NHCC To Host Free Workshops About Story, Music And Opera Of ‘María de Buenos Aires’

National Hispanic Cultural Center

NHCC To Host Free Workshops About Story, Music And Opera Of ‘María de Buenos Aires’

ALBUQUERQUE ― At 5:30 p.m., Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 5, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will hold three free “Inside Opera: María de Buenos Aires” workshops.

The workshops, led by Oliver Prezant and Valerie Martínez, will talk about the story/libretto, music and opera of María de Buenos Aires, which will be presented Feb. 17-24 by Opera Southwest and the NHCC. Those who attend all three workshops receive a 50 percent discount on tickets to the opera.

Astor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires is a fully-staged opera with orchestra, sung in Spanish with both English and Spanish translation supertitles, and presented in two acts with one intermission. Conducted by Anthony Barrese, it tells the story of a tango-obsessed María, a prostitute born in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires, who sleepwalks through life, death, the afterlife, and is reborn into “innocence.” The music is based on “nuevo tango,” a genre that Piazzolla revolutionized by incorporating elements from jazz and classical music.

María de Buenos Aires will be performed at 2 p.m., Sundays and 7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday Feb. 17, 20, 22 and 24, in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre.

Tickets are $15, $29, $45, $59, $75, $89 with discounts for groups of 10 or more and patrons 30 years old and younger. They are available from the Center’s Box Office, at 505.724.4771, or at www.nhccnm.org.