Houston Grand Opera Presents Das Barbecü
Houston Grand Opera will present Das Barbecü, a fast-paced and raucous retelling of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle. Five actors play over 30 roles in this comic take on opera’s most spectacular saga, complete with mismatched lovers, a double shotgun wedding, and family feuds, all wrapped up in a Texas-sized heap of Wild West fun. Songs run the gamut from Broadway to Texas swing, from jazz to twangy country and western. Ticket prices include a BBQ feast and drink.
Written in 1991 by Seattle composer Scott Warrender with book and lyrics by Jim Luigs, Das Barbecü was commissioned by Seattle Opera as a lighthearted counterpoint to its presentation of Wagner’s heroic Ring cycle. The creators condensed the circuitous 15-plus-hour story into two and a half hours of fun.
The April 23 performance will be at Jackson Street BBQ, and the April 30 performance will be at Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon.