Michigan Opera Theatre presents its first show of the 2022 season — Frida — next month. The 1991 opera follows the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo from the time she was 13 years old to her death.
The opera — which features music by composer Robert Xavier Rodríguez and lyrics and monologues by Migdalia Cruz — explores everything from Kahlo’s experience growing up in the era of the Mexican Revolution to her life-changing bus accident and her time with painter Diego Rivera, including the year the couple spent in Detroit in the 1930s. Colombia soprano Catalina Curvo stars as Khalo.
“…Our season this year emphasizes everyday life and visions of reality, from Italian verismo to American realism,” says MOT’s Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director Yuval Sharon in a press release. “Frida is an example of an extraordinary woman who created her own distinct language for an indomitable vision of reality. From humble origins and despite crushing obstacles, Frida Kahlo forged an artistic identity that captured the world’s imagination.”
MOT first presented Frida in 2015 at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts in Clinton Twp. This year, MOT is performing the opera on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 at Music Hall in Detroit. Frida is the first production in the opera group’s Coming Home programming, which is bringing shows back to Music Hall and the Detroit Opera House after a year of performances across the metro area.
“Robert Rodríguez’s bright and engaging look at the remarkable life of Frida Kahlo was one of MOT’s biggest artistic successes in the last decade,” Sharon says. “It makes for a great reason to revisit MOT’s first home, the iconic Music Hall…” Following Frida, MOT will present La bohème at the Detroit Opera House from April 2-10 and X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X from May 14-22.
Tickets for Frida are now on sale and start at $29. On the day of the show, all ticket holders must present their full proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. Face coverings must also be worn in the venue.
For more information, visit michiganopera.org.