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Opera Orlando's FRIDA On Sale This Friday, Sept 29!

Opera Orlando continues its 2023-24 All for Art season On the MainStage this January with Frida, Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s love letter to Mexican surrealist artist Frida Kahlo. Join Opera Orlando in Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as the Company presents an operatic celebration of this iconic artist full of fierce characters, life-altering tragedy, and passionate love, set to an alluring and vibrant score. Performed Friday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 28 at 2 p.m., individual tickets go on sale September 29


Frida premiered in 1991 and is a poetic retelling of Frida Kahlo’s life that reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality. The opera’s spectacle of art and music sheds lights on Kahlo’s experiences, including her childhood during the Mexican Revolution, the devastating accident that left her crippled and barren, her marriage to muralist Diego Rivera and intermittent love affairs, her association with the Communist Party, and her absorption in Mexican folklore and culture. Frida Kahlo lived life on an operatic scale. She lived for art. 


Frida is operatic in its storytelling, and truly theatrical in its scope and scale. Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s music is romantically dramatic with mariachi-style orchestration and a unique mix of musical theater styles combined with Mexican folk songs and dances,” shares Opera Orlando artistic director Grant Preisser. “Frida Kahlo is still such a part of our pop culture, and to see her life on stage at Steinmetz Hall for the Orlando premiere of the work will be something special. Plus, we are very excited to have Metropolitan Opera soprano Cecilia Violetta López returning to Orlando to make her role debut as Frida.”


Mexican-American soprano Cecilia Violetta López is a Company favorite having previously performed the role of Mimi in La bohème, Violetta in La traviata, singing in the Opera’s Summer Concert Series, and performing in the Pulse commemorative concert One Voice Orlando. Playing opposite Ms. López as Diego Rivera will be Venezuelan-American baritone Bernardo Bermudez, making his Company debut by reprising this role that he has previously sung with both Long Beach Opera and Anchorage Opera. The cast will also include members of Opera Orlando’s 2023-24 Studio Artists program and members of the Opera Orlando Youth Company.


Internationally acclaimed Argentinian conductor Jorge Parodi leads the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for this production having previously worked with them for Opera Orlando’s productions of Die Fledermaus and The Tales of Hoffmann. Reviewed as having “the most expressive hands since Stokowski’s” by the Daily News, Maestro Parodi has worked extensively in North America, Latin America, and Asia. Collaborating with Maestro Parodi in developing this all-new production will be stage director and choreographer John de los Santos, making his Company debut. Mr. de los Santos is known for his “polish and panache” in taking new and classic opera to the next level. He has been called a “brilliant combination of literary insight and choreographic creativity,” making him a natural fit to direct this work. 



FRIDA |  music by Robert Xavier Rodriguez with book by Hilary Blecher and 

lyrics and monologues by Migdalia Cruz

sung in English and some Spanish with English and Spanish supertitles 


Friday  |  January 26, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday  |  January 28, 2024 at 2 p.m.


Age advisory: PG-13


Estimated run time is two hours and twenty minutes with one intermission. A pre-show talk with the conductor and stage director, free for all ticket holders, will be held on stage fifty minutes prior to each performance.


In addition to the performances at Steinmetz Hall, Opera Orlando has planned a variety of lead-up events that include an elementary school tour of Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, More of the MainStage events including a screening of the 2002 Julie Taymor film Frida starring Salma Hayek, art and culture events centered around Frida Kahlo in partnership with Casa de México, performances at the Mount Dora Viva la Frida Festival, and collaborations with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 


Individual tickets for Frida start at just $29 and go on sale September 29 through the Dr. Phillips Center’s Bill & Mary Darden Box Office (445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando), online at, or by calling (407) 839-0119, ext. 0. MainStage subscriptions are also still available through Friday, October 27. Packages for all three operas, including Frida, start at only $99.


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About Opera Orlando:     Celebrating, expanding, and sharing the world’s greatest art form,  the 2023-24 season marks Opera Orlando’s eighth season producing high-quality operatic entertainment and educational programs that engage Central Florida audiences.

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