Blas Canedo González will play Figaro in the Houston Grand Opera production of “The Barber of Seville in Texas: A Virtual Performance”
Kristine McIntyre’s bilingual adaptation of Rossini’s classic seeks to celebrate the heritage of the Hispanic community in Houston, Texas. The baritone Blas Canedo González, member artist of Escena Digital, will play the astute Figaro. The play will be presented on YouTube from October 5 to 11.
The Barber of Seville in Texas is an adaptation of the classic work of Gioachino Rossini by Kristine McIntyre. The hapless lovers in this version now have a language barrier to overcome, as the astute hairdresser Fígaro (Blas Canedo González) must translate for Almaviva, who only speaks English, and Rosina, who speaks only Spanish.
The cowboy-themed stage and costumes bring the history of Italy to West Texas. This bilingual opera weaves Texas history into the plot, making it particularly relevant to Houston’s diverse student audiences.
The Barber of Seville in Texas is a film directed and produced by the Houston Grand Opera and will be presented on YouTube from October 5 to 11.
The Barber of Seville in Texas promises to attract new audiences by virtue of its bilingual celebration of the Hispanic roots of the community of the city of Houston and the United States.