(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — MADRID — It was a short story, then a Hollywood movie. Now the tragic tale of two cowboys in love is being reinvented again as "Brokeback Mountain" — the opera.
Ahead of its world premiere Tuesday in Madrid, author Annie Proulx told The Associated Press that opera presented an chance to explore the complexities of the tale in a way that neither her own story nor the movie by director Ang Lee were able to do.
Proulx said she "rejoiced" when composer Charles Wuorinen approached her to write the libretto, because she understood that an opera "would give room, which the short story did not, and which the film was not particularly interested in doing," to open up the characters involved in the doomed love affair.
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