El Último Sueñode Frida y Diego

2023

El último sueño de Frida y Diego

NEW SAN FRANCISCO OPERA CO-COMMISSION

By Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz

Overview

Dates

June 13–30, 2023

Composers

Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz

Price

Starting at $31

Run Time

Approximately 2 hours including one intermission

Language

Sung in Spanish with English supertitles

Libretto

Grabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz

Divided in life. United in eternity.

It's been three years since she passed. Now on the Day of the Dead in 1957, a lonely, ailing Diego Rivera makes a final wish: to see his wife Frida Kahlo once more. And the underworld heeds his call. 

Journey through this bold world of desire and release in a pioneering new opera by Bay Area composer Gabriela Lena Frank and the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz.

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Why See It

Two of the 20th century’s most influential painters are reborn in this new opera, a celebration of Mexican culture that tips its hat to the Orpheus myth and surrealism.

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The Buzz

"[Gabriela Lena Frank] has a highly refined ear, which results in string writing that is exceptionally smooth and idiomatic yet that in its imitation of panpipes and other indigenous instruments bursts with color and fresh individuality."
-Los Angeles Times

"[Nilo] Cruz’s words, however, are poetic and poignant, reminiscent of Alice Goodman’s librettos for the John Adams operas 'Nixon in China' and 'The Death of Klinghoffer,' which occupy a dreamy realm between historical fact and ethereal enigma."
-New York Times

"[Daniela Mack] sang with an irresistible combination of tonal luster and bravado, bringing energy and charm to her coloratura passages and delicate wit to her characterization."
-San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis

It’s 1957. Three years have passed since the Diego Rivera lost his wife, artist Frida Kahlo. But on the Day of the Dead, he’ll beg her to return—and the underworld will grant his wish.



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* San Francisco Opera Debut

Performances
June 13, 17, 22, 25, 30, 2023

New San Francisco Opera co-commission with San Diego Opera, Fort Worth Opera, DePauw University, School of Music, and with support from The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts

Video Selection

Get a sense of Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz's work with this digital short, “The Five Moons of Lorca," produced by LA Opera, based on the life of Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca.

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.