“GOYESCAS” A one act opera in Spanish
Genesis Opera Theatre Production in Escondido November 20-21, 2021
Genesis Opera Theatre’s production of composer Enrique Granados’ one-act opera “Goyescas” will take the stage on Saturday, November 20 at 7pm and Sunday, November 21 at 2pm in the Thomas & Pearl Martinez Auditorium at STAR Repertory Theatre, 329 East Valley Parkway in Escondido.
The story is based on a series of paintings from Francisco Goya’s early career, inspired by the young men and women of the Majismo movement, known for its bohemian attitude and design to regain Spanish heritage.
Director Cynthia Leigh will also perform the lead role of Rosario, the high born woman pursued by two men who will duel for her honor. The action is driven entirely by wounded male pride and the resulting violence, rendered sympathetic through Fernando’s lover, Rosario.
“Rosario is an honorable woman who finds herself in an untenable situation,” says Leigh. “The drama is underscored by Granados’ haunting melodies and a story that tugs at your heart.”
Granados composed the opera to a Spanish libretto by Fernando Periquety Zuaanabar in 1915, with melodies taken from his 1911 piano suite. The opera was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1916.
A cast of 18, including local sensation, tenor Humberto Borboa, as Fernando, will be supported by musical director Timothy Leon at the piano, supertitles above the stage, and projections of the Goya paintings which inspired the story.
Genesis Opera Theatre is dedicated to producing quality productions for both new and familiar audiences in accessible venues for a reasonable price of admission. Special thanks to the Thomas & Pearl Martinez Foundation for their support of this production.
Tickets are $20 at the door and available in advance at www.sdartstix.com. All patrons over 12 years old must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter the theatre, and masks will be required at all times.