Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra of Colón Opera
Mariano Chiacchiarini conductor
Pablo Mainetti bandoneon

Wagner Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan & Isolde

Piazzolla Bandoneon Concerto


Bizet Carmen Suite

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Suite

Ginastera Estancia Suite

Piazzolla Libertango

Smouldering, sultry, seductive: Buenos Aires is the city where passions catch fire and music teases the senses. Immerse yourself in its vibrant sensuality with the esteemed orchestra of Buenos Aires’s historic opera house, South America’s grandest – and the scorching emotions of Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla.

Piazzolla defined the new sound of Argentina with tango nuevo, driving an old-fashioned dance form into new worlds of passionate expression – in music for the heart, the mind and the body. Pablo Mainetti is one of the country’s iconic performers on the bandoneon – an authentically Argentinian accordion – and worked with the Astor Piazzolla Quintet: he brings brilliant authenticity to the heartbreaking melodies and pulsing rhythms of Piazzolla’s Bandoneon Concerto. Piazzolla’s smoky Libertango was one of the pieces that first established his superheated style – and even inspired pop chanteuse Grace Jones’s ‘I’ve Seen That Face Before’.

Alongside Piazzolla’s sizzling tango creations, the Orchestra and Buenos Aires-born conductor Mariano Chiacchiarini continue the concert’s drama, but transport you from downtown Buenos Aires into the vibrant worlds of opera and ballet. Tchaikovsky’s tragic Swan Lake is rightly one of ballet’s most celebrated musical scores, and features some of the most heartrending music ever written, while the endless yearning of music from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde conjures a love to profound it can only be consummated in death. The dazzling spectacle of music from Bizet’s Spanish tragedy Carmen brings the concert to a glittering conclusion.

Age Restriction

U16's must be accompanied by an adult 18+

Access Bookings

In order to book wheelchair spaces and disabled companion places please contact the Box Office by calling 0131 228 1155 or email boxoffice@edinburgh.gov.uk