Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s colorful score is a perfect match for the passionate art of the legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Wracked by agonizing physical pain and caught up in a stormy marriage to Diego Rivera, the flame that fueled Kahlo’s art just kept burning and never turned to ash. She created fifty-five self-portraits. But no portrait of her is quite revealing as the one in Rodriguez’s opera. (Sung in English and Spanish with projected translations in English and Spanish.)
Each program is accompanied by a pre-show lecture an hour before curtain with a talk-back session immediately following the performance.