Pop­u­lar fa­vorite aims for new fans

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Cover Story - By Christo­pher Blank

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.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF OPERA MEM­PHIS

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