Maria de Buenos Aires

October 7 – 9, 1998

Production Language Spanish
Country of Origin Argentina
Description Following his captivating tribute to the tangos nuevos of Astor Piazzolla last fall, internationally acclaimed classical violinist Gidon Kremer returns to BAM this October, once again enlisting his prodigious talents in the service of Piazzolla's intensely passionate compositions. Maria de Buenos Aires, co-written in 1967 with Uruguayan poet Horacio Ferrer, was the only operatic work Piazzolla ever composed. A "tango opera," this work is a perfect correspondence between music and text, and remains an emotional testament to the art of tango and the city of Buenos Aires.

The title role is a personification of the name the Spanish gave to the city in 1580, when they christened it in honor of the Virgin Mary. Derived from urban legend, Maria de Buenos Aires is a fictitious and ambiguous character, whose life and death came to personify the decadent charm of the Argentinean capital.

Working from original arrangements, Kremer is joined by seven musicians (including all of last year's performers) and Maria's librettist, Ferrer. The text-which he narrates-is a puzzle of verse and made up words created to suit the intensity of Piazzolla's music. Maria de Buenos Aires is a sensual musical poem that will transport listeners to a fantastical, evocative place.
Identifier 1998f.00646
Season Fall 1998
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
lighting designerMiriam Nilofa Crowe
musical directorLeonid Desi︠a︡tnikov
translator/interpretorChristopher Bergen