From October, 2019

Review: The Atlanta Opera’s “Frida” is a bold and provocative work

Ricardo Herrera and Catalina Cuervo depict the torrid marriage between Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. (Photos by Rafterman Photography) Mexican painter Frida Kahlo didn’t know that her art was surrealistic until the French poet André Breton told her. In Breton’s estimation, whether it was a self-portrait or a collection of images within What the Water Gave Me, Kahlo accomplished a creativity unhindered by realism. Now more than a half-century later, Kahlo’s work and sense of fashion are considered iconic, and Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s opera Frida, which premiered at the American Music Theater Festival in 1991, has emerged from a hibernation of sorts. On…