Music Professor Osvaldo Golijov Picks Up Two Grammy Awards

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Grammy-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov, associate professor of music.

‘Ainadamar’ wins in opera categories

Osvaldo Golijov, associate professor of music at the College of the Holy Cross won both Grammy awards that he was nominated for in the categories of Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Contemporary Composition for his opera Ainadamar (Fountains of Tears).

"It took many people with amazing and diverse talents working very hard to give birth to this opera,” Golijov said after receiving the Grammy awards. “We never knew or even stopped to think what would happen after the first night. It is very beautiful to see that the work now has a life of its own, as it continues to be performed around the globe and recognized by these awards."

“Ainadamar” means “fountain of tears” in Arabic, and is the place where, in 1936, Spanish poet Federico García Lorca was murdered by Fascist soldiers during the early stages of the Spanish Civil War. The opera is centered around Lorca’s death, and the mourning of Margarita Xirgu, interpreted by acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw.

Golijov has been previously nominated for three Grammys. Last year, the song cycle Ayre was nominated for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Prior to that, the 2002 EMI CD Yiddishbbuk and the 2000 recording of La Pasión según San Marcos received nominations.

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