Brokeback Mountain, Teatro Real, Madrid – review

January 29, 2014 5:48 PM

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Gerard Mortier is gravely ill. We have known this for some time but it is still a shock to see the ousted artistic director of Madrid’s Teatro Real so gaunt. It reminds us that life is a temporary condition for all of us.

At a press conference held directly before the world premiere of American composer Charles Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain, Mortier spoke openly about his mortality and about the opera. La traviata was also a scandal when it was first performed in Venice, he remarked. Brokeback Mountain might scandali...

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