Passport to Culture: Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World

Passport to Culture: Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World

Sunday, May 22, 2022
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Music by Joe Illick
Libretto by Mark Campbell
Based on the children's book by Laurence Anholt and inspired by real life
Central City Opera presents an inspiring new opera written especially for children and families, Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World. Mariana, a young girl living in the heart of Mexico City, whose home is full of beautiful artwork by Frida Kahlo. She is encouraged by her family to visit Kahlo and have her portrait painted the renowned artist, but is terrified at the thought. There are rumors that Frida keeps skeletons above her bed and exotic pets in her Blue House -- people have even said that she is a witch. As Kahlo begins to paint Mariana in her studio, this fear quickly disappears, and a friendship blooms between the two. Mariana meets Frida’s husband, Diego Rivera, and learns of the horrible accident that almost killed her new friend. Through the magic of opera, Frida’s parrot, dog, and monkey all sing, and the audience is invited to join in on the fun as well.
Armando Contreras, baritone
Kira Dills-DeSurra, mezzo-soprano
Daniela Guzmán, soprano
Melaina Mills, soprano
Joshua Zabatta, tenor
Steven Aguiló-Arbues, piano
Directed by Iliana Lucero Barron

Passport to Culture is a program specifically designed for children and families to experience arts and culture outside the classroom and inside a world of imagination through performances, workshops and pure entertainment to foster the growth of visual and performing arts, science and cultural understanding in our community.

Face coverings are optional.

Please note that this program was originally scheduled for May 15.