Federico García Lorca: From a mural on a barn in his birthplace, Fuente Vaqueros, Andalucía, Spain

Golijov’s ‘Ainadamar’ brings Spanish poet to life

The Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s was one of the few times that liberal intellectuals took up arms and stormed the battlefield. Artists like Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson and even Dorothy Parker joined the futile struggle to keep Francisco Franco from taking power and beginning what turned into decades of dictatorship.

One of the great tragedies of the conflict was the 1936 execution of the Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca by the Falangists (one of the many factions involved in the war). Brookline-based composer Osvaldo Golijov has captured Garcia Lorca’s story in his opera “Ainadamar,” which had its premiere at Tanglewood in 2005.

Opera Boston, conducted by Gil Rose, will present a markedly revised version at the Cutler Majestic Theatre Friday, Sunday and Tuesday. Anticipation for the production, which stars Golijov’s frequent collaborator, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and is directed by Peter Sellars,is so high that all three performances are sold out.

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