Opera Sets Stage for Dramatic Proposal

Florida Grand Opera

Florida Grand Opera

Puccini’s beloved opera, “Tosca,” currently being presented by Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is a musical tale of love and tragedy, but the real drama could be found backstage before the Sunday, March 30 matinee.

As the teary-eyed, costumed cast watched, Otto Martinez knelt and proposed to his partner of 14 years, Rafael Cruz. Both regularly appear with the company as supernumeraries, costumed extras.

The cast broke out into cheers and applause as Cruz accepted, while the audience on the other side of the curtain waited for the opera to begin.

The setting was especially appropriate, according to FGO spokesperson Judy Glynn, because Act 1 of the opera is set in the ornate Attavanti private chapel in Rome and punctuated with lusch sacred melodies.

Martinez, Cruz and the cast of “Tosca” recreate their roles at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, April 10 and Saturday, April 12. For more information, go to FGO.org.


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