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Local Opera Singer Stages Porch Concerts in North Park

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Social distancing has not stopped one woman’s voice from touching the lives of others. That was the case for one North Park neighborhood in for a treat Sunday.

It was the second Sunday in a row local opera singer Victoria Robertson has shared the gift of song with her community. She said her usual singing gigs have stopped, but she still has the ability to uplift people -- right from her front porch.

“Live music is so important to people. Artists have lost their performance contracts, but that does not mean that someone with a gift should not use it to lift people up and enhance their lives just a little," Robertson said.

On Easter Sunday at noon, she sang several hymns to help neighbors celebrate. Churches across San Diego also held online Easter services due to the stay-at-home order.

Robertson received such a positive response that she decided to do it again.

"I was quite overcome looking down on my neighbors spread out all the way down the block with their masks on. It was one of the most moving performance experiences I have ever had," she said.

She said she plans on singing every Sunday at noon until the quarantine orders are lifted.

It’s a win-win for Robertson who said it also helps her get in some regular practice and keep her vocal cords up to par.

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