In celebration of the only U.S. appearance of a vivid new Spanish production of Ainadamar, Opera Philadelphia will present an exciting array of dance programs, concert performances, films and lectures.  The programs are presented with a variety of community partners, including The Barnes Foundation, Villanova University, Bryn Mawr Film Institute and Pasión y Arte.

Flamenco Dance Class
Presented by Pasión y Arte
Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Overbrook Garage Studio
6411 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia
Cost: $15
Flamenco possesses a wide variety of melodies and rhythms that together can express the deepest and most complex essence of being human. Get your feet moving to the seductive rhythms of flamenco at this introductory class presented by Pasion y Arte! Registration required.
Between the Notes
Wednesday, January, 29, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
Opera Philadelphia Conference Room
1420 Locust Street, Suite 230, Philadelphia
FREE to contributors of $100 or more
Learn more about Ainadamar in a discussion of flamenco music and dance by Elba Hevia y Vaca of Pasión y Arte. Also joining us will be noted local Lorca expert Dr. Salvatore Poeta of Villanova University, who will share information about Lorca the poet, his muse Margarita Xirgu, and his play Mariana Pineda.  Finally, Opera Philadelphia artistic staff will discuss the opera’s music, production and cast. This event is open to Opera Philadelphia contributors of $100 or more. Reservations required via
Lorca Film Screenings at Villanova University
Mariana Pineda
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Villanova University’s Connelly Center Cinema: 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Villanova University’s Driscoll Hall Auditorium 132: 7:00–9:30 p.m.
The Disappearance of García Lorca
Friday, January 31, 2014
Villanova University's Connelly Center Cinema: 2:00–5:30 p.m.
Villanova University's Driscoll Hall Auditorium 132: 8:00–10:30 p.m.
As a prelude to the opera Ainadamar, explore Federico García Lorca and his works through two dynamic films, presented by Villanova University's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Mariana Pineda is a stunning flamenco interpretation of Lorca’s play, which is featured prominently throughout Ainadamar. In Death in Granada: The Disappearance of García Lorca, a journalist (Esai Morales) starts an investigation into the disappearance of the famed poet and political agitator (Andy Garcia).
A Taste of Opera
Presented by Opera Philadelphia and The Barnes Foundation 
Sunday, February 2, 2014 from 3:00–4:00 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Join us for a celebration of Federico García Lorca at The Barnes Foundation. Selections from Osvaldo Golijov’s spectacular opera Ainadamar will be performed along with readings of Lorca’s poems by Dr. Salvatore Poeta of Villanova University, with a flamenco dance performance provided by Pasión y Arte.  While the event is free and open to the public, The Barnes Foundation offers free timed tickets to view the famed collection through its Free First Sunday’s program on a first come-first served basis. Visit the Barnes website for information on tickets to the museum for this event.  This special Taste of Opera program is offered in collaboration with Villanova University’s Romance Languages Department.
Opera Philadelphia at the Movies: Blood Wedding
Presented by Opera Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute | 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Ticket prices per film: Adult - $10.50; Senior - $8.00; Student - $7.00; BMFI Member - $5.00
A classic Spanish cinema masterpiece highlights the art of flamenco on film at Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Spanish director Carlos Saura created a sensation with his sexy and dramatic flamenco-themed films in the 1980s.  In his captivating adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s dramatic play Blood Wedding, the tragic heroine, known only as La Novita (the Bride)is torn between love and duty. Part of Saura’s “Flamenco Trilogy,” this theatrical film blends ballet with flamenco dancing to embody the language and story of dance.
Feb. 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 2014
Academy of Music
Opera ticketholders can warm up for Ainadamar with a pre-curtain lecture in the Academy of Music one hour before each performance. These free, informal talks will enhance your appreciation of all the operas you see this season. FREE to all Ainadamar ticketholders for the day listed on your opera ticket.

Production underwritten by Ms. Barbara Augusta Teichert.
Additional support provided by the General Director's Council.
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.