"The Secret Marriage": Cuban Miami in the 1980s

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Venue:Coral Gables Congregational Church of Christ, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables

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The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and the Cuban Research Institute have partnered with the Florida Grand Opera to create a unique cultural program on Cuban Miami. Our program is inspired by Florida Grand Opera's inventive reimagining of Domenico Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage, 1792), an Italian comedic opera reset in a Cuban household in Miami during the 1980s. The Secret Marriage will feature the glorious voices of Florida Grand Opera Studio Artists singing passages from the opera in Spanish. The event will also feature two Cuban-American writers and a scholar discussing the historical context of the Cuban-American community. Invited speakers include novelist and short story writer Ana Menéndez, actress and playwright Carmen Peláez, and historian Michael J. Bustamante. A reception will follow the presentation.

Florida Grand Opera has commissioned a new Spanish translation and created a new production of one of the most successful comic operas from the late 18th century, now updated and relocated to South Florida with a Cuban family running Hotel Paraiso on Miami Beach. The translated production features the six characters getting into awkward cultural situations, caught in compromising positions, and drinking Cuba Libres (Rum and Coke).

The Secret Marriage explores how cultures and traditions bend and reshape when confronted by the realities of migration and the inevitable shock and initial mistrust that ensue when people find themselves living in a new land. A father attempts to marry off his daughter with dramatic results and surprising complications in one of the most successful comic operas from the late eighteenth century. Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto is the perfect opera for anyone who loves the music of Rossini (The Barber of Seville) and the comedy of Mozart (The Marriage of Figaro). Discover this charming score and become part of the drama when a family secret is uncovered and changes everything.

The Florida Grand Opera will host three live performances of The Secret Marriage on November 12, 13, and 15, 2022 at the Adriennne Arscht Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, click here.