Brokeback Mountain: The Opera

You read that title right: the story of Brokeback Mountain, adapted from a 1997 short story by Annie Proulx to the very well-known 2005 film by Ang Lee, now exists in a new form, that of an opera! After seeing the film, Pulitzer Prize-winning Charles Wuorinen decided to compose an opera based on the story, and enlisted none other than Proulx herself to write the libretto.

The salient tale of a cowboy and a ranch hand who fall in love and must hide it from their families for years will be the composer’s second opera, following Haroun and the Sea of Stories in 2004. It will star Daniel Okulitch and Tom Randle in the leading roles and is sure to bring out the intense emotion of the original story in grand, operatic drama.

Brokeback Mountain opera

If this is exciting to you, guess what? You can access it through your very own music library!, a streaming database which we subscribe to, is offering a live stream of the opera’s premiere on February 7 at 2 pm!

Here’s what you do:

-Go to the AU Music Library subject guide page (

-Then select the “Databases/Indexes” tab on the top of the page.

-Scroll down to the link to “ – Virtual Classics Concert Hall” and click it!

-Then, if you are using an off-campus computer, you will be prompted to enter your last name and AU ID.

-Once you do this, you’ll be able to watch the premiere live (on your computer). Enjoy!