María de Buenos Aires
A SENSUAL, SURREALISTIC TANGO OPERA
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA Composer
HORACIO FERRER Librettist
The 2018 season marks the second year of Fort Worth Opera’s bold initiative, Noches de Ópera (Nights of Opera), Phase Two of its historic, 10-year commitment to contemporary works, entitled Opera of the Americas. A vibrant celebration of Spanish language operas, Latino and Latina composers and librettists, Noches de Ópera honors Fort Worth’s diverse community, culture, and heritage, while telling new stories for new generations. This season, FWOpera is dialing up the heat and delivering a sensual operatic experience like no other.
Never before has composer Astor Piazzolla and librettist-poet Horacio Ferrer’s sexy, tango opera, María de Buenos Aires, been presented by an opera company in North Texas – until now. Festival audiences will be invited to step into the intoxicating underworld of Buenos Aires, as a sultry young woman named Maria finds herself seduced by the sounds of tango.
Set in a surrealistic red light district and hell itself, this sizzling production features a hypnotic fusion of red hot jazz, opera, and nuevo tango rhythms. Brilliant young stage director, choreographer, and librettist John de los Santos (Frontiers, Carmen, Salome) returns to Fort Worth Opera to bring his singular vision of María to life.