New York City Opera will present the U.S. premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s operatic adaptation of Brokeback Mountain as part of its new season. Performances will run May 31 and June 2–4, 2018, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.
The opera, based on the 2005 Ang Lee film of the same name, made its world premiere in 2014 at Madrid’s Teatro Real; it was originally commissioned by NYCO in 2008 before the company shut down in 2013.
The 2017–2018 lineup begins with Puccini’s 1910 opera La Fanciulla del West, running September 6, 8, 10 and 12. The New York premiere of Jose “Pepe” Martinez’s Cruzar la Cara de la Luna follows in January 2018, as well as Italo Montemezzi’s L’Amore dei Tre Re in April. The latter, directed by Paul Curran, will mark the first production in New York City in over a decade. All three titles will also run at the Rose Theater Main Stage.
The season also includes a chamber adaptation of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne, running in October, as well as a double bill of two operas based on the Pygmalion: Donizetti’s first opera Il Pigmalione and Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1748 opera. Performances will run in May 2018.
New York City Opera relaunched in 2016 following a three-year hiatus. This past season included Hal Prince's production of Candide and the upcoming presentation of Péter Eötvös' Angels in America.