Our first Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires

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Our first Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires

Post by lennygoran » Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:23 pm

Our first Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires Regards, Len


C/O Netflix here's their description:

"This innovative tango opera from composer Astor Piazzolla tells the mind-bending tale of Maria, a Buenos Aires prostitute who is killed, then returns to the city as a ghost accompanied by goblins, marionettes and other odd characters. Armando Nilas conducts the Astor Piazzolla Ensemble and renowned dancer Mauro Barreras choreographs the dances in this production, which was filmed live at the Grand Thermae at Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, Italy."
Cast MedEnsemble Choir, Astor Piazzolla Ensemble, Massimiliano Pitocco, Armando Nilas
Genres Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music

Disc shipped to you on 05/18/20

My thoughts:

This was not our kind of opera-the music is pleasant enough and the production was kind of classy-we liked the singers-enjoyed seeing some of the instruments-we liked the dancing-tangos. As an opera the story was a little too wild for us-the words often made little sense to us.

This was offered by NYCO but we decided not to go-the venue sounded bad and seats were first come first serve-also no subtitles.
"The 2018 season began, not with Douglas Ward’s Crucible, as originally announced, but rather with a chamber work, María de Buenos Aires, in the intimate (read: tiny) cabaret space Le Poisson Rouge, playing to around 400 a night."


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I found these reviews.

1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2009

Incredible bad!! The singers are the wrong ones (and not very good to be polite), the pronunciation is awful (at points it sounds more Italian than the expected Buenos Aires Spanish accent) the dancers are not very good, and there is an absolute sense the everyone on stage wants to go home as soon as possible. To make things worse, it appears that Kultur wants to hide as much as possible from this production, no date, no details, no description, nothing!! We will have to wait for a "Real" production of this wonderful Operita (little opera) to appear on DVD.

3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough dancing
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2017
I bought the DVD mostly for the dancing, which I thought was quite good, but there was not enough of it, at least for my taste. Also, I don't know why the camera kept shifting to the instruments while the dancers were dancing. I can hear the bandoneon, (and I know that it looks like) I don't have to keep seeing it. The music was quite good. I could do without the narration and the emotion, but I guess that's what this Opera-Tango was all about. I guess my main objection was that if there's going to be dancing, I want to see the complete performance, without shifting back and forth to the instruments. It was quite irritating.

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music, lyrics and dance
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2009
I had not come across much of Astor Piazzolla's work before, so this was all the more wonderful a surprise. This exceedingly poetic, extraordinarily poignant operetta about a doomed prostitute contains a great deal of very beautiful music, and it's highlighted by the performance of some splendid tango dancers. I like the intensity of the narrator (I believe her words were originally to be spoken by a goblin); her appearance and expression, like those of the two principal singers, and the muttering chorus, accent the tone and atmosphere of the piece - a kind of brooding, occasionally ominous, but consistently lovely progression. The bandoneon, apparently key to much of Piazzolla's music, is superb, as are the other instruments; flute played by a willowy beauty, accomplished guitar, piano, violins and percussion. And I enjoyed the glamor and style of the dancers very much. Really a lovely and moving performance.

5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I enjoyed it!
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2009
The first reviewer's comments seem very harsh. Was it indigestion? I haven't been exposed to a tremendous amount of work by the late, greatly admired Astor Piazzolla, but I am certainly enjoying the music, drama and dance of this piece, and have already watched it three times. To my eye and ear, the singers and dancers communicate considerable poignancy and drama, and the piece moves along pretty seamlessly. The players all look the part and the music - and narration - is moving.

It's true there isn't a lot of information included about the recording, but I see in the opening credits that this was filmed in 2003.

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