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Photo: Denise Wernly Alcina, mezzo soprano

Opera Southwest and the National Hispanic Cultural Center present Maria de Buenos Aires – Piazzola’s masterwork that holds a mirror to the soul of Buenos Aires

Come experience the compelling sounds of late-night tango culture and a thrilling dance through the underbelly of Buenos Aires. 

Called a “tango operita” by composer Astor Piazzola and librettist Horacio Ferrer, Maria de Buenos Aires tells the story of an Argentinian prostitute, her death and afterlife. El Payador (a guitarist and singer) tries to protect her in life, while El Duende (the Ghost, who speaks his part) guides her through the afterlife. Replete with the language and imagery of the tango, this 1.5-hour operetta sizzles with sexuality.


Opera Southwest’s mission is to produce quality, professional, enjoyable and accessible opera in an intimate setting for audiences of all ages.

Opera Southwest was founded in 1972 as Albuquerque Opera Theatre by Dr. Edward T. Peter, Maestro Kurt Frederick and others. The 2018-2019 season is Opera Southwest’s 46th year of producing world-class opera in Albuquerque. OSW is a professional, regional company producing two to three major operas per year selected from the best of the standard repertoire. To date OSW has produced over 120 major operas for hundreds of thousand of patrons, and we are especially proud to have mounted 23 world premieres including an opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s blockbuster novel Bless Me, Ultima, which debuted in February 2018. 

Opera Southwest’s mission stresses community and educational themes, and we have delighted more than 180,000 youngsters with outreach programs and exciting live theater. In this way, Opera Southwest ensures a loyal following in future years as these children grow into adulthood.