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Opera, Maria de Buenos Aires

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The Greater Middletown Concert Association will bring the opera  Maria de Buenos Aires, by the well-known Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, to the MHS Performing Arts Center in Middletown on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. It will be sung, fully-staged, by the Connecticut Lyric Opera accompanied by the full orchestra of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, with the Mystic Ballet.


     Maria de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla will include exciting set tango dance pieces that are integral to the opera. It is a true tango opera (tango operita), and the Mystic Ballet will be part of the production. The opera begins with Maria as a young woman leaving a poor suburb of Buenos Aires and heading for the center of the city. There she is overwhelmed by the music of the tango and walks the streets under its influence. After her death her shadow, a new and older Maria, lives on the city’s streets experiencing a surreal visit from a goblin ghost that ends in an ecstatic religious-like event and surprise ending. Piazzolla’s music enhances the drama of his Maria de Buenos Aires, and the dance of the tango scenes captivates the audience as well. The opera is sung in Spanish with English translation titles projected above the stage.


     Two other performances will round out the Greater Middletown Concert Association’s 2012-2013 Season. The well-loved Irish group, The Morgans, will present a St. Patrick’s Day theme special program on Sunday, March 10, at 3:00 p.m. A favorite Italian opera Don Giovanni by Mozart will round out the season on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.


The MHS Performing Arts Center is a 700 seat state-of-the-art theater located at 200 LaRosa Lane off Newfield Street inMiddletown.


     Ticket prices are $40 (front) and $35 (rear) for the operas Maria de Buenos Aires and Don Giovanni.


Tickets are $30 (front) and $25 (rear) for the concert The Morgans.


Call 860 347-4887 or 860 346-3369 for all tickets. Major credit cards are accepted. Information is presented on the website www.GreaterMiddletownConcerts.org 


E-mail is bmwa@aol.com 


Checks for tickets may also be sent to GMCA. P.O.Box 2622, Middletown, CT 06457. 

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