María de Buenos Aires

Maria de Buenos AiresStarring Catalina Cuervo in the title role and featuring world-acclaimed tango dancers Fernanda Ghi & Guillermo Merlo, this uniquely beautiful tango operita by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla was first performed in Buenos Aires in 1968.

It’s an intoxicating blend of music, poetry, and dance—a celebration of the joy, sadness, and mystery of life.

María is a prostitute “born on a day when God was drunk.” Drifting through the Buenos Aires underworld, immersed in the rhythms of tango and the spicy language of the streets, María is murdered by criminals. She returns as a ghost to haunt her old neighborhoods, and she gives birth to a child who may be herself. While the story itself is exotic and surreal, this uniquely beautiful opera conveys a palpable sense of the gritty streets of Buenos Aires, where life and death are drenched in the passion and poetry of the tango.

This work is Eugene Opera’s first production in Spanish. It will be performed in Spanish, with English supertitles.

Catalina Cuervo


Known as the "Fiery Soprano", Colombian-born Catalina Cuervo holds the distinction of having performed the most performances of Piazzolla's "Maria de Buenos Aires."
“If there is such a thing as a perfect role for a singer, then María is mine.” —Catalina Cuervo

Known as the “Fiery Soprano,” Colombian-born Catalina Cuervo holds the distinction of having performed the most performances of Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires. Ms. Cuervo has performed the role of “María” for numerous prestigious companies including Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and Syracuse Opera to name a few.

Hoy en día, la Soprano Colombiana Catalina Cuervo es la cantante en el mundo con la mayoría de producciones en su cinturón de la ópera María de Buenos Aires de Piazzolla. Cuervo ha cantado el papel de “María” para empresas como Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnatti Opera, Syracuse Opera y Alaska Opera. Este papel le ha dado fama en Estados Unidos.

“Soprano Catalino Cuervo sang María with full-throated passion, her ability to articulate tango rhythm while spinning long, sensuous lines a marvel to behold.” —Chicago Tribune

Read more about Catalina Cuervo’s acclaimed performances as María

Fernanda Ghi & Guillermo Merlo


Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo
Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo

Fernanda Ghi & Guillermo Merlo are one of the most prominent couples in the world of Argentine Tango. They are renowned for their elegant style, unique interpretation, creative choreography and powerful command of the stage.

Fernanda & Guillermo are 1999 World Tango Champions and 1998 Tony Award nominees for their choreography in the Broadway sensation Forever Tango. They conceived, choreographed, directed and starred in the international hit Tango Dreams, and they are also featured in the PBS special Tango Magic, and Miami filmmaker Pablo Alsina’s short film The Painting.

“The true essence of tango—the embrace of the couple that creates two opposing energies that move in the same direction—is what interests us the most…. Experience the essence of tango with us—a genuine way of being and sharing energy with another human being, of not expecting anything in return. This is the true expression of our souls.”

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Soreng Theater at the Hult Center
$34 – $54 | Students $15


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