Ainadamar

Osvaldo Golijov

Ainadamar

"Fountain of Tears" | An Opera in Three Images
Feb. 7, 9m, 12, 14, 16m, 2014 | Academy of Music
Opera at the Academy

Poetry in emotion.

It’s been hailed as “ingenious” by The New York Times, “extraordinary” by The New Yorker, and “mesmerizing” by Opera News! Experience the Grammy Award-winning opera about the controversial life and defiant death of Federico García Lorca. Conducted by Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris, this vivid, flamenco-infused Spanish production features dancing by the legendary Antonio Gades Company. Don’t miss its only U.S. appearance this February in Philadelphia!

Lorca now stands as one of Spain’s greatest icons. But in 1936, he found himself standing in front of the firing squad at Ainadamar (“fountain of tears” in Arabic)—quite literally caught in the middle of the Spanish Civil War. In a series of rousing flashbacks, Lorca’s muse Margarita Xirgu conjures up her hero in a dreamlike passion play complete with everything from bullfighting and bravado to the artist’s struggle for love and free expression.

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Spanish translation:
“Fuente de Lágrimas” | Una opera en tres imagenes

La poesía en emocion.

Bien conocido y afamado poeta y dramaturgo, Federico García Lorca se ha convertido en una de las figuras literarias más importantes de España. Pero en 1936, se encontró frente a un pelotón de fusilamiento en Ainadamar (fuente de lágrimas en árabe)—literalmente atrapado en medio de la Guerra Civil de España. En esta impresionante producción con una serie de escenas muy conmovedoras de flashback, Margarita Xirgu, la musa y colaboradora de Lorca, evoca su vida controversial y su hostil muerte. La partitura por el compositor argentino, Osvaldo Golijov, ganó el premio Grammy por la plenitud de sus ritmos de rumba y flamenco. La obra Ainadamar presenta un drama visionario de pasión, realizado con todo desde la corrida de toros hasta la lucha personal del artista por la política, el amor y la expresión libre.

Venue:

Academy of Music
240 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Performance Schedule:

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Estimated Running Time:

Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission

Language:

Performed in Spanish with English supertitles

Production underwritten by Ms. Barbara Augusta Teichert.
Additional support provided by the General Director's Council.
NEA
Co-production from the Fundación Ópera de Oviedo, Festival Internacional
de Música y Danza de Granada, and Festival Internacional de Música de Santander
Audio excerpts from Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar (Prensa Festival de Granada, 2011; Corrado Rovaris, conductor). Featuring Marina Pardo (Lorca), Maria Hinojosa (Margarita Xirgu), Carmen Romeu (Nuria), Alfredo Tejada (Ramón Ruiz Alonso). Excerpts include: the opera’s opening Water and Horse Prelude; Young women sing the open chorus from Lorca’s play Mariana Pinedaas Margarita Xirgu reminisces about the play as we hear guitars strum in the orchestra. Margarita says “What a tragedy when young flesh is torn and gushes a torrent of hot blood.” In “A La Habana” (To Havana) Margarita tries to entice Lorca to join her theatrical troupe on a tour to Cuba. “A la Habana, y yo” (To  Havana, you and I), they say.  Then, we hear a portion of the “Interludio de Balazos y Lamento por la Muerte de Federico” (Interlude of Bullets and Lament for Federico’s Death) as a flamenco singer cries “Oh my God, what a great shame! Federico died!”  Margarita sings to Federico’s spirit that she has kept him alive in Latin America although his works have been banned in Spain. The excerpts end with rhythmic determined music of the opera’s final scene. Selections courtesy of Prensa Festival de Granada.