After a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid pandemic, in February I returned to opera photography at the dress rehearsal for Opera Southwest's production of Frida, based on the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). The opera premiered in 1991, and since then has been produced at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Houston Grand Opera, and many others.
During the 2.5 hour production I shot over 2,000 images, and winnowed them down to about 400 which are available for viewing at my photography website, Todos Juntos Photography, here. For this blog post, however, I'll just share a brief synopsis and selected images from the production.
The opera opens with a dramatic image of three muertes (death figures from Mexican folklore) wearing calaveras (skull masks), who reappear throughout the opera.
The opera then chronicles Frida's life from her schoolgirl-hood . . .
. . . to her first encounter with death in the form of a peasant woman's dead child . . .
and the awakening of her social consciousness in the Zapatista movement.
At age 18 she was in a bus accident that left her severely injured and in lifelong pain.