Maria de Buenos Aires

Anchorage Opera


music by Astor Piazolla

libretto by Horacio Ferrer

conductor: Douglas Kinney Frost

scenic design: Adam Cates

lighting design: Cedar Cussins

costumes courtesy Syracuse Opera

"Maria [de Buenos Aires] is unlike anything we generally see in the realm of performance art in Anchorage, an opera without much singing, a musical without a plot, a song cycle with stage directions, a music drama where all the sparks come from the music rather than the drama. Nonetheless, it packs an emotional charge."
-Alaska Dispatch News

"Technical becomes magical when Cates has them sing and dance.... Maria is alive and hypnotic, with music and imagery that transports the audience out of the darkness and cold of January, and into a world of poetry, sexuality, beauty and fire. This production of Maria de Buenos Aires is well-worth the journey; let yourself be seduced."  

-Anchorage Press

"Stage director/choreographer

Adam Cates created some interesting visual moments. While the dance interludes of the bar patrons were subdued, six professionals from the Anchorage Ballet -- serving as sort of a Greek chorus with slick moves -- had several exciting turns. The Tango of the Marionettes, in which the men manipulated the women with long cloth strips tied to their wrists, drew what may have been the loudest applause until the final curtain calls."

 -Alaska Dispatch News

photo credit: Kathleen Behnke

© Adam Cates