THE LAST DREAM OF FRIDA & DIEGO
Gabriela Lena Frank Composer | Nilo Cruz Librettist
MAY 30, 2019 AT 7:00 PM
Rose Marine Theater
MAY 31, 2019 AT 7:30 PM
Ed Landreth Hall - TCU
Featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
This event is FREE and is a first come, first serve basis.
About The Last Dream of Frida & Diego (El Ultimo Sueño de Frida y Diego)
In the spring of 2021, Fort Worth Opera will present the world premiere of The Last Dream of Frida and Diego (El Ultimo Sueño de Frida y Diego), a Spanish-language opera exploring the passionate relationship of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz and Latin Grammy winner, pianist, and classical composer Gabriela Lena Frank, this celebratory new work is set in 1957 during the Mexican holiday of El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). In May of 2019, following Fort Worth Opera’s spring Festival, the company will hold a week long orchestral-vocal workshop, culminating in a showcase of scenes from the opera for the entire community to enjoy.
Mexico City, 1957. As Mexico celebrates the annual festival of El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the great muralist Diego Rivera walks among the worshipers in the cemetery. Surrounded by sugar-coated skulls, candles, and fragrant marigold flowers, he longs to see his deceased lover Frida Kahlo once again before he passes on. In the afterlife, Catrina, the keeper of the souls, approaches Frida and explains that Diego desperately needs his beloved angel as the seed of death quickly sprouts within him. Moved by the desires of the departed souls she encounters around her, Frida reluctantly agrees to join him in the world above, with the knowledge that the dead can never touch the living. For only twenty-four hours, Frida and Diego will relive their tumultuous love through their paintings, embracing the passion and the pain they inflicted upon one another.