tags: A Tango Fairytale, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Cafe Tortoni, Carlos Gardel, Eliana, Jason Eberly, John Bucher, Roberto Minondi, Volver
I first saw Roberto Minondi perform while catching a show at the Café Tortoni. This was during my research trip to Buenos Aires for Eliana: A Tango Fairytale. I had seen numerous tango shows before the Tortoni show, and each time I looked forward to the dancing and secretly dreaded the singing. With the other vocalists, the same passion as the dancers just didn’t translate for me. It was different for Roberto. He stole the Tortoni show and gave me chills during every performance. And when he sang Carlos Gardel’s “Volver,” I finally understood why Gardel is still a national icon and why tango singers can be so alluring. I liked the show so much that I took my writer, John Bucher, back the next night to see it again. Moreover, we have added a supporting role in the Eliana script for a “passionate milonga singer” based on our admiration for Roberto. After the second show we were able to track down Roberto and speak with him regarding the film. If the film’s schedule and other details pan out, I would be honored to have Roberto perform in our film. As a tease, please see the video below of Roberto singing a portion of “Volver.” It was captured on my iPhone during the first performance I attended at Café Tortoni.
To return…with a withered face.
The snows of time,
Have whitened my temples.
To feel…that life is a puff of wind.
That twenty years is nothing,
That the feverish look,
Wandering in the shadow,
Looks for you and names you.
To live…with the soul clutched.
To a sweet memory,
That I cry once again.