Immerse yourself in the rhythm and pulse of Ainadamar, an astonishing explosion of love, loss, poetry, music, dance, war and the power of memory.
Ainadamar (Arabic for ‘Fountain of Tears’) brilliantly reimagines the life of Spanish poet, playwright, and national icon Federico García Lorca, whose politics and sexuality led to his brutal execution by facists during the Spanish Civil War. His story comes to life with startling beauty in this electrifying show.
Osvaldo Golijov’s cinematic, Grammy-award winning score grabs you from the very first beat – weaving together influences from around the world in a mesmerizing mixture of opera and the traditional song and dance of Andalusia, including flamenco and rumba rhythms.
Olivier Award-winning choreographer and director Deborah Colker, renowned for her work with Cirque du Soleil and for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, makes her hotly anticipated opera debut, bringing her signature grit, energy and passion to the stage.
‘Golijov’s masterpiece, destined to be among the great musical achievements of our time.’
— Pierre Ruhe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Deborah Colker on helping Scottish Opera embrace the spirit of flamenco for Ainadamar – The Scotsman
Opera’s life of Lorca – VoxCarnyx
‘It’s a simultaneous hit on all the senses, combining the noble passions of opera with the instant-fix adrenaline of a West End musical.’ – The Scotsman
Ainadamar is a ‘triumph. Much of that comes down to Golijov’s foot-tapping, shoulder swaying music… the score is full of flamenco rhythms and Spanish dances that crackle irresistibly with energy.’ – The Times and The Sunday Times
‘This darkly compelling work is a visual feast – The Stage