June 23, 27, 29, July 1, 6 & 8 • 7:30 p.m.
June 25 • 3:00 p.m.
Aronoff Center for the Arts • Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Music by Robert Javier Rodríguez
Libretto by Hilary Blecher and Migdalia Cruz
About the opera
Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s Frida is a musical portrait of Frida Kahlo. At age 18 Kahlo was badly injured in a traffic accident, which necessitated many medical procedures. Her recovery in isolation, as well as a lifetime in physical pain, profoundly influenced her paintings — some of the most compelling of the 20th century. Kahlo’s two marriages to famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (creator of the Detroit Industry murals for the Detroit Institute of Arts) was another source of inspiration and heartache. The opera celebrates Kahlo’s vivacious spirit, talent, sexuality, and fragility, with splashes of music as colorful as her artwork.