Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World

WORLD PREMIERE

Music by Joe Illick

Libretto by Mark Campbell

Sung in English

Bring this World Premiere to your school, community, or private event. Contact Sheran Goodspeed Keyton at sheran@fwopera.org

Family-friendly tale teaching children about art, bravery, and the power of friendship.

Based upon the highly-acclaimed book by award-winning English author and illustrator Laurence Anholt, this charming new work follows the real-life story of Marianna Morillo Safa and her friendship with famed painter Frida Kahlo.

Marianna, 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 Marianna in her studio, this fear quickly disappears, and a friendship blooms between the two. Marianna 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.

Stage director Octavio Cardenas (Zorro: FWO Festival 2020, Silent Night), returns to Fort Worth to bring Anholt’s inspirational story and artwork to life.

CAST

Robin Steitz

Marianna

Megan Koch

Marianna | Grandmother | Monkey

Meredith Browning

Marianna | Grandmother | Monkey

Kayla Nanto

Frida | Mother

Autumn Capocci

Frida | Mother

Kyle Spears

Brother | Dog

Lwazi Hlati

Brother | Dog

Christopher Curcuruto

Father | Diego | Parrot

Prosper Makhanya

Father | Diego | Parrot

CREATIVE

Joe Illick

Composer

Mark Campbell

Librettist

Laurence Anholt

Author

Octavio Cardenas

Director

Charlene Lotz

Music Director | Pianist

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