MOT looks at the full life of ‘Frida’

Winter-weary music lovers won’t have to wait much longer for a gale of warmth, courtesy of sunny Mexico and Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s vibrant opera “Frida.”

The 1991 work, based on the life of artist Frida Kahlo, opens Saturday, a week before the DIA exhibit “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit.” It will be presented throughout the month by Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) at three venues in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Rivera, of course, painted the vaunted “Detroit Industry” frescoes in 1932 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. At that time, Kahlo was often condescendingly referred to as “Diego Rivera’s wife.”

But books, films, and scholarly interest surrounding Kahlo over the last few decades have placed Rivera in the shadow of

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