Catalina Cuervo Leads Opera Naples’ ‘Frida’

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Naples is set to present “Frida” as the grand finale to its third annual Festival under the Stars.

The company will present the work on April 4 and 5 at the Cambier Park with the Opera Naples Chorus and the Naples Festival Orchestra conducted by Maestro Ramón Tebar.

Composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez described “Frida” as an opera and musical theater. The production intermingles mariachi-style music with authentic Mexican folk songs and dance in the tradition of zarzuela, ragtime, vaudeville, and 1930s jazz, along with the composer’s signature dramatic romanticism, rich lyrical atonality, and sense of humor.

The program will star acclaimed Soprano Catalina Cuervo as Frida and bass-baritone Ricardo Herrera in the role of Diego Rivera.

Cuervo holds the distinction of having performed the most productions by any singer in the history of both Rodriguez’s “Frida” and Astor Piazzolla’s opera “Maria de Buenos Aires.” Meanwhile, Herrera is a performer, teacher, and stage director that has sung more than 50 operatic roles.