Based on the life of famous writer Federico Garcia Lorca and his murder by Fascists during the Spanish Civil War, Ainadamar celebrates Lorca’s fight for artistic, political and personal freedom.

For the first time on the West Coast, audiences will have the opportunity to see Ainadamar fully staged in its acclaimed revised version.

The production features soprano Suzan Hanson as Lorca’s close friend, the actress Margarita Xirgu; mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell as Federico Garcia Lorca; and soprano Ani Maldjian as Xirgu’s pupil, Nuria. Conductor Steven R. Osgood will lead the LBO Orchestra and Chorus.

Ainadamar (Arabic for “fountain of tears”) refers to an ancient well near the city of Granada where Lorca is believed to have been executed by Fascists during the Spanish Civil War.

Lorca’s life is told through the memories of his close friend, aging Catalonian actress Margarita Xirgu. Exiled and living in Uruguay, she is about to perform in Lorca’s play, Mariana Pineda. Flooded with thoughts of her past and overcome with guilt she was unable to save the life of her friend, Xirgu shares Lorca’s story with her student, Nuria. Before she can go on stage, Xirgu dies with the realization Lorca has survived through her and through his works; and that Nuria and others like her will continue to make him live as a symbol of artistic and personal freedom.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes without intermission. Sung in Spanish with English supertitles.

  • Performing arts
  • Los Angeles
  • May 26, 2012
  • 08:00 pm


Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802

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