September 16, 2017 

George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium

 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

For more information, call 240-242-8032

Admission: All tickets $45, reserved seating.

For tickets, call 202-994-6800 or

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Maria de Buenos Aires is a genre-bending tango-oratorio that is hauntingly seductive and surreal. Maria was born in the slums of Buenos Aires, Argentina "on a day that God was drunk... with a curse in her voice." She passionately longs for freedom. Rejecting innocent love, she becomes seduced by the streets, pulled into the seedy underworld. Maria is both prostitute and virgin, sleepwalking through scenes of violence, her own burial, dreamlike confessions to psychoanalysts, her own resurrection, and finally giving birth to a new version of herself.

PASO performs this beautiful music with its hallucinatory lyrics with an all Argentine cast:

Mariana Quinteros as Maria; Martin de Leon as the Dreamy Sparrow and the Gaucho Minstrel, Hugo Medrano as the Poet Goblin and Drunk, and a talking choir of psychoanalysts.  Rodolfo Zanetti on bandoneon.

The Spanish lyrics will be translated into English and projected onto a screen near the stage so non-Spanish speakers can follow along.  Also, the libretto in Spanish and English will be available for sale on the night of the concert.