Agence France-PresseMarch 9, 2014 11:34
Belgian Gerard Mortier, the avant-garde artistic director of Madrid's Teatro Real opera house until September last year, has died after battling cancer, the culture ministry said Sunday. He was 70.
Mortier, known for his risk-taking approach to scene work and keen interest in 20th-century opera, commissioned an adaptation of gay cowboy epic "Brokeback Mountain" for Teatro Real.
The opera took six years to complete, and a clearly ailing Mortier attended its premiere in January.