Friday, December 5, 2014

Aachen to revive Wuorinen's Brokeback Mountain

Christian Tschelebiew and Mark Omvlee
Charles Wuorinen's operatic adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, based on the 1997 Annie Proulx's story of a cowboy love affair that became an Oscar-winning film is set for a revival on December 7th at Theater Aachen in Germany. German bass-barihunk Christian Tschelebiew will play the role of Ennis Del Mar, which was portrayed by Heath Ledger in the 2005 movie adaptation and Dutch tenor Mark Omvlee will will play the Jake Gyllenhaal role of Jack Twist. In the smaller role of Bill Jones is Stefan Hagendorn, who we've featured on this site twice before.

Brokeback Mountain was originally commissioned for a 2013 premiere by Gerard Mortier while he was at the embattled New York City Opera. When he became the head of the Teatro Real, Mortier decided to revive the work and present it there in 2014. Annie Proulx wrote the libretto.

Christian Tschelebiew and Mark Omvlee
Christian Tschelebiew trained at Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik Stuttgart. He has been a resident artist in Mainz, Augsburg, Erfurt und Gießen and at the Komishce Oper Berlin. He has also been a regular at the Bayreuth Festival where he has performed in Parsifal and Lohengrin.

In the world premiere, Ennis Del Mar was performed by Daniel Okulitch and Jack Twist by Tom Randle.

Performances in Aachen will run through January 22 and tickets and additional cast information are available online.

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