María de Buenos Aires
July 25 & 27, 2012 • 7:30 p.m.
A co-production of Cincinnati Opera, concert:nova, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Music by Astor Piazzolla
Libretto by Horacio Ferrer
In a special event coinciding with its 2012 season, Cincinnati Opera and concert:nova will present María de Buenos Aires, a sultry Spanish “tango operita” that promises to be an electrifying and provocative theatrical experience. The tale follows the surreal journey of a woman seduced by the passion of tango into a dangerous life in the underworld of Buenos Aires. The intimate, fully staged production will bring singers and dancers close to the audience in the nontraditional setting of the Music Hall Ballroom, with music performed by concert:nova.
The gorgeous young Colombian soprano Catalina Cuervo will bring “a vivid presence and a throaty, sultry voice” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) to the role of the tormented María. A recent product of Chicago Opera Theater’s young artist program, Cuervo has performed the role for Milwaukee Opera Theatre and the Chicago Cultural Center. Baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco, a featured young artist in Cincinnati Opera’s 2012 season, will perform several male roles. Orozco is an Artist Diploma student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and his appearance is made possible by The Corbett Foundation Opera Fusion program. The speaking role of Duende, a magical figure who narrates the story, will be performed by Jairo Cuesta, a world-renowned Colombian actor and director who has worked with such notable directors as Peter Brook and Jerzy Grotowski. Cuesta is also co-artistic director of the internationally recognized ensemble New World Performance Laboratory. The work will be directed by the acclaimed stage director and Argentina native Jose Maria Condemi. A graduate of CCM, Condemi has directed for such esteemed companies as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Teatro Colón, and Houston Grand Opera. He last appeared with Cincinnati Opera as the stage director of Ainadamar (2009), and will also direct the mainstage production of La Traviata during Cincinnati Opera’s 2012 season.
Through partnerships with Tango del Barrio and Patricia Paz Tango, a cast of internationally recognized tango dancers will be engaged to perform the thrilling tango dances which appear throughout the work, led by Tony Award-winning performers Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo.
María de Buenos Aires is officially sold out!
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