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
Book by Hilary Blecher
Lyrics and monologues by 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.

The season's performances of this opera have concluded.

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).


The Oakwood Register
"It is the essence of wonderful art." Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
The story of the fatally flawed love between two giants of 20th-century art was brought to life in the colorful Cincinnati Opera production" Read the review.

Classical Voice North America
"A compelling production of Frida" Read the review.

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

Opera News
"Courage, determination, and passion at every moment." 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