Saturday, September 16, 2017
At 8:00 PM
George Washington University
730 21st Street, NW.
About the Show
Pan-American Symphony Orchestra (PASO) will present María de Buenos Aires, a tango-opera with music by Astor Piazzolla and lyrics by Horacio Ferrer that premiered at the Sala Planeta in Buenos Aires on 8 May 1968. This beautiful piece will be performed by an all Argentine cast: Mariana Quinteros as María; Martín de Leon as the Dreamy Sparrow and the Gaucho Minstrel, Hugo Medrano as the Poet Goblin and Drunk, and a talking choir of psychoanalysts. Rodolfo Zanetti on bandoneon.
About María de Buenos Aires
Maria de Buenos Aires is a genre-bending tango-opera that is hauntingly seductive and surreal. Maria was born in the slums of Buenos Aires, Argentina "on a day that God was drunk... with a curse in her voice." She passionately longs for freedom. Rejecting innocent love, she becomes seduced by the streets, pulled into the seedy underworld. Maria is both prostitute and virgin, sleepwalking through scenes of violence, her own burial, dreamlike confessions to psychoanalysts, her own resurrection, and finally giving birth to a new version of herself.
This performance is made possible by DC Commission on the Arts and the Humanities and is sponsored by the Embassy of Argentina.