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Brokeback Mountain - the opera - premières in Madrid

Annie Proulx's tale of forbidden love between two Wyoming cowboys has already become an Oscar-winning film, and now it’s getting the operatic treatment. On the day that it premières at Madrid's Opera Real, we hear from Proulx on why she wrote the libretto, and how she thinks her story lends itself well to the medium.

Sticking with the classical theme, we’re discovering an American take on European opera with Ryan Brown, founder and conductor of the US-based Opera Lafayette. He tells Catherine Nicholson about the artistic coincidences behind why his company is playing Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Philidor’s Les Femmes Vengées back-to-back in two marathon musical sessions with the same singers and musicians.

Also on the show: we discover how Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour is planning to bring peace to Central African Republic; and we find out how French horse theatre from Bartabas, and Chinese musical virtuosity from pianist Wu Mu Ye formed part of a massive celebration of 50 years of Franco-Chinese diplomatic relations.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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2017-04-21 culture

Iran's symphony orchestra sings in French for first time in a decade

From a symbolic concert in Iran to the treasures of Islam in Africa via Tamikrest’s Malian rebel music, Eve Jackson takes you on a world tour of this week’s culture news.

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2017-04-20 culture

Wang Ramirez: 'Working with Madonna was intense, exciting and powerful'

Gravity-defying dance duo Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez speak to Eve Jackson about choreographing for Madonna, reflecting society in their work and fusing their backgrounds of...

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2017-04-19 culture

Film show: 'Life', 'Gold' and the latest TV series to watch

From an alien life form sucking out your insides in "Life" with Jake Gyllenhall and Ryan Reynolds to a balding, chubby Matthew McConaughey starring as an unlucky businessman in...

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2017-04-18 culture

Sugar Sammy: Sugar and spice and all things taboo

Canada’s top standup comedian speaks to Eve Jackson about his mission to conquer France, receiving death threats for his bilingual comedy in Quebec and why French women can be...

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2017-04-17 culture

Thylacine lays tracks along the Trans-Siberian railway

Nine thousand two hundred and eighty-eight kilometres, 105 stations, 13 days and one mission: To compose an album while crossing Russia aboard the Trans-Siberian train. French...

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