june 23, 27, 29, july 1, 6 & 8 | 7:30 p.m.
june 25 | 3:00 p.m.
Aronoff center | Jarson-Kaplan theater

Music by Robert Xavier Rodríguez
Libretto by Hilary Blecher and Migdalia Cruz

Sung in English and Spanish with projected English translations
Performance length: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission

Please note: Frida is rated R for sexuality, nudity, and drug reference.

Her soul yearned for freedom.

As a student, Frida spurned the taunts of the other girls, turning instead to the politics of the revolutionaries. When a near-fatal bus accident kept her bedridden, she found her own path to freedom in her paintings. Through love, pain, tragedy, and ultimately death, Frida’s identity and art remain a fierce cry of independence.

Based on the life of iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s 1991 opera is as “emphatic and bold” (Opera News) as the artist herself. Our production from Michigan Opera Theatre was praised by the Detroit Free Press for its “dramatic intensity and immediacy.” Singing the title role is Catalina Cuervo, whose performance won rave reviews: “Cuervo doesn’t just play the role, she embodies it. Never was there any doubt that she was Kahlo personified” (The Detroit News).


"An especially vivid and compelling work that has struck a resonant note" Read the review.

Jay Harvey Upstage
"Frida memorializes handsomely a unique contribution to modern world art." Read the review.

Opera Lively
"The opera is bold, colorful, and full of life and passion" Read the review.

Cincinnati Enquirer
"It leaves an indelible imprint that lingers long afterward." Read the review.

Cast & Creative Team

Catalina Cuervo Frida Kahlo

Catalina Cuervo
Frida Kahlo

Ricardo Herrera Diego Rivera

Ricardo Herrera
Diego Rivera


Frida Kahlo  Catalina Cuervo
Diego Rivera  Ricardo Herrera
Cristina Kahlo  Jennifer Cherest
Ensemble  Erin Keesy, Reilly Nelson, Emma Sorenson, Pedro André Arroyo, Benjamin Lee, Thomas Dreeze, Samson McCrady
Calaveras  Melissa Harvey, Paulina Villarreal, John Overholt

Conductor  Andrés Cladera
Stage Director  Jose Maria Condemi
Scenic & Costume Designer  Moníka Essen
Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Hair & Make-up Designer  James Geier
Choreographer  Marco Pelle

Production from Michigan Opera Theatre


Community Programming
Stay tuned for a list of community programming events surrounding our upcoming production of Frida.

Opera Insights
Enhance your Frida knowledge with a pre-curtain lecture in the Aronoff Center lobby one hour before each performance. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into Frida's life and art, and the opera that explores her world. Free to all Frida ticket holders. No reservations required.

In The News
6.22.2017 Cincinnati Art Museum: Frida Kahlo with Catalina Cuervo and Cincinnati Opera
6.22.2017 Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Frida' opens operatic window into life of artist Kahlo
6.21.2017 Broadway World: BWW Previews: Frida at Cincinnati Opera Offers an Insightful View of the Artist
6.19.2017 WCPO Cincinnati: Cincinnati Opera's visually rich 'Frida' -- and related exhibits -- is a feast for the eyes and ears
6.19.2017 Mujer Latina Today: Al igual que Frida, Soprano Catalina Cuervo es Fortaleza, Amor y Pasion
6.7.2017 Cincinnati Enquirer: What two opera leading ladies did for love
6.7.2017 City Beat: Classics, Collaborations and Kahlo
6.5.2017 Mujer Latina Today: Frida de Cincinnati Opera 2017
6.1.2017 Movers & Makers: Frida Bigger than life - perfect for opera
10.6.2016 Cincinnati Enquirer: Opera's 2017 festival mixes old favorites, new wave