A new production of Osvaldo Golijov's opera Fountain of Tears (Ainadamar), with a libretto by David Henry Hwang, opened April 8 at Detroit Opera. The production, directed by Deborah Colker, is a co-production of Detroit Opera, Opera Ventures, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera, and is expected to come to the Met in the 2024-25 season.
The opera, which had its premiere in 2003, is based on the life of poet Federico García Lorca, who was arrested and executed by the Falange during the Spanish Civil War. Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack plays Lorca, alongside soprano Gabriella Reyes as actress Margarita Xirgu, who starred in Mariana Pineda, one of Lorca's most famous plays. Soprano Vanessa Vasquez plays Xirgu's student Nuria, and flamenco singer Alfredo Tejada plays Ruiz Alonso, the Falangist who arrested Lorca.
Golijov's flamenco-infused score is conducted by Antonio Najarro. Director Deborah Colker leads a creative team which includes flamenco choreographer Antonio Najarro, set and costume designer Jon Bausor, projection designer Tal Rosner, lighting designer Paul Keegan, and sound designer Mark Grey.
Performances of Fountain of Tears continue at Detroit Opera through April 16.