This Frida Kahlo Opera is a Love Story You Don't Want to Miss!

For all you Frida Kahlo lovers, brace yourself for the most epic news. That’s right, the romantic life of the iconic painter and Diego Rivera will be honored in a new opera that will be titled, The Last Dream of Frida and Diego.

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#TheLastDream. Recently we announced that FWOpera will be hosting the 2020 world premiere of 'The Last Dream of Frida and Diego.' On August 24, we will present the first full libretto reading of this eagerly-anticipated new work, in Mexico City at Palacio De Bellas Artes Oficial. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Francisco de la Torre, Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, will be joining FWOpera for the official announcement. Following the press conference, renowned Mexican actors Anna Silvetti, Javier Díaz Dueñas, Evangelina Sosa, and Adrián Alarcón will read the roles of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Catrina, the keeper of souls, and Leandro. Visit our profile link, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "PRESS" to read the official news release. Photo: Palacio de Bellas Artes (top) & Casa Azul (bottom)

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According to The San Diego Union-Tribune , since Kahlo and Rivera are one of the most important Mexican artists of the 20th century, the co-producers, and creative team made an official announcement on August 24 in Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes cultural center.

The production will be a collaborative effort between the Fort Worth Opera Company, The San Diego Opera, The College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Depauw University School of Music. In an article with El Universal, the opera will feature music composed by Latin Grammy winner Gabriela Lena Frank, and written by Pulitzer prize winner Nilo Cruz. How’s that for an all-star lineup?!

 

'El Último Sueño de Frida y Diego' composer Gabriela Lena Frank and librettist Nilo Cruz.

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Cruz told El Universal, “My music is very dramatic, and the opera proposes a very intimate encounter between Diego and Frida. To me, music is like Mozart with lyrics. We have a lot of work ahead of us. I want to create an opera that cannot be easily labeled.”

The Opera will take place in Mexico city in 1957, during a Dia de Muertos celebration. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, while Diego walks through a cemetery hoping to reunite with his late lover, “the underworld’s keeper of souls, Catrina, releases Kahlo’s spirit to wander the city with Rivera.”  We’re already getting serious *goosebumps*!

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The Press Release reveals that for “24 hours, Frida and Diego will relive their tumultuous relationship through their paintings, reminding the love, passion and even the pain that once joined them.” This opera seems like it will be chillingly romantic, and we cannot wait.

 

Part Three: Inside Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera's cobalt-blue house in Coyoacán, Mexico City.

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Although the actors have not yet been cast, the producers hope to feature Latinos. So exactly how long will you have to wait to be an audience member of this iconic love story? Unfortunately, you’ll have to stick it out until 2020 for its premiere. You might be thinking that’s way too long, but as we’ve learned in the past, good things come to those who wait, and we have a feeling this wait will be worthwhile!