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I don't think that music is what I'm supposed to do on Earth, multi-disciplinary composer, musician, and theater artist Anjna Swaminathan told me in a recent interview. I think creativity is why I am here. Expression is why I'm here. Connection is why I'm here. Storytelling is why I'm here.
On Nov. 15 I went to a nightclub in east London — OK, it was 7 p.m. and the Colour Factory in Hackney Wick had been booked for a London Sinfonietta collaboration, but the raw space is a long way from their usual concert hall performance venues.
In their debut opera, El Último Sueño de Frida y Diego, Grammy Award-winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz unravel the complexities of physical and emotional pain, love, and permanence within the marriage of famed Mexican painters Frida Kahlo and Dieg...