San Diego Opera: El ultimó sueño de Frida y Diego
The 2022-2023 season begins with with the world premiere of El último sueño de Frida y Diego (The Last Dream of Frida and Diego) by Grammy Award-winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank and Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Nilo Cruz. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera have inspired generations of artists and this new opera explores the relationship between these two great Mexican visionaries. During the celebration of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), surrounded by candles and the fragrance of marigolds, the great muralist Diego Rivera longs to see his deceased wife Frida Kahlo once more. Catrina, the keeper of the souls, approaches Frida in the afterlife, and explains that Diego desperately needs his beloved wife as the end of his life approaches. For only twenty-four hours, Frida and Diego will relive their tumultuous love through their paintings and embrace the passion they shared. Featuring an international cast of stars including mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Paz as Frida, baritone Alfredo Daza as Diego, soprano Maria Katzarava as Catrina, and countertenor Key’mon Murrah as Leonardo. Directed by Lorena Maza and conducted by Roberto Kalb. Sung in Spanish with English/Spanish text above the stage. The approximate run time is 2 hours including one 20 minute intermission. This opera is a co-commission with San Francisco Opera, Fort Worth Opera, DePauw University School of Music, and with support from The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts.