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Opera Invasion: ‘So You Think You’re Louder Than an Opera Singer?’

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Ellen Gray, 13, left, and Chelsea Bolter, center, a Chautauqua Opera Company Young Artist, compete in “So You Think You Are Louder Than an Opera Singer?” at Sharpe Field on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Gray was one of the winners of the contest. CAM BUKER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

While the sun beat down Wednesday on Sharpe Field, the competition was even hotter. Clubbers from Boys’ and Girls’ Club sang their hearts (and lungs) out to answer the challenge “So You Think You’re Louder Than an Opera Singer?”

The event was part of the Chautauqua Opera Company’s Opera Invasion program, aimed at bringing opera off the stage and into unique settings around the grounds.

Fourteen-year-old Aiden Rice, a semi-finalist last year, made it all the way to the finals this year.

“It’s entertaining because most of the time I have to be very quiet and I’m not allowed to scream,” he said. “Sometimes it’s good to just let it all out.”

Chautauqua Opera Company Young Artist Alaysha Fox works with Megan Breitenbach, 8, during the “So You Think You Are Louder Than an Opera Singer” competition at Sharpe Field on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. CAM BUKER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Justin Cokerdem DePriest, 10, belts out an opera tune at Sharpe Field on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. DePriest participated in “So You Think You Are Louder Than an Opera Singer?” DePriest was one of the winners of the contest. CAM BUKER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

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The author Nathan Healy

Nathan Healy is a second-year graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is pursuing his M.A. in professional writing. Following his undergraduate studies, he spent eight-plus years teaching at an all-boys private school for court-adjudicated youth. In addition to writing and reading, Nathan enjoys traveling, eating at new restaurants, spending time with his niece and nephews, and being physically active.

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