Detroit Opera Theatre presents its first-ever Spanish opera in ‘Ainadamar’
DETROIT, MI–Opera meets flamenco in Osvaldo Golijov’s Fountain of Tears, which reimagines the life of revolutionary poet Federico García Lorca, whose political views and sexual orientation led to his violent death during the Spanish Civil War.
The production, titled Ainadamar, opened this past weekend, and runs two more times on April 14th and 16th.
The opera tells the story of the Spanish playwright and actress Margarita Xirgu and her relationship with the poet Federico Garcia Lorca. The title refers to a well near Granada where Lorca was executed during the Spanish Civil War.
The opera is a haunting and emotional tribute to the life and art of Xirgu and Garcia- Lorca. The music is a fusion of different styles, including traditional Spanish music, flamenco, and contemporary classical music. Golijov’s score is full of lush harmonies, intricate rhythms, and soaring melodies, and the opera is beautifully staged with stunning visuals and dramatic lighting.
The libretto, by David Henry Hwang, is poetic and evocative, capturing the essence of the story and the characters’ emotions. The story itself is both tragic and inspiring, a testament to the power of art and the resilience of the human spirit.
Overall, Ainadamar is a deeply moving and powerful opera that explores themes of love, loss, and the enduring legacy of art.