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Opera Omaha. El Ultimo Sueno de Frida y Diego. Omaha property of Opera Omaha.

Opera Omaha. El Ultimo Sueno de Frida y Diego. Omaha property of Opera Omaha.

By Gabriel Escalera

‘Opera Omaha’ Debuts First-Ever Spanish-Language Opera

May 3rd, 2024

Frida Kahlo, renowned for her vibrant personality and uncompromising artwork, continues to leave an indelible mark on art history. Born on July 6, 1907, in Mexico City, Kahlo’s life was marked by physical challenges, including polio and a severe bus accident. Despite these adversities, her artistic journey thrived, fueled by her marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera. Together, they resided in Kahlo’s childhood home, now the esteemed Blue House museum.

The influence of Frida and Diego’s art extends far beyond the canvas, resonating even in contemporary classical music. Recently, Gabriela Lena Frank, an American pianist and composer, penned the opera “El Ultimo Sueño de Frida y Diego” (The Last Dream of Frida and Diego). This weekend, Opera Omaha is poised to unveil this groundbreaking work in the Midwest.

Stephanie Sanchez, hailing from Las Cruces, New Mexico, takes on the role of Frida Kahlo in the opera. Her portrayal promises to breathe life into the iconic artist’s spirit.

Amidst numerous narratives recounting Frida’s life, this opera offers a fresh perspective. Set after Frida’s passing, it intertwines with a significant celebration in Mexican culture, offering audiences a deeper understanding of Kahlo’s enduring legacy.

Sanchez, reflecting on her experience, expressed admiration for the opera’s high production standards, particularly highlighting the exceptional writing by the Grammy-winning composer.

Don’t miss the Midwest premiere of Omaha’s first Spanish-language opera, “The Last Dream of Frida and Diego,” taking place this Friday and Sunday. For further details, visit: The Last Dream of Frida and Diego