Frida (world premiere)
Frida Kahlo is one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in twentieth-century art. This monodrama, based on Frida Kahlo’s own diary, takes the audience on a journey from Frida’s childhood to her death, reflecting on a range of key aspects of her personal life including her tragic accident and her marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera.
As a one-act monodrama, Frida is written in a series of 12 tableaux and reflections, giving the work the feeling of a gallery, which grows in length. By the end of the work, the reflections become the tableaux.
The world première of Frida is performed on Wednesday 3rd July at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford as part of the 2019 Oxford Festival of the Arts.
Scored for mezzo-soprano and an ensemble of seven instruments, including the extraordinary magnetic resonator piano, Paul Max Edlin’s operatic monodrama is both rich in colour and lyricism while being entirely contemporary in musical language.
The part of Frida is performed by the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Katie Bray who represented England in this year's BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and was awarded the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize.
Paul Max Edlin, Composer
Matthew Hardy, Conductor
Performed by East London Music Group
Words from Frida Kahlo's diary © 2019 Banco De México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. 5 de Mayo No. 2, col. Centro, alc. Cuauhtémoc, c.p. 06000, Mexico City.
Date: Wednesday 3 July 2019