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Osvaldo Golijov

Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov (born Dec. 5, 1960) won two 2007 Grammy Awards (Best Opera Recording and Best Contemporary Classical Composition) for his opera Ainadamar (Fountain of Tears), featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw (see below) and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano.

Ainadamar tells the story of dramatist Federico García Lorca and his muse, Catalan stage actress Margarita Xirgu (in a twist, Lorca is played by a woman), through Arab, Jewish, and flamenco elements. Despite being Golijov's first opera, Ainadamar has cemented his place as one of the most imaginative operatic voices of our time. In this interview with WGBH 89.7 classical host Cathy Fuller, Golijov discusses Ainadamar from his home in Brookline, Mass., in August 2006.

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