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Essential Arts & Culture: Frida as opera, Julius Caesar continued, Taylor Mac's day-long songfest

Essential Arts & Culture: Frida as opera, Julius Caesar continued, Taylor Mac's day-long songfest

Frida Kahlo in opera. Beyond the “Julius Caesar” controversy. And 24 hours of song. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, lover of hot coffee and burritos, with the week’s essential culture news:

An operatic ‘Frida’

“If she hadn’t existed, opera would have had to invent her,” writes Times classical music critic Mark Swed of 20th century Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. So look no further than Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s “Frida,” which had its premiere in 1991 and is currently being staged by the Long Beach Opera at the...

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