This acclaimed tango operetta by Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla, first performed in Buenos Aires in 1968, has undergone a popular revival in recent years, wowing audiences in Long Beach, Anchorage, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Cincinnati, Providence, Minneapolis, and other cities. 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.
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Soreng Theater at the Hult Center
Here’s a short video to give you the flavor of María de Buenos Aires: