Love is a farce of nature

La Cieca has just heard that, following up on the resounding critical and popular success of Tobias Picker‘s An American Tragedy, the Metropolitan Opera has rushed into the pipeline a new piece by Jake Heggie, Brokeback Mountain, based on the short story by Annie Proulx, with a libretto by Terrence McNally. Current plans are to “roll over” the American Tragedy cast into the new work, with Nathan Gunn as Ennis del Mar, William Burden as Jack Twist, Susan Graham as Alma and Anna Christy as Lureen. Dolora Zajick is rumored for the Randy Quaid role. Ms. Graham will include Alma’s aria, “You boys don’t go up there to fish!” in her upcoming recital tour. Director Francesca Zambello has recently sent out a casting call seeking “buff, masculine, uncut guys with tattoos, no fats or fems,” but a source tells us that actually these extras will be appearing in Zambello’s production of Suor Angelica.

14 Responses to “Love is a farce of nature”

  1. Wonderful idea, love to see it.

  2. operaprince Says:

    absolutely perfect!!!

  3. rysanekfreak Says:

    This is FABulous !

    As Tina Fey said on Saturday Night Live…”The only cowboy movie where the good guys get it in the end.”

  4. You are a mess, La Cieca. A hot mess.

  5. Il Tenore di Grazia Says:

    Gregory, I assume you meant that as an endearing compliment, right?

  6. Some of your posts are just fantastic; but then…this flaming, gay personality comes out and everything worthwhile that you wrote loses its meaning.

    Too bad, otherwise I’d be happy to supply you with a real “Met insider” stories.

    Straight.

  7. I love your sense of humor!

  8. To: NOT_GAY

    Since parterre.com has always been a “queer opera zine”, I think La Cieca is well within her rights to flaunt her “flaming, gay personality”. Lighten up just a bit…it’s all in good fun.

    La Cieca, all of us other “flaming, gay” personalties out in the dark love ALL of your posts!

  9. to not gay?? A STRAIGHT OPERA QUEEN, THAT’S A QUEER ONE!

  10. not_gay:

    I’m not sure what part of the “Brokeback Mountain” post was so wildly gay, I mean except that the characters in the movie are men who have sex with each other. I think it’s really funny to think of Sue Graham belting out, “You boys don’t do up there to FEEEEEEEESH!” (And, I might add, even a gay cowboy opera could not require Mr. Gunn to strip off more frequently than he does in “American Tragedy.”)

    Always interested in backstage stuff; don’t worry that anyone might think you’re gay: after all, your screen name takes care of that.

  11. Indiana Loiterer III Says:

    And the Met chorus plays a herd of sheep. Perfect.

  12. Il Tenore di Grazia Says:

    Actually, I see the plot of Brokeback Mountain as ideal for a song cycle a la Winterreise, except with two singers rather than one. Tenor and baritone or two baritones. The two characters would alternate describing or reminiscing about past times. When they first met; when they first looked forward to seeing the other one; their first time together; their dealing with what had happened; the recognition of their love; the pain of separation; the joy of reunions; etc. I’m sure you get the idea.

    It could be a sophisticated song cycle about love except sung by two men. Or two women I suppose.

    Ah, if only I could compose.

  13. “Mannerlieben und -leben”

  14. Il Tenore di Coloratura Superba Says:

    That does seem like a very good concept, ITDG – maybe something Jake Heggie or Adam Guettel would set very nicely, maybe even Hoiby. Too bad Barber isn’t still around, he would have written a fierce song cycle.

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