A new portrait of Mexico's most iconic artists
Mexico’s most iconic artists (and infamously stormy lovers) leap off the canvas in this new musical portrait from Grammy Award-winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. When a desperate wish on Day of the Dead reunites Diego Rivera with his wife Frida Kahlo, he jumps at the chance to seek forgiveness. But Frida refuses to return to the world that caused her so much pain, until another departed soul inspires her to look back at the art (and the man) she once loved.
Resident Conductor Lina González-Granados commands a cast packed with international talent, including Daniela Mack, Alfredo Daza and Ana María Martínez in this tribute to one of the most pivotal romances in history. The artists‘ own emblematic paintings merge with a folklore-inspired score to breathe new life into the love-hate saga of Frida and Diego. Don't miss your chance to experience what the LA Times calls one of the "must-see arts events" this Fall.
Enjoy Special Activations before the Show
- Ofrenda (All Performances)- Visit the Frida y Diego ofrenda, designed by Oaxacan-American artist Aldo Cruz (Xicaru). You're also welcome to contribute your own photographs before the performance or at intermission.
- Folklorico Dancers - Evening Performances - Nov. 18, Nov. 30, Dec. 6 and Dec. 9
Enjoy a Folklorico performance by Ballet Folklorico Leyenda at 6:00pm on the 2nd floor.
- Show your Artsy Side - Matinee Performances - Nov. 26 and Dec. 3
Wear Flowers Like Frida-Wear Flowers Like Frida! Frida Kahlo often wore fresh flowers in her hair, picked from her own garden. Join us in crafting a flower headband, so you can wear flowers in your hair too!
Draw a Self Portrait-Many artists, including Frida Kahlo, have drawn or painted their self-portraits over the years. These portraits tell stories about the artists themselves. Tell your story by making a self-portrait.
Join us on Newcomer Night, Thursday Nov 30. New subscribers attend an exclusive pre-show talk to introduce you to the story and music and an intermission reception with wine and desserts. Book this 3-Opera Newcomer Package starting at $54. Available for a limited time. Sign-up
Join us following the Sunday, Dec 3 performance, enjoy music, food and fun on the plaza at Celebración de las Artes hosted by Hispanics for LA Opera (HLAO).
Get More with a DYO Package. Design-Your-Own Package with 3 or more shows starting at $56. Customize which shows and dates you attend plus receive added benefits. DYO Package
"On a purely visual level, 'Frida y Diego' is an endless delight...Frank’s score matches this bounty note for note and shade for shade...alluring and beautifully crafted."
“A confident, richly imagined score...magically spooky...as visually seductive as any staging I’ve seen in the past few years”
- Frida Kahlo
- Daniela Mack
- Diego Rivera
- Alfredo Daza
- Ana María Martínez
- Key'mon W. Murrah
- First Villager
- Ryan Wolfe
- Second Villager
- Anthony León
- Third Villager
- Alan Williams
- First Frida Image
- Abi Levis
- Second Frida Image
- Madeleine Lyon
- Third Frida Image
- Sarah Saturnino
- Young Man
- Anthony León
Synopsis in English
Sinopsis en Español
Sung in Spanish with subtitles in both English and Spanish
Running time: approximately two hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission
This production includes brief nudity.
Join the pre-show talk, one hour before each performance, with Dr. Tiffany Kuo in Stern Grand Hall.
Click here to read the digital program.
Commissioned and produced by San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and DePauw University, School of Music, with generous support from the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts
Co-production of San Diego Opera and San Francisco Opera
Audio description will be available for the November 26 matinee.
* Costume designer Eloise Kazan is a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (Mexican Network of Art Creators).