Ainadamar

Osvaldo Golijov /LIBRETTO BY David Henry Hwang

Ainadamar

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Overview

Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Grammy Award–winning first opera dramatizes the life and work of poet-playwright Federico García Lorca, who was assassinated by Fascist forces at the start of the Spanish Civil War for his socialist politics and homosexuality. His story emerges through the memories of Catalan actress Margarita Xirgu, Lorca’s muse—sopranos Angel Blue and Gabriella Reyes—who reminisces to her student Nuria, portrayed by soprano Elena Villalón. Lorca himself makes a dreamlike appearance, sung as a trouser role by mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, and flamenco singer Alfredo Tejada completes the principal cast as the Falangist politician Ramón Ruiz Alonso, who arranged Lorca’s execution. Combining features of both an opera and a passion, Ainadamar, conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya in his Met debut, crackles with the energy and rhythms of flamenco and rumba, as well as the violent backdrop of civil war, all of which springs forth on the Met stage in a vivid company-debut production by Brazilian director and choreographer Deborah Colker, renowned for her work with Cirque du Soleil.

Music by Osvaldo Golijov
Libretto by David Henry Hwang

Production a gift of the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Endowment Fund, the Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation, in memory of Richard Gaddes, and The Halff Windham Foundation

Ainadamar is part of the Neubauer Family Foundation New Works Initiative

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Ventures, Scottish Opera, Detroit Opera, and Welsh National Opera

Creators

Deborah Colker

Production

Deborah Colker

Jon Bausor

Set and Costume Designer

Jon Bausor

Paul Keogan

Lighting Designer

Paul Keogan

Tal Rosner

Projection Designer

Tal Rosner

Mark Grey

Sound Designer

Mark Grey

Deborah Colker

Choreographer

Deborah Colker

Antonio Najarro

Flamenco Choreographer

Antonio Najarro

Composer

Osvaldo Golijov

Librettist

David Henry Hwang

Ainadamar