Courtesy of Long Beach Opera Bernardo Bermudez & Laura Virella


June 17-18, 8 p.m., Sat., June 24, 8 p.m. and Sun., June 25, 8 p.m. 2017

Location Info:

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach, CA  90802
Long Beach Opera's presentation of Robert Xavier Rodríguez's bio-opera about Frida Kahlo is often delightful, and the outdoor garden setting at MOLAA adds to the atmosphere and charm, with pin lights of stars above and the occasional sizzle and pop of nearby fireworks punctuating the merrily macabre music-making, which is a blend of traditional Mexican folk songs and classical styles deftly administered by conductor Kristof Van Grysperre and a small ensemble. Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano Laura Virella is vibrant in the title role, while Venezuelan lyric baritone Bernardo Bermudez is a charismatic counterpart as Kahlo's lover Diego Rivera. Local soprano Alejandra Martinez and New Orleans native David Castillo are also impressive in supporting roles.


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