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Opera Parallèle presents the Bay Area Premiere of the opera Ainadamar and will use advanced video technology to bring the story to life
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WHO ARE WE?

The award-winning Opera Parallèle is a professional, nonprofit organization that develops and performs contemporary chamber opera. These operas are internationally acclaimed but rarely performed. Opera Parallèle is the only organization in the Bay Area presenting fully cast and staged contemporary chamber operas exclusively. Opera Parallèle commissions chamber orchestrations of contemporary grand opera to give a sense of intimacy to its productions and to give an afterlife to contemporary works. These works provide a platform to bring together new audiences and emerging talent.

WHY KICKSTARTER?

As we embark upon presenting the Bay Area Premiere of Golijov's opera Ainadamar, we want to uphold our goal of engaging our audience with compelling new works. One way we do this is by bringing the story to life with the creative use of new technology. The rich symbolism found in Ainadamar’s libretto will be enhanced by the use of dramatically integrated video. Recent breakthroughs in video mapping make it possible to project images on any surface or shape. For example, by filming cast members in advance, when the three men confess before their execution, we will project faces of activists and martyrs, Jesus and Gandhi, on Lorca's face. The sets, a floating stage of perforated steel, evoke the parallel levels of heaven and earth and allow us to explore new dimensions of lighting with our projections. Integrating this technology costs time and money and ticket sales only account for a small percentage of our productions. We rely on the kindness of our supporters to bring these elaborate productions to the Bay Area. With each Kickstarter Donation, it will bring us closer to the further development of our intricate video design. Your generosity can contribute to our mission of engaging audiences with contemporary opera! Contributions of all sizes are welcome and appreciated.



WHAT IS AINADAMAR?

Ainadamar means “fountain of tears” in Arabic. It’s a real fountain that witnessed beautiful harmony in the 12th century; it’s a fountain to which Arab poets quoted by Federico Garcia Lorca wrote poems to the beauty, to the peace, to the inspiration, that that fountain provided to people. And it’s a fountain that –eight centuries later – witnessed the murder of this great poet. It’s a fountain that is the witness of harmony and the witness of barbarity.

                                                                                -Osvaldo Golijov

Golijov’s one-act opera Ainadamar tells the story of martyred Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca and his muse and most fervent advocate, actress Margarita Xirgu. The action of the opera takes place in the final moments of Xirgu's life. She stands in the wings in a theater in Montevideo, Uruguay about to perform Lorca's play Mariana Pineda, 33 years after the playwright was murdered by the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Xirgu was a close friend of Lorca's and was banished from Spain after his death in 1936. Ainadamar is a gripping reflection on the undying faith of a people, the moral duty of the artist and the relationship between artistic and political freedom. The opera artfully combines singing, visual arts and flamenco. This poignant story, with a libretto by award winning playwright David Henry Hwang, is told in flashback through the eyes of Lorca’s muse. 


PERFORMANCE INFO

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 8pm
Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 8pm
Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 2pm

Venue:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103-3138

Tickets can be purchased HERE

See more information HERE


The Cast
Margarita Xirgu, Marnie Breckenridge
Federico García Lorca, Lisa Chavez
Nuria, Maya Kherani
Tripaldi, John Bischoff
Ruiz Alonso, Jesus Montoya
Bullfighter, Andres Ramirez
Teacher, Ryan Bradford
Niñas, San Francisco Girls Chorus
Women’s Chorus, SFCM New Music Ensemble
Flamenco dancers, led by La Tania


Artistic and Production Team
Conductor, Nicole Paiement
Stage Director/Concept Designer, Brian Staufenbiel
Scenic and Lighting Designer, Matthew Antaky
Video Artist, Austin Forbord
Choreographer, La Tania
Costumer, Christine Crook
Wig and Make-up Artist, Jeanna Parham
Props Artisan, Valerie Niles

Risks and challenges

The video design we have planned for this opera is integral to the production. It will take our video artists many hours to complete and we realize that we are being ambitious for bringing this technology to the stage. However, the skill level of everyone involved is supremely high. With their training and abilities, we are certain they are up to the task. Each of our performances have outdone the last in terms of digital integration and Ainadamar will be no exception!

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