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Brokeback Mountain is Opera-Bound

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Jun. 9 2008, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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By now we're used to big screen hits like Legally Blonde being turned into Broadway musicals, but here's something a little different.

The New York City Opera has commissioned a top composer to turn Brokeback Mountain, the short story that inspired the movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, into an opera.

The 2005 film, based on Annie Proulx's 1997 short story about two ranch-hands, picked up three Oscars, plus a Best Actor nomination for Heath.

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Now the city's Opera, one of the world's leading companies, has asked 70-year-old Charles Wuorinen to adapt it for the stage.

"Ever since encountering Annie Proulx's extraordinary story, I have wanted to make an opera on it," Wuorinen said in a statement.

It is scheduled to premiere in 2013.

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