Catalina Cuervo Headlines Florida Grand Opera’s ‘Frida’

By Francisco Salazar

Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s biopic opera “Frida” is set to make its Florida premiere.

The opera inspired by about Frida Kahlo is set to star Colombian-American soprano Catalina Cuervo in the title role with bass-baritone Ricardo Herrero as Diego Rivera. The production will mark the company premiere and the third production of Florida Grand Opera’s 78th Season.

In a press release Rodríguez said, “You learn much more about people by watching them not alone, but in conflict with others. Frida and Diego have two powerful love scenes, one at the beginning and one at the end, with one fight after another in between. It’s that fascinating and unpredictable through-line of their relationship that drives the action.”

Directed and Choreographed by Marco Pelle from the New York Theatre Ballet, and previous director of Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera,” as well as Ballet Choreographer on Ryan Murphy’s “Pose,” the opera is described as a “colorful and passionate R-rated operatic story of Mexico’s legendary artist.”

Roberto Kalb conducts the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra for the 1991 opera.

The work is scheduled for performances on March 16 through 30.