“I never paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” Famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lived as she painted, with pain and passion in bold, vibrant colors. This celebration of Kahlo’s vivacious spirit, sexuality, and her tumultuous life with muralist Diego Rivera is captured with music as rich and haunting as her art. Frida sings as she lived, against the tide from the very first note.
***Opera takes place outside in MOLAA's Sculpture Garden - dress warm!***
Music by Robert Xavier Rodríguez
Book by Hilary Blecher
Lyrics and monologues by Migdalia Cruz
Rodríguez describes Frida as being "in the Gershwin, Sondheim, Kurt Weill tradition of dissolving the barriers and extending the common ground between opera and musical theater." In keeping with the Mexican setting of Frida, the score features mariachi-style orchestration with authentic Mexican folk songs and dances and the composer's own "imaginary folk music," tangos and colorations of zarzuela, ragtime, vaudeville and 1930's jazz — "Romantically dramatic" (The Washington Post) and full of "the composer's all-encompassing sense of humor" (The Los Angeles Times).
Among the "stolen" musical fragments used in Frida (like Stravinsky, Rodríguez says "I never borrow I steal.") are such strange musical bedfellows as two traditional Mexican piñata songs ("Horo y fuego" and "Al quebrar la piñata"), two narrative ballads ("La Maguinita" and "Jesusita"), the Communist anthem ("L'Internationale"), Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, and Wagner's Tristan and Isolde.
Rodríguez says, "You learn much more about people by watching them not alone, but in conflict with others. Frida and Diego have two powerful love scenes, one at the beginning and one at the end, with one fight after another in between. It's that fascinating and unpredictable through-line of their relationship that drives the action." In a musical metaphor for Frida's unique persona, her vocal line is scored with its own characteristic rhythms. As Rodríguez observes, "Frida sings as she lived — against the tide from the very first note."
Presenter / Producer: Long Beach Operea
Music > Opera
Event Phone: 562-470-7464 x1
Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach CA 90802
Long Beach & South Bay
Performance Dates: 6/20/2020 - 6/28/2020
Outdoor venue, dress warm!
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