Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar Performed by the Long Beach Opera
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The last date listed for Ainadamar was Saturday May 26, 2012 / 8:00pm.
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Kenyon Brown
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Enjoyed the pre-show talk - well at least the parts in English... Theatrical staging, lead singers were quite strong. Great venue.
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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.
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_
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.