MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES
Tango operita in two acts
Music | Ástor Piazzolla
Libretto | Horacio Ferrer
Translation | Jarosław Gugała, Katarzyna Dembicz, Paulina Bojarska
Premiere | 18 January 2020
Director | Michał Znaniecki
Music Director | Hadrian Filip Tabęcki
Set Designer | Luigi Scoglio
Choreography | Inga Pilchowska
Costume Designer | Magdalena Dąbrowska
Lighting | Dariusz Albrycht
Screening | Karolina Jacewicz
El Duende | Marek Kaliszuk
María, La Sombra de María | Alicja Węgorzewska
La Voz de un Payador / Una Voz de Ese Domingo | Hubert Stolarski
Porteño Gorrión con Sueño / Analista Primero | Andrés Martorell
Ladrón Antiguo Mayor | Paweł Strymiński
Young Maria | Amelia Whiskerd, Marita Kaca
Vocal Ensemble of Warsaw Chamber Opera
Conductor of Vocal Ensemble | Krzysztof Kusiel-Moroz
TANGO ATTACK ORCHESTRA:
Bandoneon – Grzegorz Bożewicz
Guitars – Piotr Malicki
Piano – Hadrian Tabęcki
Assistant director: Anita Maszczyk
Assistant director WCO: Jolanta Denejko
Stage manager: Natalia Mirowska
Production: Agata Ślósarska-Bastgen
Language consultaion: Beatriz Blanco / Andrés Martorell
If you look for the most significant work in the achievements of Tango Nuevo’s father – Astor Piazzolla – in item that would unambiguously reinforce his indisputable position in the community of the greatest individualities of 20th century music, it is undoubtedly Maria de Buenos Aires. Ones call it an opera composed of tango and milonga, kept in the mainstream of Tango Nuevo, others – an operetta, written for human emotions, passions, weaknesses and love, based on the phrases of forbidden, dirty dance. Piazzolla himself said that the title Maria is a personification of Buenos Aires – a beautiful city, that also hides dark, unknown alleys.
Tango Nuevo is that kind of music that critics define in a rather colourful way. They make Piazzola a person who led tango – a forbidden dance, dirty, full of eroticism – from port brothels to philharmonic halls. Outstanding violinists and bandoneon masters faced this work. Gidon Kremer himself, whose recording of “\Maria de Buenos Aires is a model interpretation, said: “It is music full of virtuosity, emotions and depth, so typical of the works of another master, Nicolo Paganini. It radiates with romanticism and determination, feelings so strong that may push people over the edge”.
The Polish lyrics, sometimes randomly projected (well translated by three authors), were provided brilliantly, with its own melodic intonation, by Marek Kaliszuk (El Duende, Narrator). The Spanish original was great sung by Mikołaj Adamczak (Pieśniarz) with a full understanding of the value of this language, in which each word, if articulated emphatically, seems to mean more than it truly means, and often the sound itself gives a shudder. Miłosz Gałaj (Darmozjad) and Wojtek Soko Sokolnicki (Opryszek) proved equal singing skills. Together, in their private activity, they form the TreVoci band – here they operatically sang with appropriately dimmed voices, just like Gosha Kowalinska.
Małgorzata Komorowska, Dziennik Teatralny
After the break, “María de Buenos Aires” returned to the Warsaw posters, a performance in which Alicja Węgorzewska created an unforgettable role, which is a proof of her charisma, perfect technique and perfectionism. Alicja Węgorzewska in this role shows Maria’s beauty, her love for life, but also pain and sadness.
The performance takes place not only on the stage, but also on quasi-balconies above the audience and between the tables at which the audience sits. I must admit, that I truly enjoy such solution. It gives the viewer a pleasant feeling of being in the middle of the events. It was also a necessity. On a tiny stage, not much could be shown, and the specific interior of the Basen Artstyczny Stage just asks for unconventional performances.
Alina Erd-Eberdt, Segragatory