Kaohsiung, August 3 (CNA) The Kaohsiung National Center for the Arts announced on Tuesday that it will stage Astor Piazzolla’s “María de Buenos Aires” next month to mark the centenary of the Argentine composer.
In a statement, the arts center said its production of Piazzolla’s tango opera will be directed by Hong Kong choreographer Helen Lai (黎海寧), with Taiwanese soprano Jeannie Chiang (蔣 啟 真) in the title role of María.
The cast will also include baritone Yeh Chan-yu (葉展毓), as Cantor, and Argentinian-born Italian Ricardo Canzio as narrator, according to the statement released by the center, also known as Weiwuying. .
The joint production of Weiwuying and Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company will also include a performance by a 12-member dance group, the statement said.
Weiwuying said one of his venues would be “transformed into a tiny South American tavern” to stage the opera.
Chien Wen-pin (簡 文彬), general and artistic director of Weiwuying, will lead the Circo Ensemble, one of the few music groups in Taiwan to have a bandoneon, an instrument used in most tango ensembles.
Born in 1921 in Argentina, Piazzolla was a tango composer, bandoneon player and arranger, who incorporated elements of jazz and classical music to develop a new musical style called nuevo tango.
Her “María de Buenos Aires” will be staged at Weiwuying’s Playhouse from September 17-19, and tickets are available through the OpenTix ticketing service.
It will be played in Spanish, with Chinese and English subtitles.