Brokeback Headed to Opera Stage

Composer working on converting Oscar-winning movie
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2008 9:45 AM CDT
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in "Brokeback Mountain." Now the short story on which the movie was based is to be an opera.   (AP Photo/Focus Features, Kimberly French)
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(Newser) Brokeback Mountain, the groundbreaking gay love story of two Wyoming ranch hands which went on to claim 3 Oscars, will be transformed into an opera, Reuters reports. The New York City Opera has commissioned a composer to write the work. 

"Ever since encountering Annie Proulx' extraordinary story I have wanted to make an opera on it, and it gives me great joy that New York City Opera has given me the opportunity to do so," he said