to promote the initiative and production including a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Wuorinen at the LGBT Community Center on May 21st. The UCross Foundation, a Wyoming artistic community that counts both Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx among its alumni, will co-host this event and has scheduled its annual gala on June 5th to honor Proulx and coincide with the production.
Brokeback Mountain was commissioned in 2008 by then New York City Opera General Director Gerard Mortier who, following his departure from the company, brought the project to Madrid’s Teatro Real for its world premiere. Composer Charles Wuorinen, inspired by the 2005 Ang Lee film, approached Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx to obtain the rights to develop her short story into an opera. Proulx, in response, offered to write the libretto herself. Wuorinen traveled with Proulx to the mountains of Wyoming to better understand the story and its environs. They completed work on the opera in 2012 and it was premiered in 2014. After a successful run in Madrid, subsequent productions were mounted in Aachen and at the Salzburg State Theater. City Opera’s production, which originated in Salzburg, features scenic design by Eva Musil, and a 26-piece orchestration adapted for the production by the composer.
City Opera General Director Michael Capasso says: “The outpouring of critical and public support for last season's New York premiere of Péter Eötvös’s Angels in America was overwhelming, and I am delighted by the excitement that is already surrounding this production and the sustained enthusiasm for our ongoing LGBT Pride Initiative. After three successful productions in Europe, Wuorinen's Brokeback Mountain already holds a significant place in City Opera’s legacy of nurturing groundbreaking American work, despite the fact that the piece has yet to have its American premiere. Finally bringing this important work to the City Opera stage is an important milestone in our ongoing effort to retain the company’s place in America’s cultural vanguard.
New York City Opera’s production stars bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch as Ennis del Mar and tenor Glenn Seven Allen as Jack Twist. Okulitch, a leading figure in contemporary opera, created the role of Ennis at Madrid’s Teatro Real in the premiere production directed by Ivo van Hove. Allen was last seen in City Opera’s 2017 production of Respighi’s La campana sommersa and was in the original Broadway cast of Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza. Returning to the role she created, soprano Heather Buck joins the cast as Ennis del Mar’s wife, Alma Beers. She appeared at City Opera earlier this season in Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night for Dominick Argento’s 90th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall. Mezzo-soprano, Hilary Ginther makes her New York City Opera debut as Jack Twist’s wife, Lureen. Kristee Haney, Kevin Courtemanche, Jenni Bank, Brian Kontes, Christopher Job, and Melissa Parks complete the ensemble cast of eminent American artists.
Conducting the New York City Opera Orchestra and Chorus is Kazem Abdullah, former Music Director of the City of Aachen where he led the German premiere of Brokeback Mountain in 2014. A passionate advocate of new music, Abdullah led a notable performance of the New World Symphony’s 2009 Ives In-Context Festival by special invitation from Michael Tilson Thomas and has led orchestras internationally including the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Kammerphilharmonie, Nürnburg Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Weimar, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México.
Jacopo Spirei directs this production after a successful run at the Salzburg State Theater in 2016. In 2013, he won the Audience Prize at the State Theater for Best Production and also directed Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Pilger von Mekka. His work has also been seen at the Wexford Festival, Theater an der Wien, Royal Danish Opera and Festival Internacional de Música in Cartagena.
New York City Opera presents four performances of Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain May 31 and June 4 at 7:30 p.m., June 2 at 2:00 p.m., and June 3 at 4:00 p.m. at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
For more information, please visit: https://nycopera.com/brokeback-mountain/
An opera in three acts by Charles Wuorinen
Libretto by Annie Proulx
Based on her short story of the same name
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Time Warner Center, New York, NY
Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, June 4, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
For tickets to Brokeback Mountain
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For more than seven decades, New York City Opera has maintained a distinct identity, adhering to its unique mission: affordable ticket prices, a devotion to American works, English-language performances, the promotion of up-and-coming American singers, and seasons of accessible, vibrant and compelling productions intended to introduce new audiences to the art form. Stars who launched their careers at New York City Opera include Plácido Domingo, Catherine Malfitano, Sherrill Milnes, Samuel Ramey, Beverly Sills, Tatiana Troyanos, Carol Vaness, Shirley Verrett, among dozens of other great artists.
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New York City Opera continues its legacy at a new, state-of-the-art home at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater with revitalized outreach and education programs, and programming designed to welcome and inspire a new generation of City Opera audiences.
City Opera opened New York City’s 2017-18 cultural season in September with a new production of Puccini’s beloved La fanciulla del West. In October, the company presented its first chamber opera of the season with the New York premiere of a new chamber adaptation of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne, based on the novel by Stephen King. In January 2018, City Opera presented the New York premiere of the world’s first mariachi opera, José “Pepe” Martinez’s Cruzar la Cara de la Luna as part of its Ópera en Español series. The chamber opera series continued in March with a unique pairing of Rameau’sPigmalion and Donizetti’s first opera Il Pigmalione. Having triumphed with Respighi’s rarely heard La campana sommersa in April 2017, City Opera presented another 20th-century Italian rarity, Montemezzi’s L’Amore dei tre re in April 2018. The company inaugurated its Pride Initiative last June with the New York premiere of Péter Eötvös’s Angels in America and continues that initiative with the long-awaited U.S. premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain.
For more information please visit: www.nycopera.com