Conducted by Andrés Cladera
Directed by Andreas Mitisek

Special note: January 27, 2021 | With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, new variants spreading, a slow vaccine roll-out, and continued state mandated restrictions on travel and assembly, we’ve had to re-evaluate our plans for our production plans for Frida. Previously set to launch our digital channel Portland Opera On-screen, this production has been postponed. We are now pursuing producing it at an outdoor venue in the summer. We are working on those details and hope to share more details in the coming weeks. Please check back soon for more information, or email with any questions.


Sung in English and Spanish with captions. Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission.

“Viva la vida!” A celebration of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Frida is vibrant, and infused with artistic imagery—all brought to life by the beautiful music of Mexican American composer Robert Xavier Rodríguez. In two poetic acts, we follow moments from Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s life—the traffic accident that changes her physical abilities, her turbulent relationship with Diego Rivera, the men and women that she loves, and the art that she makes. We enter the imagination of an iconic artist and heroine as she changes the world with her story and legacy. Featuring Catalina Cuervo as Frida and Bernardo Bermudez as Diego, with the 20/21 Portland Opera Resident Artists, and a score that celebrates the beauty of Mexican folk and art song. The libretto shines with lyrics written by award-winning playwright Migdalia Cruz and book by Hilary Blecher, directed by Andreas Mitisek (As One, 2018/19).

Photos courtesy of Long Beach Opera, by Keith Polakoff.

Dates, programming, artists, and details are subject to change. 



Catalina Cuervo

Bernardo Bermudez

Cristina Kahlo, Mrs. Ford
Lynnesha Crump

Dimas’ Mother, Lupe Marin, Mrs. Rockefeller, Natalia Trotsky
Jasmine Johnson

Alejandro, Mr. Ford, Leon Trotsky
David Morgans Sanchez

Petate Vendor, Guillermo Kahlo, Mr. Rockefeller, Edward G. Robinson
Edwin Jhamal Davis

Andres Cladera

Andreas Mitisek

Lighting Designer
Connie Yun