Lorca and his death are at the core of Osvaldo Gulijov’s opera Ainadamar, but it is Margarita who weaves the stories together as she stands in the wings of a theater in Montevideo waiting to play Mariana one last time. Ainadamar doesn’t try to explain why Lorca was murdered. Lorca was a gay man, an artist envied for his talent and success. Such a man would not be tolerated in Franco’s Spain. But even as Spain retreated into a dark age, the self-exiled Margarita Xirgu kept Lorca’s words vividly alive.
Ainadamar will be performed by Cincinnati Opera at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at Music Hall. $26-$152.
Read Anne Arenstein's preview of Ainadamar and get tickets here.