Osvaldo Golijov, associate professor in the College's music department, has won two Grammy Awards — in the categories of "Best Opera Recording" and "Best Classical Contemporary Composition" — for his opera Ainadamar.
"It took many people with amazing and diverse talents, working very hard, to give birth to this opera," Golijov said, after receiving the Grammys. "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," which means "fountain of tears" in Arabic, 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.
Three of Golijov's other works have also recently been considered for Grammys: Last year, the song cycle Ayre was nominated for "Best Classical Contemporary Composition" — previously, the 2002 EMI CD Yiddishbbuk and the 2000 recording of La Pasión según San Marcos received nominations.