Watch: Bride hides as tenor proposes marriage

Watch: Bride hides as tenor proposes marriage


norman lebrecht

April 20, 2017

Holly Braithwaite is a soprano with Opera on Tap in Seattle.

She knows all there is to know about tenors. She’s seen them in the shower.

So when Robert McPherson starts formulating a proposal to her on stage, Holly crouches behind a seat and tries to imagine herself somewhere else.

Then she shrieks something profane.

This is not your ordinary proposal of marriage, promise.

Just watch.


  • Myrtar says:

    Good for them, wish them all the happiness.

  • Kathy says:

    You got every detail of this wrong except the following:

    1. That it was indeed a proposal;
    2. The names of the protagonists.

    May I suggest you do some actual work next time to find out how it really went? Do you work for Fox News or something?

  • Susan Eichhorn-Young says:

    Not a soprano. Not hiding. Only sees this tenor in the shower… He did propose though.

  • DivaoftheHighSeas says:

    Knowing the tenor in question allow us to correct your alternate facts. The bride to be is delighted, the expletive was perfectly in keeping with their dichotomy and no woman would hide from Rob! Congrats you two! ❤

    • Alexander Davidson says:

      “the expletive was perfectly in keeping with their dichotomy”

      I’d be genuinely grateful if you could explain the meaning of the word “dichotomy” in this context. I honestly do not understand the comment and would like to expand my understanding of the language. Does it mean that she speaks in expletives but he never does? This is not a snide comment disguised as a question. I am sure that it is my understanding of the language that is at fault. Perhaps it is a specifically American usage. My thanks for any explanation.

      • Byrwec Ellison says:

        Can’t speak to the “dichotomy,” but maybe I can help with American slang. STFU can be a rude way to say, “Be quiet!” But it can also express a surprised expression of disbelief as in, “OH MY GOD!!!” A softer variation of STFU is “Shut the front door!”

        • Alexander Davidson says:

          Interesting. Also interesting that somebody I take to be a native speaker of American English does not understand this use of dichotomy…!

  • Sarah M says:

    You GUYS!!!! <3 <3 <3 I've watched this a bunch of times, and it makes me so happy! You are both too adorable for words. I thought Holly was going to implode from excitement! Congrats, and I hope to see you soon! 😀 (Holly, my sympathies for being mistaken for a singer, especially a soprano. What's up with that?)

  • Holly Braithwaite says:

    It’s a shame the “writer” captured all of these facts but somehow missed the Bat Boy flyover, post-show alien abductions and the tawdry affairs with Prince Harry. Oh well, there’s always next time.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      The writer can only go by what he sees in the video, sent to him by your marketing people.

      • So let me get this straight says:

        Your lewd comment about her seeing tenors in the shower was sent to you by her marketing people? A+ on the professionalism scale.

        • norman lebrecht says:

          Has the entire city of Seattle undergone a sense of humour bypass?

          • Mikey says:

            It would seem sections of London’s populace still need to learn what exactly is meant by “humour”.

            When no one laughs, don’t blame the audience. Blame your material.

      • Ksenia says:

        I mean, Holly is technically the PR diva of the Seattle Opera on Tap chapter…

      • Kathy says:

        …so you’re utterly incapable of contacting the party who sent this to you to ask for details?

  • Ben says:

    Just to set things straight, since I was there and friends of Rob and Holly. Holly was not hiding (also not an opera singer), she was sitting there all night watching the show, supporting Rob and the other singers. She was caught by surprise and not wishing to be anywhere else. We don’t want to promote fake news and we don’t want to delete comments (especially when from the fiancee) when they are different from your “report.”

  • Robert McPherson says:

    I was hesitant to respond. In the grand scheme of life it isn’t that important. But since I have no press people, I guess I’m my own PR agent today.

    So first off, I appreciate you posting this. I had friends in Europe who are not on Facebook contact me with congrats. Like most opera singers, I have friends all around the globe. So I’m glad you helped me share this with them as well.

    Holly is not an opera singer. While I LOVE many sopranos, having a tenor in a relationship is difficult enough. But Holly is remarkable in her own right. She’s done everything from theater, dance, on air radio talent, to communications for Boeing. But I proposed because she has stood next to me during so many major moments in the last three years.

    After dating for three months (It was the old romantic story of boy see girl… And swipes right!) I left for 6 ½ months, she stood by me. When I lost my Grandmother, (Who raised me) she held me. When I made I Met debut, she was there. Every night I performed my show The Drunken Tenor at the Seattle Fringe Festival, she was in the house. (I’m sure she’ll be there when I bring it to Seattle’s Bumpershoot Festival.) And that night she was there supporting Opera on Tap – Seattle.

    In the video where she’s sitting may seem odd, but seating is limited at The Blue Moon. She made sure not to take seating away from paying customers, so she sat on the steps recording for us. I wanted to do something unique. There was never a doubt as to IF I would propose. So I wanted to surprise her with the HOW and WHEN! Of course being a tenor, I had to sing my proposal. (Try as I might, I can still be the tenor cliche) Now, it’s her reaction many focus on. That was an honest interjection and completely her. In the video, you can see even she can’t believe she blurted it out.

    So there it is straight from the horse’s mouth. (Does that make me a jackass?) I appreciate the many kind comments and well wishes from friends and colleagues alike. Here’s to the next part of the journey with Holly.