María de Buenos Aires
Tango operita in two acts
Libretto by Horacio Ferrer
When, in the mid-20th century, Astor Piazzolla invented the tango nuevo with the aid of tango, folk, jazz and baroque music, he ushered in the renaissance of the classic tango Argentino which, 50 years earlier, had found its way into the upper echelons of society from the run-down suburbs. María also comes from a suburb of Buenos Aires. A prisoner of the lustful desires of a world dominated by crime and machismo, she becomes a figure onto which the mores of her environment are projected. Revered as a saint, debased as an object, she unerringly goes her own way and, following her death, rises phoenix-like to live again. Piazzolla’s tango opera was first given in 1968. It is a work at once thought-provoking and intoxicating that highlights social injustices and celebrates life, and is a declaration of love for the tango as well as an indictment of it. The folksmilch ensemble has made the crossing of all stylistic boundaries its speciality, enabling it to provide a new sound that is as authentic as it is exciting. María de Buenos Aires “reloaded”!
In Spanish with German and English surtitles
Introduction to the work 30 minutes before curtain-up