The 12th Annual Summer Opera presents three performances of “Maria de Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer, August 12 – 14.
The 20th-century Tango Operita, “Maria de Buenos Aires,” tells the story of the seductive Maria, played by the astonishing young soprano Catalina Cuervo, who embarks on a journey through life, death and the after-life with the hauntingly beautiful sound of the bandoneon, played by Grammy Award-winner Raul Jaurena. Cuervo performs in the company of highly praised baritone Ricardo Herrera.
Music Director Gerardo Moreira travels from Rio de la Plata to conduct the Chicago production of “Maria de Buenos Aires,” which he has been championing since 1992 in the most prestigious concert halls in the world including Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Teatro Solis in Montevideo, Uruguay and throughout Latin America.
Elbio Barilari narrates in the original dialect of Rio de la Plata, lunfardo. The fully staged production incorporates stunning tango sequences performed by guest dancer Victoria Vargas, of the Joffrey Ballet, and dancers of Tango 21 under the direction of Jorge Niedas, Artistic Director of Tango 21. Barilari and Niedas share credit for the Stage Direction of this production.
Raul Jaurena, along with the Maria de Buenos Aires Tango Orchestra, will also perform at Chicago SummerDance, Thursday, August 11 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. following a free Argentine Tango lesson by instructors from Tango 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. Chicago SummerDance takes place in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave, every Thursday through Saturday through Sept. 18. For the full SummerDance schedule, visit www.ChicagoSummerDance.org.
Summer Opera is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC). “Maria de Buenos Aires” is presented in collaboration with the Latino Music Festival, a program of the ILCC, International Latino Cultural Center. Accommodations are generously provided by Seneca Hotel and Suites in downtown Chicago. For more information, visit senecahotel.com.
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