DePauw University is one of the producers behind a new, Spanish-language opera about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, The Last Dream of Frida & Diego, which will premiere at the Fort Worth Opera in spring 2020 and be performed by DePauw Opera in 2021. The work has been co-commissioned by DePauw, the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, the Fort Worth Opera and the San Diego Opera. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz and Latin Grammy winner, pianist and composer Gabriela Lena Frank (pictured left), DePauw’s 2016 Music of the 21st Century artist-in-residence, will create the new work, described as “an homage to Mexican culture and its traditions.” The opera will also be performed by the San Diego Opera and by the Butler Opera Center at UT-Austin in 2021.

A news conference to announce more details about the project will take place August 24 at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.

“Mexico City is a logical choice as a site for this announcement, given that Rivera and Kahlo were two of Mexico’s greatest artists,” reports the Fort Worth News-Telegram. “Since the opera is still three years away and the libretto is not completely set, Frank is in the very early stages of composing the music.”

Punch Shaw writes, “The plot of the new opera sounds like a twist on the old Orpheus in hell story. It envisions the artist and muralist Diego Rivera nearing the end of his life in 1957. He wants to see his deceased lover, artist Frida Kahlo, one last time to say goodbye. Kahlo is allowed to leave her eternal resting place, with the only catch being that she cannot touch Rivera because the dead should never touch the living.”

Read more on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website here.