Opera Frida! Only 4 performances left
Long Beach Opera presents:
by Robert Xavier Rodríguez
Director: Andreas Mitisek
With Laura Virella as Frida Kahlo and Bernardo Bermudez as Diego Rivera
OPENING NIGHT IS SOLD OUT!
Only 4 performances left: June 18th, June 23rd, June 24th, and June 25th.
Hurry and reserve your tickets today! Go online or by phone at (562) 470-7464.
ONLY 4 CHANCES LEFT!
MoLAA attendees: Arrive early! Your ticket includes admission to the exhibit, Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray. Learn more. Exhibit opens at 6 PM.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 8 PM - SOLD OUT!
SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 8 PM
FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 8 PM
SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 8 PM - Limited Availability
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 8 PM
"Fascinating, magically engrossing."
The New York Times
"...conveys the radiance and explosive fury of the woman whose art was, in the words of Andre Breton: A ribbon around a bomb."
"...raw, wonderfully dangerous."
"...relentless...searing... harrowing...richly imaginative. Frida is remarkable."
The Boston Globe
" The score calls for mariachi style orchestration, in which authentic Mexican folk songs are interwoven with the composers own imaginary folk music, tangos, ragtime, vaudeville and 1930s jazz."
The Washington Post
"Frida is an emotional explosion of music and color and truth that surely the artist herself would have enjoyed."
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA. 90802
Grand Performances, 350 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90071
On June 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25, Long Beach Opera (LBO) will present five outdoor performances of the highly anticipated Southern California premiere of Frida. The opera celebrates the renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her vivacious spirit, sexuality, fragility, and her tumultuous life with muralist Diego Rivera. Robert Xavier Rodríguez’ brilliant score captures Frida with music as rich and haunting as her art.
Music by Robert Xavier Rodríguez
Book by Hilary Blecher
Lyrics and monologues by Migdalia Cruz
...high drama ...conveys the radiance and explosive fury of the woman whose art was, in the words of André Breton, “a ribbon around a bomb.” - Time Magazine
"I never paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality." Famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lived as she painted—with pain and passion in bold, vibrant colors. This celebration of Kahlo's vivacious spirit, sexuality, fragility and her tumultuous life with muralist Diego Rivera is captured with music as rich and haungitng as her art.
Rodríguez describes Frida as being "in the Gershwin, Sondheim, Kurt Weill tradition of dissolving the barriers and extending the common ground between opera and musical theater." In keeping with the Mexican setting of Frida, the score features mariachi-style orchestration with authentic Mexican folk songs and dances and the composer's own "imaginary folk music," tangos and colorations of zarzuela, ragtime, vaudeville and 1930's jazz — "Romantically dramatic" (The Washington Post) and full of "the composer's all-encompassing sense of humor" (The Los Angeles Times).
Among the "stolen" musical fragments used in Frida (like Stravinsky, Rodríguez says "I never borrow; I steal.") are such strange musical bedfellows as two traditional Mexican piñata songs ("Horo y fuego" and "Al quebrar la piñata"), two narrative ballads ("La Maguinita" and "Jesusita"), the Communist anthem ("L'Internationale"), Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, and Wagner's Tristan and Isolde.
Rodríguez says, "You learn much more about people by watching them not alone, but in conflict with others. Frida and Diego have two powerful love scenes, one at the beginning and one at the end, with one fight after another in between. It's that fascinating and unpredictable through-line of their relationship that drives the action." In a musical metaphor for Frida's unique persona, her vocal line is scored with its own characteristic rhythms. As Rodríguez observes, "Frida sings as she lived — against the tide from the very first note."
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Frida Kahlo de Rivera, born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits. Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home, which is known as "La Casa Azul," the Blue House. Her work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and indigenous traditions, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
Mexican culture and tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as naïve art or folk art. Her work has also been described as surrealist, and in 1938 André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo's art as a "ribbon around a bomb". Frida rejected the "surrealist" label imposed by Breton, as she argued that her work reflected more of her reality than her dreams.
Kahlo had a volatile marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which were caused by a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people, and this isolation influenced her works, many of which are self-portraits. Kahlo suggested, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." Frida Kahlo Timeline
I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.” - Frida Kahlo