‘Everybody Wants a Piece of Frida’
Dr. Robert Xavier Rodríguez, chair in art and aesthetic studies, spoke to The Orange County Register about penning an opera devoted to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. “I wanted to portray Frida as a fighter — someone who took all of this hardship and pain and turned it into her art,” he said. Rodríguez’s work, which premiered in 1991, has been performed throughout the United States and Europe, according to the Register. Additionally, a Spanish-language version has been staged in Mexico.