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Ainadamar (2003): Reviews
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From: Opera News (Simon Williams)

The highlight of the (Santa Fe) festival was Ainadamar... In Peter Sellars' production, it became a ritual that mourned not the death of an individual man but the appalling waste of youth, beauty and life that blighted the last century and now threatens our own.... Golijov's mesmerizing score articulates the destruction of spontaneity and beauty with disquieting accuracy. The vital rhythms of flamenco are dismembered by the sounds of war – mean fanfares on the brass, the oppressive rhuthms of the march, the dismal breakdown of tonal beauty, and the incursion of spoken voices, commanding, screaming, babbling in fear – which are replaced, in turn, by the piercing, elegant music of lamentation. It is music arising from the sounds of life, centered constantly on the misery we visit on ourselves through an ineradicable urge toward violence...at the end the body of the expired Margarita rises to confront Lorca's killer with the word "freedom" on her lips, but the terrified soldiers withdraws, terrified, unable to comprehend the word.

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