Opera Man is still ser­e­nad­ing the streets

Vancouver Magazine - - Cover Story -

Re­ports of a beau­ti­ful tenor have been com­mon among the west-side set for 35-plus years. On any given day, Opera Man— a.k.a. Francesco Pepita, land­lord, poet, south­ern Ital­ian, hero to us all—can be found on the mean streets, belt­ing out Ital­ian arias as he goes about his life. Iden­ti­fy­ing Opera Man: Is he wear­ing a base­ball cap over a shock of white hair? Is he loudly and un­abashedly singing opera? Nat­u­ral habi­tat: Sight­ings have been re­ported in South Granville, Fairview and Kits, but he once per­formed on the bus (re­ceiv­ing a stand­ing ova­tion), so re­ally, he can be found any­where. Should you en­counter a wild Opera Man: Close your eyes and savour the mu­sic. Do not at­tempt to chal­lenge him to a sing-o .

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