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El Ultimo Suenode Frida y Diego

June, 2023

El último sueño de Frida y Diego


By Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz
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June 13–30, 2023


Gabriela Lena Frank


Starting at $31

Run Time

Approximately 2 hours 14 minutes including one intermission


Sung in Spanish with English and Spanish supertitles


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.

Pre-Opera Talk with Jessica Bejarano


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Join us in the courtyard next to the War Memorial Opera House for a free and open to the public pre-show community celebration, featuring accessibly priced Mexican bites, presentation by Ensamble Folclórico Colibrí, and an interactive community altar built in partnership with the Marigold Project. For evening performances, the celebration will take place between 5:30 and 7pm. For the matinee performance, the celebration will take place between 12 and 1:30pm.

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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


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

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

El Círculo de Frida y Diego

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Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Norby Anderson; Bob Ellis; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Koret Foundation; Denise Littlefield Sobel; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.