Vocalist - Bass-Baritone
Golijov: Ainadamar
Released: May 27, 2006
Catalog Num: CD 477 6165
This world-premiere recording of Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov: Ainadamar, received the 2006 Grammy Awards for "Best Opera Recording" and "Best Classical Contemporary Composition."

Osvaldo Golijov
Robert Spano
Kelley O'Connor (Mezzo Soprano - Federico García Lorca)
Jessica Rivera (Soprano - Nuria)
Jesus Montoya (Voice - Ruiz Alonso)
Jose Eduardo Chama (Baritone - José Tripaldi)
Sean Mayer (Tenor - Maestro)
Robb Asklof (Tenor - Torero)
Anne Carolyn Bird (Soprano - Voice of the fountain)
Sindhu Chandrasekaran (Soprano - Voice of the fountain)
Gonzalo Grau (Congas)
Jeremy Flower (Laptop)
Adam Del Monte (Flamenco Guitar)
Gustavo Santaolalla (Sound Effects)
William Kanengiser (Guitar)
Andrew York (Guitar)
Dawn Upshaw (Soprano - Margarita Xirgu)

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At first blush, a new opera meditating on the life and death of Spanish poet/playwright Federico Garcia Lorca seems an unlikely choice to be a chart hit. However, Osvaldo Golijov's "Ainadamar" is precisely that . . . Amid his gorgeous lyrical lines and brilliantly colored orchestration, Golijov embroiders the guitar and cante jondo ("deep song") idioms of traditional flamenco with lilting Afro-Cuban grooves and hypnotic field recordings made in Chiapas, Mexico . . . Upshaw's enthusiasm seems to be shared by audiences, programmers and critics alike.

Concert Review / Anastasia Tsioulcas, Billboard (New York) / 10 June 2006

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No one writing music today crosses stylistic barriers with more lyrical bravado and sheer compositional nerve than Osvaldo Golijov.

New York Magazine / 18 December 2006

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. . . beautifully produced . . . beguiling sensuality and original, compelling drama that relates art to politically frightful times, distant from but not entirely unlike our own . . . so powerful a vocal and dramatic presence is Dawn Upshaw's Xirgu that we experience Lorca's death through her own. Golijov . . . has become famous for his Latin charisma, which is once more splashed all over this enormously appealing and highly theatrical score . . . Kelly O'Connor, a dark, alluring mezzo who was plucked from the USC student vocal program to create the role of Lorca, is a find. And the conductor, Robert Spano, gets lovingly inside the music.

Record Review / Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times / 14 May 2006
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