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Maria de Buenos Aires

Photo by Paul Bourdrel

“She is music, she can’t belong to anybody, no she is music, she is music, and that’s me.” – Piazzolla on Maria

Under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz and in collaboration with Opéra de Lyon, 11 Circa acrobats, two dancers, two soloists, tango musicians and a string orchestra reimagine the opera Maria De Buenos Aeries in a fiery ode to the fatal beauty of tango and its hometown.

Created in 1968 by the undisputed master of tango and bandoneon, Astor Piazzolla, Maria De Buenos Aires is a unique opera-tango that follows the story of Maria, a singer who, after a tragic end in a brothel, becomes a shadow condemned to drift in the lowlands of Buenos Aires. It is a story of curse and redemption, wandering and liberation, brave defiance to death and a hymn to love.

Circa’s adaptation explores the friction between the harshness of the world and the human soul’s thirst for the absolute in this “dream of tango and the tango of a dream.”



World premiere Lyon, France 2021
Duration 1 hour 40 minutes


Created by Yaron Lifschitz with the Circa Ensemble
Commissioned by

Directed by: Yaron Lifschitz
Musical direction: Valentina Peleggi
Costumes: Libby McDonnell
Lighting: Lutz Deppe
Video: Yann Philippe
Maria: Wallis Giunta
Baritone: Luis Alejandro Orozco

Lyon Opera Orchestra
Lyon Opera Ballet

International Representation

Allen Moon / David Lieberman Artists’ Representatives USA, Canada, Central & South America
Antonin Coutouly / Book Your Show France
Danielle Kellie / Circa Australia & New Zealand
Shaun Comerford / Circa Commercial Projects
Wolfgang Hoffmann / Aurora Nova Worldwide booking & coordination
Yaron Lifschitz / Circa New creations & big dreams

Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. 

Tour Dates

Date City Venue
15th - 23rd January 2022 Lyon Lyon Opera

Past Dates

Date City Venue
24th - 26th June 2021 Lyon Grand Théâtre