Scottish Opera: Ainadamar

£17.00 - 53.00

Evenings: 7.15pm

Running time (approx.): 1 hour 20 minutes (no interval)

Scottish Opera

In his critically acclaimed opera, Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov creates a vibrant, poetic sound world combining opera with flamenco dance and song.

Ainadamar (the Spanish pronunciation of the Arabic name ‘Ayn al-Dam’, meaning ‘The Fountain of Tears’) brilliantly reimagines and explores the life and works of Federico García Lorca – playwright and poet – whose anti-fascist stance and open homosexuality led to his death in 1936 at the hands of Franco’s Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War.

Love, loss, and death – opera’s favourite subjects – emerge through the memories of Margarita Xirgu (Lauren Fagan), muse and friend of Lorca (Samantha Hankey). As Margarita tells their story to her student Nuria (Julieth Lozano), Ainadamar becomes a modern passion play, looking ahead to Lorca’s legacy as an artistic martyr as well as reflecting on his life and works.

In this UK staged premiere, Olivier Award-winning choreographer and director Deborah Colker, known for her intensely physical dance work including with Cirque du Soleil, the 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony, and her own Companhia de Dança, makes her hotly anticipated opera directorial debut. The new co-production continues Scottish Opera’s successful partnership with Opera Ventures (Breaking the Waves 2019, Greek 2017). Timely and relevant, Ainadamar promises to be the Scottish premiere everyone will be talking about.

Sung in Spanish with English supertitles
A new co-production with Opera Ventures, Detroit Opera, The Metropolitan Opera and Welsh National Opera

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rhythms that crackle irresistibly with energy

The Times

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a simultaneous hit on all the senses

The Scotsman

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a powerful 80 minute immersion in the creative life of Lorca

The Herald

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Golijov's music is underpinned by the gritty, physical spirit of the dance

The Telegraph

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darkly compelling... a visual feast

The Stage

purely and simply, genuine entertainment

Vox Carnyx


Sung in Spanish,
with English supertitles

*Ticket price includes a contribution to the theatre development fund which pays for the restoration and upkeep of our theatres. A £1.50 handling charge will be added if you require postage for your tickets.


Show related events

Pre show Talk

Saturday 12 November, 6pm
Empire Rooms

These half-hour sessions delve into the detail of Ainadamar, enhancing your enjoyment and extending your knowledge of the piece. Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance. Limited availability

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Groups (8+) £6 off Stalls and Dress (Excluding Fri & Sat eve) Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

Concessions £3 off. (Excluding Fri & Sat eve) Concessions are limited to one per person and may be withdrawn at any time.

Under 26s £10 tickets. Subject to availability and with a valid ID. Can only be booked in-person at Box Office.

Student Standby £10 tickets. (Excluding Fri & Sat eve) Available on the day after 12pm from the Box Office at the Festival Theatre with a valid ID. 

School Groups £10, 1 adult free with every 10 children. (Excluding Fri & Sat eves) Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

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All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 


Audio Description

Sat 12 November 7.15PM

Touch Tours

Sat 12 November 6PM

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