Leonardo Pastore , Helen Glaisher-Hernández & Violeta Barreña
  • Tuesday 14 May
    7.00 – 9.00pm
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A Seductive Fusion of Tango and High Art

'So beautiful'. BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour)

'An indomitable voice with elegant phrasing'. La Nación

Launching with a sell-out concert at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room as part of La Linea Festival, the TangOpera project offers a heady fusion of tango and high art. Exploring the rich and wonderfully complex lyric history of the Argentine tango, the programme traces its global trajectory from roots in bel canto opera, Italian canzonetta and the Cuban habanera through to the golden age of tango canción and Carlos Gardel, to the art songs of classical composers such as Bizet, Falla and Piazzolla.

Conceived by British-Spanish pianist and Latin classical specialist, Helen Glaisher-Hernández, this unique project features the exhilarating voice of leading Argentine tenor and Latin Grammy nominee, Leonardo Pastore, and the scintillating Spanish violinist, Violeta Barreña.

PLUS: Join us after the concert for a complimentary glass of Argentinian wine!

SNEAK PEEK! Audio Clips

This event is organised by the Iberian & Latin American Music Society (ILAMS)


Leonardo Pastore (tenor), Helen Glaisher-Hernández (piano) and Violeta Barreña (violin)


  • Giacomo Puccini: Turandot: 'Nessun dorma'
  • Georges Bizet / Pablo Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy: 'Habanera'
  • Astor Piazzolla: Los pájaros perdidos
  • Manuel de Falla: Canciones de juventud: 'Tus ojillos negros'
  • Reynaldo Hahn: Venezia: 'La barcheta'
  • Alberto Ginastera: Canción al árbol del olvido
  • Carlos Gardel: El día que me quieras
  • Carlos Guastavino: Pampamapa | Milonga de dos hermanos
  • Rodolfo Falvo: Dicitencello vuie
  • Enrique Delfino: Griseta
  • Tomás Barrera y Rafael Calleja: Emigrantes: 'Adiós Granada'

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