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Boston, Massachusetts 01810

Osvaldo Golijov
Libretto by David Henry Hwang
Boston Premiere
World Premiere: August 10, 2003, Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra
2005 revised version originated at Santa Fe Opera

October 19, 21m, 23
Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
Boston, Massachusetts
Sung in Spanish with surtitles

Margarita Xirgu: Dawn Upshaw*, soprano
Federico Garcia Lorca: Kelley O’Connor*, mezzo-soprano
Nuria: Jessica Rivera*, soprano

Conductor: Gil Rose
Stage Director: Robert Castro*
Scenic Design: Gronk*
Original Production Concept: Peter Sellars*

* Opera Boston debut

Golijov’s Ainadamar, is a mystical and poetic meditation on memory, politics, and exile, based on the life and work of Federico Garcia Lorca. Dawn Upshaw reprises the role of Margarita Xirgu, a Catalan actress and Garcia Lorca’s muse, which she created at Tanglewood and Santa Fe Opera. Mezzo Kelley O’Connor, who created the role of poet Federico Garcia Lorca, makes her Opera Boston debut. Jessica Rivera makes her Opera Boston debut as Nuria, a student of Margarita Xirgu. She has previously performed this role at Santa Fe Opera, and at Lincoln Center; her most recent Boston appearance was as the soprano soloist in Adams’ El Niño with the BSO.

Opera Boston presents Ainadamar in a production that originated at the Santa Fe Opera in 2005 and was originally conceived and directed by the visionary Peter Sellars. Mr. Sellars’ collaborator Robert Castro will oversee Opera Boston’s staging, and the production will use scenic designs created by Gronk for the Santa Fe Opera. Said Charnow, “With Ainadamar, Opera Boston departs from our practice of creating all-new productions because Peter’s definitive production must be seen by Boston audiences.”

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Added by secronin on March 15, 2007