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February 5, 2014

Opera Philadelphia Presents The Grammy Award-Winning Spanish Opera, Ainadamar, On Its Only United States Stop, February 7-16

Opera Philadelphia welcomes Ainadamar to its stage for the Grammy-winning Opera's only stop in the United States, February 7-16. (Photo by Fernando Daniel Fernandez courtesy Opera Philadelphia)

Opera Philadelphia continues its current season with a performance of the Grammy Award-winning Opera, Ainadamar on its only United States stop, opening this Friday, February 7.

Ainadamar, the first opera by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, tells the story of the life and dramatic death of Federico García Lorca, a Spanish poet and playwright who was executed for his political beliefs during the Spanish Civil War.

Lorca lived a controversial life and is now one of Spain’s most regarded literary figures. The high-energy flamenco and rumba-inspired performance tells the life of Lorca through the eyes of his muse, Margarita Xirgu — a famous actress of the time — in a series of dreamlike flashbacks.

Ainadamar, is Latin for fountain of tears and is the name of a natural spring near Granada, Spain, which is the site where Lorca was executed.

The opera runs on select days from February 7 through 16 — February 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16, click here for the showtimes.

Though performed in Spanish, English supertitles make the language of the show approachable. And with tickets starting at an affordable $20, Opera Philadelphia makes this remarkable work accessible for a wide range of audiences.

Opera Philadelphia Presents Ainadamar
When: February 7-16
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $20-$232
More info: www.operaphila.org

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