Long Beach Opera Presents Ainadamar at The Terrace Theater
2012-05-09 · By Editor
The Long Beach Opera continues its impressive, culturally diverse roster of unique and colorful performances with the tragedy, Ainadamar. This exclusive engagement will take place at the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, May 20th at 7:00 PM and Saturday, May 26that 8:00 PM.
Ainadamar (Arabic for “Fountain of Tears”) tells the story of the Spanish playwright and poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who was executed in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. Lorca’s life and death are told in flashbacks by actress Margarita Xirgu, for whom Lorca wrote some of his greatest female roles. Xirgu remembers him during the last moments of her own life, which ended in 1969. Ainadamar becomes a gripping reflection on the undying faith of a people, the moral duty of the artist and the relationship between artistic and political freedom. “I am freedom. I am wounded and bleeding hope,” sings the dying Xirgu at the opera’s cathartic close.
“The Long Beach Opera continues their long-standing tradition of excellence with a unique and emotive rendition of Ainadamar,” said Dan Spellens, Director of Theaters & Entertainment for SMG at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.” We are very thrilled, to once again welcome back the Long Beach Opera to the Terrace Theater,” he concluded.
Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office. Ticket prices range from $29 to $150. To charge by phone, please call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. The Box Office is located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard, and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For season subscriptions, please visit www.longbeachopera.org or call the Long Beach Opera Box Office at (562) 432-5934.