Composer: Osvaldo Golijov
Librettist: David Herry Hwang
Other Artistic Personnel: Chay Yew (Director)
Robert Spano (Conductor)
Original Cast: Dawn Upshaw (Margarita Xirgu)
Kelley O'Connor (Federico García Lorca)
Jessica Rivera (Nuria)
Jesús Montoya (Ruiz Alonso)
Eduardo Chama (José Tripaldi)
Sean Mayer (Maestro)
Rob Asklof (Torero)
Premiere Date: August 10, 2003
Producing Company: Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music
Description: The opera tells the story of playwright Federico García Lorca and his lover and muse, Catalan actress Margarita Xirgu. A unique aspect of this opera is that the part of male Lorca is played by a woman. Subtitled "an Opera in Three Images", Ainadamar is told in reverse in a series of flashbacks, and involves Lorca's opposition to the Falange, accusations of homosexuality, and his subsequent murder.
Character List (Major): Margarita Xirgu (s)
Federico García Lorca (mz)
Nuria (s)
Ruiz Alonso (flamenco singer)
José Tripaldi (bar)
Maestro (t)
Torero (t)
Character List (Minor): 3 Sop/3 Mezzos
Reviews: The New Yorker, Alex Ross, Sept. 1, 2003; San Diego Magazine, David Gregson; Opera News, Willard Spiegelman;, Wes Blomster; Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed; Boston Herald, T.J. Medrek; Boston Globe, Richard Dyer
Length: 01:20
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 3 fl(afl, picc), 1 ob, 2cl, 1 bsn(cbn) - 2hrn, 2tpt, 1tbn - 2 gtr, hrp, kbd, laptop - 3perc - str
Contact: Jonathan Brill, Executive Vice President, Opus 3 Artists
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Phone: 212-584-7500
Composer Web Site:
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2005 Audience Development Project
Project Name: AINADAMAR - Audience Development Activities
Awardee: Santa Fe Opera, The
Director: Peter Sellars
Conductor: Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Designer: Gronk
Award Category: 2009 Robert L.B. Tobin Directo
Project Name: Ainadamar
Awardee: Mike Donahue
Director: Mike Donahue
Designer: Anya Klepikov, Ji-Youn Chang, Daniel Vatsky
Schedule of Performances Listings
Ainadamar (Golijov)
Friday, February 7, 2014 - Opera Philadelphia
Ainadamar (Golijov)
Thursday, July 9, 2009 - Cincinnati Opera
Ainadamar (Golijov)
Friday, March 14, 2008 - Opera Philadelphia
Ainadamar (Golijov)
Friday, March 14, 2008 - Curtis Institute of Music Opera Theatre
Ainadamar (Golijov)
Saturday, July 30, 2005 - Santa Fe Opera
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