María de Buenos AiresPiazzolla’s tango operetta in Strasbourg

101 min
Available from 15/11/2019 to 14/02/2020

Beautiful Maria is smitten with the “Queen of the Rio de la Plata”, i.e. the city of Buenos Aires. She adores its impetuousness – the poetry, the dance, the men! Behind this Strasbourg production of María is the Argentinian team of director and choreographer Matias Tripodi and the conductor Nicolas Agullo.

Astor Piazzolla counts as the greatest tango composer of the 20th century.Born in Mar del Plata in 1921, his first musical inspirations came from jazz, Bach and the quintessentially Argentinian genre of tango.Piazzolla himself played the bandoneon and was taught composition by Alberto Ginastera, one of the greatest Argentinian composers of his age. Starting in 1955 he dedicated himself to modern interpretations of tango and with his Octeto Buenos Aires initiated the “Tango Nuevo” movement.

Piazzolla himself described María de Buenos Aires as a “tango operita” – a tango operetta.The libretto by the Uruguayan poet and journalist, Horacio Ferrer, tells the story of young María, “forgotten among women”, who is drawn to Buenos Aires from the provinces. Dazzled by the big city, she quickly becomes ensnared in its many perils and eventually ends up prostituting herself. After her death, her shadow is condemned to walk the streets of hell, i.e. Buenos Aires, until it is at last redeemed by the words of a poet.

The Opéra national du Rhin, which Opernwelt just recently named Opera House of the Year 2019, presented María de Buenos Aires as part of the Arsmondo Festival 2019, which this year was all about Argentinian culture.This Strasbourg production was staged and choreographed by the Argentinian tango dancer, Matias Tripodi,and marks the highpoint of his collaboration with the Strasbourg opera that began in 2017.The Paris-based tango orchestra La Grossa played under the baton of the Argentinian conductor, Nicolas Agullo.


  • With :
    • Stefan Sbonnik
    • Alejandro Guyot
    • Ana Karina Rossi
  • With :
    • Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin
  • With :
    • Federico Sanz (Violon)
    • Carmela Delgado (Bandonéon)
  • Composer :
    • Astor Piazzolla
  • Music director :
    • Nicolas Agullo
  • Orchestra :
    • La Grossa - Orchestre Tipica de la M
  • Choreography :
    • Matias Tripodi
  • Libretto :
    • Horacio Ferrer
  • Costumes :
    • Xavier Ronze
  • Lighting :
    • Romain de Lagarde
  • Video :
    • Claudio Larrea
  • Country :
    • France
  • Year :
    • 2019