Baritone Dr. Blas Canedo-González is internationally recognized as a deeply musical, persuasive singing actor whose rich, sensual sound and strong, secure, brilliant instrument connect memorably with both repertoire and audience.
His repertoire includes over thirty major roles performed in the United States, South America and Europe, including Don Giovanni, Germont (La traviata), the Count di Luna (Il trovatore), Escamillo (Carmen), and the Count (Le nozze di Figaro). Most recently, he has appeared as Dr. Rappacini in Rappacini’s Daughter with Alamo City Opera; Angel in Hagar and Ishmael, and Gene Austin in Companionship, both with Fort Worth Opera; Everybody (Lucinda y las Flores de Noche Buena); El Duende (Maria de Buenos Aires) with Opera in the Heights; Kommissarius (Der Rosenkavalier) with the Teatro Mayor and the Opera de Colombia, and Marcello (La bohème) with the Teatro Colón de Bogotá.
Equally at home as a leading man or comedian, Dr. Canedo González frequently undertakes comic roles such as Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Gugliemo (Così fan tutte), and Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia). He delights in creating authentic characterizations of opera’s many traditional Hispanic and Latino roles, as well as in championing new music, especially that by Latin composers. Memorable roles include Dr. Rappacini (Rappacini’s Daughter, Catán), Juan (Los Gavilanes, Guerrero), Everybody (Lucinda y Las Flores de la Nochebuena, Mack); and Vidal (Luisa Fernanda, Moreno Torroba), and El Duende and El Payador (Maria de Buenos Aires, Piazzolla). Critic Mike Greenberg of the Incident Light blog found Mr. Canedo-González “…so deeply musical, so flat-out beautiful, that after a while I found myself wallowing in the sheer sensuality of that sound and not bothering to look at the projected English translations."
On the concert stage, Dr. Canedo González has been heard in Orff’s Carmina Burana with Victoria Symphony (Texas) and the Sinfónica de Colombia. Also in his native Colombia he has appeared as the baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem and Dvorak’s Te Deum with the Corpas Symphony and Manizales Symphony respectively. A favorite in his hometown of Houston, TX, over the past three seasons he has offered more than ten concerts with the Houston Symphony, Maestro Carlos Andres Botero calls Dr. Canedo-González “one of the most extraordinary singers I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate with.”
Dr. Canedo González appears as Belcore in L'elisir d'amore in a film produced by the Crescendo Institute and live-streamed in Hungary. He recently portrayed Figaro in the bilingual version of the Barber from Seville in Texas, a film produced by the Houston Grand Opera To-Go! He is a winner of the Pavel Lisitsian award for the best baritone voice at the Tenth edition of the Lois Alba competition in Houston. He is a graduate of the Moores Opera at the University of Houston, where he earned his DMA. He also earned an Artist Diploma Certificate from the University of North Texas. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Canedo González has extensive experience as a voice instructor in Classical and Commercial music at higher education level, he is an assistant professor at Lamar State College-PA. Next Summer, he will be judging the 2022 Lois Alba Aria Competition.