Maria de Buenos Aires -Piazzolla’s Opera- Arcola Theatre with Bartek Glowacki on accordion 30th August – September 3rd 2016

COMPANY Ricardo Gosalbo Piano Bartosz Glowacki Accordion Ian Helm Baritone Béatrice de Larragoïti Cover Soprano Rob Luft Electric Guitar Elena Marigómez Arranz Double Bass Sasha El Masry Tango Dancer Catarina Sereno Soprano Lucia Veintimilla Violin Bianca Vrcan Tango Dancer Matthew Wade Actor Music Ástor Piazzolla Words Horacio Ferrer Direction Natalie Katsou Music Direction Ricardo Gosalbo Arrangement Bob Barnes Set Design Jemima Robinson Lighting Design Rob Youngson Costume Design Kate Royds Visual Management Yiannis Katsaris

Maria de Buenos Aires- Arcola Theatre – 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL London, United Kingdom

at 19.30 (20.30 on 3rd September)

Well, like buses one waits for ages then two come along.  Only a few months after the Oskar McCarthy’s production of  Astor Piazzolla’s opera at the Waterloo Vaults, the Arcola Theatre launch their production on the 30th of August.  This time the music will be provided by London’s own Deco Ensemble with Bartel Glowacki on accordion.

Maria was seduced by the tango. Now she is the most bewitching dancer in Buenos Aires, and the talk of its red light district. But when the languishing Piazzolla is driven mad by her ‘fatal passion’, he conspires to stop it dead. Maria is made of flesh and blood, but her spirit will to be harder to kill…

Astor Piazzolla’s 90-minute ‘operita’ is a unique masterpiece about passion, lust and the supernatural. Set against the backdrop of a teeming city, and to the sound of milongas, tangos and waltzes, Maria de Buenos Aires binds the slang of brothels to the poetry of angels.

Natalie Katsou (The Medium, Wolf Kisses) returns to Grimeborn to direct this vibrant new production from Operaview, renowned for their merging of opera with dance and visual arts. The light and shade of Piazzolla’s score is brought to life by the Deco Ensemble, one of the UK’s finest tango quintets.

COMPANY

Ricardo Gosalbo Piano
Bartosz Glowacki Accordion
Ian Helm Baritone
Béatrice de Larragoïti Cover Soprano
Rob Luft Electric Guitar
Elena Marigómez Arranz Double Bass
Sasha El Masry Tango Dancer
Catarina Sereno Soprano
Lucia Veintimilla Violin
Bianca Vrcan Tango Dancer
Matthew Wade Actor
Music Ástor Piazzolla
Words Horacio Ferrer
Direction Natalie Katsou
Music Direction Ricardo Gosalbo
Arrangement Bob Barnes
Set Design Jemima Robinson
Lighting Design Rob Youngson
Costume Design Kate Royds
Visual Management Yiannis Katsaris

Tickets http://www.arcolatheatre.com/event/grimeborn-maria-de-buenos-aires/2016-08-30/

Standard £15
Concessions £12

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.
Understudy performance on 1 September.

Start time: 7.30pm.

Running time: 70 minutes approximately .

THIS PRODUCTION CONTAINS:
Violence
Scenes of a sexual nature

SUITABLE FOR 12+

Maria de Buenos Aires – Piazzolla’s Tango Opera – 6 dates in May and June 2016 – The Vaults, London

Maria de Buenos Aires

Maria de Buenos Aires – 6 dates in May and June 2016 – The Vaults, London

Fans of Astor Piazzolla and Tango will be pleased to hear that his opera is returning to London for 6 dates in May and June.  It’s quite rare to see this performed so here’s your chance to see it and even participate in a bit of tango dancing after the show!

OSKAR McCARTHY and A CURIOUS INVITATION present MARÍA DE BUENOS AIRES – a surreal operita tango with music by the creator of tango nuevo Argentinian bandoneonist ASTOR PIAZZOLLA and words by Uruguayan poet HORACIO FERRER.

Descend into the Vaults and mingle with the lowlife of old Buenos Aires: thieves, card sharps, pimps and whores. The Narrator will relate the story of the maestro of the bandoneon, Piazzolla’s muse, María, a prostitute born in the slums “one day when God was drunk … with a curse in her voice.” Maria is seduced by the rhythms of the tango and soon becomes “the most sorcerous singer and lover” in Buenos Aries. But her “fatal passion” arouses the wrath of the languishing Piazzolla, who, driven to madness by Maria’s unrelenting freedom, conspires with a group of robbers and brothel madames to murder her. After her death, her Shadow returns to haunt the sordid streets she once walked, and only then does Piazzolla realise the error of his ways: “Maria is music!” A modern day Passion Play, full of religious allusions and black humour, set to a soundtrack of tangos, milongas and waltzes.

This intimate 90-minute masterpiece featuring an 11 piece orchestra will be presented in the setting of an abandoned carnival. After the performance guests who, like María herself, refuse to depart the scene will be invited to tango into the small hours at our after show party.

María de Buenos Aires is presented by Oskar McCarthy and A Curious Invitation, by arrangement with Warner Chappell Music Limited. Directed by Ella Marchment.

Astor Piazzolla
An Argentine tango composer, arranger and bandoneón player: Piazzolla’s oeuvre revolutionised the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music.

Horacio Ferrer
A Uruguayan-born poet, Horacio Ferrer rose to fame as Piazzolla’s lyricist and longtime collaborator. He composed more than 200 songs and authored several books about tango, including El Libro del Tango which turned into a key reference work on the subject.

Tickets £25 – please click here to buy.

 

MARÍA DE BUENOS AIRES
A Surreal Operita Tango in the Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo SE1
Music by Astor Piazzolla & Libretto by Horacio Ferrer

Dates: 6th & 7th May / 13th & 14th May / 3rd & 4th June
Doors at 10:00 pm – Performance starts at 10:30.
For those who would like to tango into the wee hours there will be an after party till 2 am