29 February, 2 & 4 March,
75 mins, no interval
An Opera in Three Images
David Henry Hwang
Assistant to the Director
Associate Lighting Designer
& Chorus Master
Federico García Lorca
Ruiz Alonso (Arresting Officer)
Jose Tripaldi (Guard)
Spirit of Mariana Pineda/
Voice of the Fountain (Dancer)
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Advertiser Review (excerpts)
AINADAMAR, the fountain of tears, is almost too beautiful. A crowded
Festival Theatre greeted it with noisy and enthusiastic applause.
This is how you open a festival with something rare and very special.
It is essentially a work of intimacy, a chamber opera, but one which
in Graeme Murphy's production fills the stage and the theatre with
sumptuous music and movement.
The production is marked by the exquisite flow of light and colour
across the curved screens of the set.
Gloriously coloured, beautifully played, staged with astounding theatricality,
this is a triumph for State Opera and a work to see again.
In short: Radiant, intimate and moving
#84 Review (Excerpts) © Keith Gallasch & Virginia Baxter
Graeme Murphy gives Ainadamar the grand opera treatment. Curved moveable
screens by Brian Thompson move about the large Adelaide Festival Theatre
stage like giant sculptures. Tim Gruchy projects potent images onto
them, effectively evoking the historical moment and Lorca's symbolism.
The all female chorus dances. A huge upstage waterfall (a curtain
of real water in odd addition to Gruchy's projections) evokes the
Ainadamar Fountain. The spirit of Maria Xirgu and of the fountain
are embodied in a frequently present dancer, who despite the occasional
flamenco inflection appears to have wandered in from a Sydney Dance
Company production. Overall, the scale of the production and the opera
itself didn't seem to match. The principals sang well but rather quietly,
the orchestra seemed likewise restrained, although the pulse of their
playing was right. Much of the opera takes the form of intimate duets.
It feels like a chamber opera,but here the performers seemed dwarfed
by the production.