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Ainadamar (2003)
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Emerging from darkness, the mythic world of Federico García Lorca comes into being. The sound of horses on the wind, the endless flow of the fountain of tears ("Ainadamar"), and the trumpet call of wounded freedom, the aspiration and determination that have been denied generation after generation echo across the hills. [continued...]
INSTRUMENTATIONSop/Sop/Alto/Ten/Bar/3 Sop/3 Mezzos

DURATION80'00" (one act)
WORLD PREMIERETanglewood festival of Contemporary Music; August 10, 2003
WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERSDawn Upshaw, Soprano/Kelley O'Connor, Alto/Amanda Forsythe, Soprano; Charles Blandy, Tenor; Flamenco Cantaor/Shanon De Vine, Baritone; Vocal Fellows from the Tanglewood Music Center. Production directed by Chay Yew.
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCESWest Coast Premiere: February 29, 2004. Disney Hall; Los Angeles. Same soloists/cast as World Premiere, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor.

New Production directed by Peter Sellars to premiere at the Santa Fe Opera, Summer 2005; featuring Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor.

In 2005/2006, Ainadamar will be presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw.
COMMISSIONCommissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with funds provided by Patricia Plum Wylde, Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser, the Omar del Carlo Tanglewood Fund, and Saville Ryan Marsh
DEDICATIONTo Sue Knussen (In Memoriam) and Anthony Fogg
RECORDINGRecorded by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano conductor; Dawn Upshaw, soprano [album details]
SCORE AVAILABILITYPiano/vocal Score and Full Score available for sale. Parts available for rental.  [more info]
TEXTSLibretto by David Henry Hwang