March 25, 2008 / 8:02 PM / 11 years ago

Tenor Florez says Peru president knows his opera

LIMA (Reuters Life!) - Opera star Juan Diego Florez called Peru’s President Alan Garcia a true opera buff on Tuesday after a chat at his palace, and said getting married in Lima will be a dream come true.

Florez, a tenor widely considered as the natural successor to Luciano Pavarotti, will marry Julia Trappe of Germany in his hometown of Lima on April 5 at the city’s cathedral, which will open its doors for a wedding for the first time in 60 years.

“The president is a fanatic for classical music and opera,” Florez, 35, said on the steps of the presidential palace.

Garcia has been invited to the wedding along with singer Bryan Adams, who will also perform in Lima the day after the wedding. But opera great Placido Domingo won’t be there.

“Placido Domingo cannot make it, unfortunately. Opera singers have very full schedules,” Florez said.

Florez, who works mainly in Europe and the United States, will perform “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi in Lima in the days leading up to his wedding.

“Getting married in Lima has always been a dream, something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said of Peru’s capital, a historically rich city where ruins from ancient indigenous civilizations dot the landscape.

Last week, Florez put on a chef’s uniform and cooked up a dish of “Shrimp a la Pavarotti” to pay homage to the opera singer, who died last year.

Reporting by Marco Aquino, writing by Terry Wade, Editing by Patricia Reaney

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