Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World

Music by Joe Illick
Libretto by Mark Campbell 
Spanish Translation by Arlene Martínez-Vázquez

Lyric's Opera in the Neighborhoods program brings live performances of youth-focused operas to neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area. Programmed for grades 3-6, Opera in the Neighborhoods is free to schools groups, and bus scholarships are available for qualifying schools.

Join us for our 2024/25 Opera in the Neighborhoods student performances of Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, a story about facing your fears, learning new things, and the power of friendship. Based on the acclaimed book by author and illustrator Laurence Anholt, the story follows the real-life friendship of Mariana, a young girl living in the heart of Mexico City, and Frida Kahlo, the famed artist. When Mariana plucks up her courage to meet Frida, a friendship blossoms between them. You’ll meet Frida’s husband, artist Diego Rivera, as well as a singing parrot, dog, and monkey. Young people will delight in the opportunity to participate in this charming musical journey!

Running Time: 45 minutes



Show dates and locations

Friday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Kennedy-King College Theater
740 W. 63rd St., Chicago, IL 60621

Tuesday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
North Central College - Pfeiffer Hall
310 E. Benton Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
These performances are at capacity, please complete the form below to be added to the waitlist.

Wednesday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Pkwy, University Park, IL 60484

Wednesday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Kehrein Center for the Arts
5628 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60644

Tuesday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
College of Lake County, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts
19351 W. Washington St, Grayslake, IL 60030

Friday, November 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th, Chicago, IL 60637
Reservations for this performance will be taken through Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. A link will be shared soon!


Special requests

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about this event.








* Lyric debut

Adapted from the book Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World by Laurence Anholt. Commissioned by Fort Worth Opera. Licensed by arrangement with the Barbara Hogenson Agency, Inc. Scenery and Props designed by Brandon David Riel. Costumes designed by Carrie Rees. The production was constructed by Seattle Opera.