Frida Kahlo’s life was an opera, so why not turn it into one?

In the Long Breach Opera production of “Frida,” Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano Laura Virella stars as the beloved, ill-fated Mexican artist. (Photo by Naomi Vaughan)

Robert Xavier Rodriguez had to write quickly to finish the score for “Frida,” an opera plagued by creative problems and departures from the team. (Photo courtesy Gabriel Berdéa)

Composer Robert Rodriguez is pleased that all the productions of Frida he has seen incorporate her art into the scenic design. They use her work...

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