Frida Festival

El Festival de Frida y Diego

(The Festival of Frida and Diego)

October 2022

Sherry and Kevin Ahern
Robert H. Kaplan and Marina Baroff
Neil Malmquist and Scott Crispell

World Premiere Festival Sponsors

Ahead of the world premiere of El último sueño de Frida y Diego (The Last Dream of Frida and Diego), San Diego Opera has planned a special lead-up series of events. In partnership with UCSD Park & Market, SDO will host concerts, lectures and panel discussions throughout the month of October. Join us at the newly opened UCSD Park & Market in East Village as we explore the lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera through music, art and politics.

Lecture with Gregorio Luke – “Frida and Diego: An Artistic Marriage”

Monday, October 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Explore the politics, economics, and art in the time of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, drawing on the expertise of UCSD Mexican Studies faculty and featured speaker Gregorio Luke, former Director of the Museum of Latin American Art. This lecture presents a portrait of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, with more than 300 slides of their paintings, photographs, and rare film footage.

The free lecture will be held inside UCSD Park & Market’s Guggenheim Theatre. RSVP required.

Gregorio Luke is a lecturer, author, and specialist in Mexican Art and Culture. He is the former Consul of Cultural Affairs for the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Deputy Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington D.C., and First Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C.

The Songs of Frida Kahlo (Las canciones de Frida Kahlo)

Did you know that Frida Kahlo loved to sing? Enjoy a 50-minute concert featuring singers and guitarists as we dive into the musical world Frida Kahlo with selections of her favorite songs from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Musical works include opera favorites, popular songs like “La Llorona,” “La bruja”, and “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” and much more!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Tickets are $20. The concert will be held inside UCSD Park & Market’s forum/lobby.

Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm
Free. The concert will be held at the Chula Vista Public Library.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Tickets are $10 for the General Public and $5 for Students. The concert will be held at the Southwestern College Performing Arts Center.

Who were Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo? (¿Quienes fueron Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo?)

Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Witness an in-person conversation between Diego Rivera’s grandson, Juan Coronel Rivera and Roxana Velasquez, Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Art. These two experts will discuss the tumultuous relationship between the two iconic artists from Mexico, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Their passions and resentments, adoration and pain were sources of inspiration for the world premiere of El último sueño de Frida y Diego (The Last Dream of Frida and Diego). Rivera and Velasquez will connect themes and images from the new opera to Diego Rivera’s mural Un domingo en la Alameda and the Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos.

This is a free event. The conversation will be held inside UCSD Park & Market’s forum/lobby. RSVP required.

FRIDA (2002)

Directed by Julie Taymor
Starring Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo
Film Screenings at the Digital Gym Cinema

Located on UCSD Park & Market’s campus, the Digital Gym Cinema will present three showings of Frida (2002). This film is a biography of painter Frida Kahlo, and her encounter with the personalities of her time. Despite being confined to a wheelchair as a result of polio, operations and amputations, she channels her pain into her work.

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October 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm
October 11, 2022 at 7:00 pm
October 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm

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