Orchestre Classique de Montréal to Present ‘María de Buenos Aires’

By Chris Ruel

The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM) presents a semi-staged presentation of the tango “operita” “María de Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla as part of the Vanda Treiser opera series in its 84th season.

The performance, set for Nov. 23 at the Pierre-Mercure Hall, will be in Spanish with English and French surtitles, under the direction and baton of Jacques Lacombe, the Artistic Director of the OCM.

Mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah will play the role of Maria, baritone Clarence Frazer will be El Payador, and actor Victor Andrés Trelles Turgeon will act as El Duende in this surrealist work. The production will also feature tango dancing by the Corazón de Tango group.

“I was literally overwhelmed when I saw Maria de Buenos Aires on stage for the first time and I can’t wait to introduce our audience to this moving work,” said Jacques Lacombe, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the OCM, in an official press statement.

At this event, the Byenvini organization will be collecting all types of winter clothing (new or used), footwear, and accessories for distribution to newcomers (children and adults).