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Opera Singers React to Orlando Attack on Twitter



On the morning of Sunday, June 12, 2016, a man identified as Omar Mateen opened fire on civilians at a Pulse, a Florida nightclub that describes itself as “the hottest gay bar in Orlando.” With 49 dead and dozens more wounded, the attack is one of the most deadly in recent American history. While many musicians reacted to the tragic events on social media, opera singers, who are particularly vocal, were quick to take to Twitter to share their feelings.

Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong reacted to the news of the Orlando attacks adding a rainbow filter to her Twitter account picture, retweeting messages from others, and sending out many tweets herself, including a link to a petition to ban assault weapons.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato asked her Twitter followers to take action against gun violence by writing to their representatives in Congress.

Soprano Laura Claycomb joined the mezzos in sharing an online petition, in addition to many other tweets on the topic.

Baritone Thomas Hampson retweeted a photo of a blacked-out Empire State building from ABC News, as well as a tweet from actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Soprano Tamara Wilson, who recently won the 2016 Richard Tucker Award, sent out several tweets, including some directed at the NRA.

Soprano Christine Goerke retweeted a message from Josh Butler, Acting Politics Editor of Huffington Post, Australia.

Tenor Nicholas Phan shared Obama’s address to the nation.

Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni retweeted messages from his colleagues, countertenor David Daniels and conductor James Conlon.

Countertenor David Daniels was glad to have art as a way to heal on a day of mourning.

Soprano Christine Brewer retweeted this .gif of Lin Manuel Miranda during his Tony Award acceptance speech, in addition to retweeting other news sources.

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