You don't leave “Brokeback,” based on a short story by Annie Proulx about two cowboys in love, which was first adapted into a movie and then an opera. It was commissioned by New York City Opera but moved to Madrid’s Teatro Real and premiered in 2014 after City Opera filed for bankruptcy.

“It is very beautiful story, ” Wuorinen told The Associated Press, “but it is definitely not sentimental. It is not a romantic landscape. It’s a deadly one – it’s dangerous.”