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Santa Fe Opera to present Ainadamar
From the Santa Fe Opera

[Richard] Gaddes also announced today that the company will give the first fully staged production of Ainadamar (Fountain of Tears) by the Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov. Peter Sellars will direct the production which will feature Dawn Upshaw in the role she created in performances at Tanglewood, and which she also sang recently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

"We are thrilled to be presenting a work by this important composer to our audiences for the first time," commented Mr. Gaddes. "Ainadamar has already received much acclaim, and the fact that it reunites Peter Sellars and Dawn Upshaw, who collaborated so spectacularly in Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de loin in 2002, will make a much-anticipated event for our audiences. It will also mark the first time in twenty-nine years that The Santa Fe Opera has presented an opera sung in Spanish," he said.

Ainadamar is based on the life of the Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, with a libretto by David Henry Hwang. Ms. Upshaw appears as the actress Margarita Xirgu, for whom Lorca wrote many of his great works. In his company debut is the conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who also led the Los Angeles performances. The young conductor, winner of a 2002 Seaver/NEA Conductors Award, is Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In a statement, Mr. Golijov, the recipient of a 2003 MacArthur Genius Award, said: "I cannot wait to work with Peter Sellars, Dawn Upshaw and Miguel Harth-Bedoya on the new summer 2005 Santa Fe production of Ainadamar. Peter, David Hwang and I are already working on the newly expanded version and I have every confidence that the new Fountain of Tears will serve to tighten the drama and give both Lorca and Xirgu their true tragic stature. I believe this new version will reverberate with a deeper beauty."

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