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"Stick To Singing:" A Primer on Civility

Quite different from when I originally joined the online world in the mid-2000's, opera and classical music now enjoys some share of prominence on social media. Singers have adopted the platforms available to all of us to build their fan bases online, opera companies and orchestras have followed suit, and, of course, the record labels and representatives are not to be excluded. Opera and classical music is alive and well on the Internet, and those of us who enjoy them are perhaps more connected amongst ourselves and to those aforementioned entities now than we have ever been. Indeed, for those who have known me for a long while, this is cause to rejoice.

     Singers tend to be especially active on social media. Over the years I have had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with many world class and regional professional singers through the likes of Twitter and Instagram. One of those singers is mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. Recently, she Tweeted an article from the New York T…

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