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At a recent art festival on South Main Street, a singer waded into a crowd of people shopping for paintings and sculptures. With a nod from her boss, the soprano began singing an Italian aria.
Heads turned. People stopped to listen. As rock bands played at either end of the festival, the opera singer’s voice rose above the general hubbub without the aid of a microphone or even a soapbox.
In a city known for its collection of noise — from ever-present train horns to rap songs thumping from passing cars — opera music is the last thing anyone might expect to hear outdoors on a typical Sunday afternoon.