On February 17, people can listen to the compelling sounds of late-night tango culture, punctuated with a thrilling dance as Opera Southwest and the National Hispanic Cultural Center present “Maria de Buenos Aires”. Piazzolla’s masterwork and a mirror to the soul of Buenos Aires
Called a “tango operita” by composer Astor Piazzola and librettist Horacio Ferrer, Maria de Buenos Aires tells the story of an Argentinian prostitute, her death and afterlife. El Payador (a guitarist and singer) tries to protect her in life, while El Duende (the Ghost, who speaks his part) guides her through the afterlife. Opera Southwest’s surrealist depiction of the titular Maria’s sleepwalk through violence, death, the afterlife, and rebirth effortlessly weaves classical contrapuntal techniques with milonga, cabaret, and mid-century jazz. All performance will take place at the NHCC Journal Theatre.
- 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
- 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, with pre-show ‘Taste of Opera’
- 7:30 p.m. Taste of Opera Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
- 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019
Box office: 505-243-0591 x 1
Opera Southwest was founded in 1972 as Albuquerque Opera Theatre by Dr. Edward T. Peter, Maestro Kurt Frederick and others. The 2018-2019 season is Opera Southwest’s 46th year of producing world-class opera in Albuquerque. OSW is a professional, regional company producing two to three major operas per year selected from the best of the standard repertoire. To date OSW has produced over 120 major operas for hundreds of thousands of patrons, and we are especially proud to have mounted 23 world premieres including an opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s blockbuster novel Bless Me, Ultima, which made its debut in February 2018.