Charles Wuorinen's Brokeback Mountain and Die von Eroberung Mexico by Wolfgang Rihm are the two big premieres announced by Gerard Mortier today for the Teatro Real's exciting-looking 2013-14 season.
Annie Proulx, the author of the original story, has written the libretto for Brokeback Mountain, which will be conducted by Titus Engel and directed by Ivo van Hove with the leading roles of Jack and Ennis filled by Tom Randle and Daniel Okulitch. Pierre Audi directs Die von Eroberung Mexico with Nadja Michael in the role of Montezuma.
The 2013-2014 season begins on September 14 with a revival of Il barbiere di Siviglia. The remainder of the season includes Purcell's The Indian Queen, L'elisir d'amore, Tristan und Isolde (with Bill Viola projections), Lohengrin, Les Contes d'Hoffman and two Gluck operas, Alceste and Orphée et Eurydice, the last of these in a Pina Bausch version. Alceste is a new Krystof Warlikowski production and features Anna Caterina Antonacci as Alceste. Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and I vespri siciliani will be presented in concert.
Earlier in the week, management quashed rumours that Gerard Mortier would leave his post as artistic director before his contract runs out in 2016.
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