Here’s a chance to introduce children to the wondrous magic of opera. Central City Opera will present Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, an inspiring new opera featuring local singers. Three performances will take place around the metro area this spring as part of Central City Opera’s annual Family Series aimed at young children and their families. The show is 35 minutes, followed by an optional Q & A with the artists.
Performed mostly in English, in the opera Mariana is a young girl living in the heart of Mexico City whose home is full of beautiful artwork by Frida Kahlo. She is encouraged by her family to visit Kahlo and have her portrait painted the renowned artist, but is terrified at the thought.
There are rumors that Frida keeps skeletons above her bed and exotic pets in her Blue House — people have even said that she is a witch. As Kahlo begins to paint Mariana in her studio, this fear quickly disappears, and a friendship blooms between the two.
Mariana meets Frida’s husband, Diego Rivera, and learns of the horrible accident that almost killed her new friend. Through the magic of opera, Frida’s parrot, dog, and monkey all sing, and the audience is invited to join in on the fun as well.
Here’s the performance schedule:
Sunday, March 27, 3 p.m. — Centro San Juan Diego in Denver (2830 Lawrence St., Denver)
Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. — People’s Building in Aurora (9995 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora)
Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m. — Prospect Hall (6363 W. 35th Ave, Wheat Ridge)
Tickets are $12 for anyone age 13 or older, $5 for ages 2 to 12 and FREE under age 2. Buy tickets and find out more here or call 303-292-6700.