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Michigan Opera Theatre and Macomb Center for the Performing Arts collaborate for Midwest premier of the opera Frida

– Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:00AM

Groundbreaking MOT co-production with the Macomb Center presents contemporary opera of Mexican artist and icon Frida Kahlo

The tumultuous life of Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist and icon, is the focus of Robert Xavier Rodriquez’s opera, Frida, which will have its Midwest premiere on Sat., March 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and a follow-up performance on Sun., March 8 at 2:30 p.m.  This is the first main stage opera production for the Michigan Opera Theatre outside the Detroit Opera House.  

“Macomb Community College’s partnership with MOT provides a distinctive opportunity to amplify the impact of one of our region’s cultural treasures,” said Dr. James Jacobs, president, Macomb Community College.  “Collaboration is a key tenet of Macomb’s philosophy in realizing our mission of education, enrichment and economic development, and we value the chance to bring this special cultural experience directly to our community.”  

A Frida Gala will precede the opening performance at 5:30 p.m., March 7, with appetizers inspired by Frida’s favorite Mexican cuisine and a complimentary bar.  A Champagne and Dessert Afterglow will follow both the March 7 and March 8 performances, featuring the opportunity to meet Catalina Cuervo, who is singing the title role of “Frida,” and Ricardo Herrera, who is “Diego.”  Tickets for the gala, performance and afterglow on March 7 are $125 per person; $100 for the gala and performance.  Tickets for the performance and afterglow on either March 7 or 8 are $70 per person.  Call 586.286.2095 or email for reservations.  

Kahlo was married to famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and was in Detroit with him when he created the Detroit Industry murals for the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).  The opera is one of a series of regional events scheduled to complement the DIA’s special exhibition, “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” March 12 – July 12, 2015.   On Wed., March 4, 11 a.m., the Lorenzo Cultural Center, which is adjacent to the Macomb Center, will present a free Preview of the Opera Frida led by MOT audience engagement coordinators and include musical selections from the opera performed by members of the production. The presentation is part of the cultural center’s program series 101 People, Places and Things that Made Michigan. To register for the preview, go to or call 586.445.7348.  

About the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts ( is a community enrichment program of Macomb Community College dedicated to providing a diverse range of cultural experiences, and to inspire and encourage artist expression through education, performance and volunteer opportunities. Hosting more than 100,000 visitors annually, the Macomb Center presents high-quality professional performances, offers educational outreach in the arts, provides a performance venue for community-based arts organizations, and, in partnership with the adjacent Lorenzo Cultural Center, creates unique opportunities for multifaceted cultural programming.   

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to more than 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 

Media Contact: Jeanne Nicol,, 586.445.7204