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304 Star Starred
Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Terrace Theater
at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802
562-436-3661
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"Ainadamar"
13 ratings
3.9 average rating
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2 reviews
3 stars
attended May 20 2012

I very much enjoyed the music and the singing, especially the Lorca role. But since it was about Lorca,I expected the libretto to be more poetic. I also found the staging to be dull.

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Skimeup Red Velvet
71 events
26 reviews
53 stars
attended May 20 2012

I am a huge fan of Long Beach Opera but at the reception afterwards, everyone seemed to feel that as good as LBO is, this was the best thing ever. A full lush orchestra, beautiful music, and great singing. More of a "music drama" than an opera.

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44 events
16 reviews
11 stars
attended May 26 2012

I don't always like modern opera, but I absolutely loved this one. As to the LBO, the singers and the orchestra were terrific. I am so glad I saw the offer on Goldstar as otherwise I wouldn't have known that it was being performed localy.

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Quotes & Highlights

“Golijov’s score is amazing, in its opening distant trumpet calls, its insinuating dance rhythms, its vital command of percussion and its arrestingly beautiful arias for women’s voice. The end is a devastatingly lush trio … " —Mark Swed,_ Los Angeles Times_

Description

Ainadamar (arabic for “Fountain of Tears”) tells the story of the Spanish playwright and poet Federico Garcia Lorca who was executed in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. Lorca’s life and deaths are told in flashbacks by actress Margarita Xirgu, for whom Lorca wrote some of his greatest female roles. Xirgu remembers him during the last moments of her own life, which ended in 1969. Ainadamar becomes a gripping reflection on the undying faith of a people, the moral duty of the artist and the relationship between artistic and political freedom. “I am freedom. I am wounded and bleeding hope,” sings the dying Xirgu at the opera’s cathartic close.

The opera runs 90 minutes without an intermission.

Sung in Spanish with English supertitles.

There is a pre-performance talk one hour before show time.

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