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Published on Jul 15, 2016
Operaview Production of "Maria de Buenos Aires" as part of Grimeborn festival at Arcola Theatre, 2016.
30, 31 August - 1,2,3 September
Maria was seduced by the tango. Now she is the most bewitching dancer in Buenos Aires, and the talk of its red light district. But when the languishing Piazzolla is driven mad by her ‘fatal passion’, he conspires to stop it dead. Maria is made of flesh and blood, but her spirit will to be harder to kill…
Astor Piazzolla’s 70-minute ‘operita’ is a unique masterpiece about passion, lust and the supernatural. Set against the backdrop of a teeming city, and to the sound of milongas, tangos and waltzes, Maria de Buenos Aires binds the slang of brothels to the poetry of angels.
Natalie Katsou (The Medium, Wolf Kisses) returns to Grimeborn to direct this vibrant new production from Operaview, renowned for their merging of opera with dance and visual arts. The light and shade of Piazzolla’s score is brought to life by the Deco Ensemble, one of the UK’s finest tango quintets.
Maria De Buenos Aires is a unique species, the only tango opera (operita, as Piazzolla preferred, no relation to operetta as there is no comedy or lightness in that sense) ever composed with a beautiful poetry libretto by Horacio Ferrer. It involves tango, opera, dance, puppets and a narrator/actor.
This rarely performed fascinating piece, composed by the Argentinian master of tango in 1967, will involve a cast of three singers, a quintet orchestra, an actor and a dancing couple. We will be collaborating with Deco Ensemble, the most exciting tango quintet in London, under the Musical Direction of Ricardo Gosalbo. The libretto will be in Spanish and the prose for the Poet will be in English.