Friday, May 22, 2009

María de Buenos Aires - Greek National Opera

It is probably management approved - the camcorder that provided today's video - but if not, you should view these videos soon to get a glimpse of the relatively new version of María de Buenos Aires that opened this week at the Greek National Opera. This is the international "road" version of the Marcelo Lombardero production which opened April 17, 2008 at the Cervantes National Theater in Buenos Aires.

As in the original production more than forty years ago, Horacio Ferrer - now 74 years old, fills the role of El Duende/narrator in this Athens production. For those new to this "operita", Ferrer was 14 when he first met Piazzolla and wrote the lyrics and poetry for María de Buenos Aires twenty years later, beginning a long and successful collaboration. Soloists in the production are Julia Zenko and Guillermo Fernández. Pablo Mainetti plays bandoneón in the production and Oscar Araiz provided the choreography.

There are actually five videos capturing the production. I have featured the first one posted and links to the others, in order of posting, are here: two, three, four and five.

If the video does not appear below, click here.

To learn more about Piazzolla videos, visit the Piazzolla Video site.

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