With Opera Houses Closed, Soprano Sings for Her Alpacas

By Keegan Morris |

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An audience is an audience, no matter who (or what species) is in it. Case in point: Erin G. McCarthy recently gave a quick recital in her barn to an audience of three alpacas. Throughout the Portland area-based soprano and vocal instructor’s performance of “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca, alpacas Donatello, Grandma, and Ginger mill about mellowly. But after the final notes of the aria, they hum in sync. Perhaps it’s their version of applause! Does anyone speak alpaca?

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