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Brokeback Mountain, the Opera

The New York Daily News reports that:

Five years from now, we’ll not be able to quit those boys all over again.

The New York City Opera has commissioned an opera based on “Brokeback Mountain,” the Annie Proulx short story that became the basis for the 2005 Oscar-winning movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger.

“Ever since encountering Annie Proulx’s extraordinary story I have wanted to make an opera on it,” Wuorinen said in a statement.

A great idea for a great film, and though it’s unfortunate and perhaps crass to say, Heath’s passing only intensifies the tragedy of it all.