OperaStream to Stream Teatro Comunale’s ‘Maria de Buenos Aires’

By David Salazar

OperaStreaming has announced that it will present Piazzolla’s “Maria de Buenos Aires” from the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara on Dec. 18 and 19, 2021.

The showcase, which will feature a new production directed by Carlos Branco and conducted by Jacopo Rivani, will star Martina Belli in the title role alongside Ruben Peloni as the Payador and Daniel Bonilla-Torres as El Duende. Davide Vendramin will solo on the bandeon.

The tango operita will feature choreography by Michele Merola as well as performers of the MM Contemporary Dance Company, Fondazione Nazionale della Danza and the Orchestra Arcangelo Corelli.

“María’s story is fundamentally a metaphor. Her story tells of the years of poverty, hope, oppression by a dictatorial state and the temporary rebirth of this metropolitan city par excellence: its inhabitants are almost all Europeans in exile. It is precisely the meaning of the word ‘exile’ that will be developed and explored in this performance. Exile from one’s own land, from one’s own neighborhood, from childhood, from one’s own soul, from oneself,” said Branca in a press statement.“There is an imaginary city supported and at the same time caged by a metal structure. Scenographically, everything is imprisoned, the scaffolding that occupies the backdrop of the scene supports walls under construction or crumbling and keeps the buildings, its inhabitants and the music itself trapped. Humanity destroys its own magnificent works with wicked actions. A beautiful and bewitching music will come out of the same cage and will draw María towards what will be her terrible destiny, which will imprison her without giving her any escape with the only possibility of escaping towards a precipice, in the bottom of which she will find herself, her shadow.”

Next up will be a live stream of Vivaldi’s “Il Farnace” on Dec. 30 and 31, 2021.