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Old 08-21-2011, 12:01 PM
Location: NE Mississippi
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Worried that you can't make it from a small rural town in Mississippi to Big Time? Opera singer Daland Jones knows differently. Read on:

RIPLEY – Talent, training and a broad base of support have brought opera singer and recitalist Daland Jones a long way on his path to becoming a professional performer.

The 25-year-old Ripley native enters his final year in the master’s degree program in vocal performance at the Manhattan Conservatory of Music in September.

With the excitement of preparing to launch his professional career, however, come some anxieties.

“There’s a lot of pressure, and I find out a lot about myself with the music, whether it’s something biblical or from the poetry,” Jones said. “The competition is stiff and (the professors) let you know this is no joke.”

For example, every day begins with three-and-a-half hours of opera rehearsals with no breaks.

He was fortunate to be one of about 30 students selected for the opera class of about 150 who auditioned last fall before the start of school.[LEFT]
Read more: NEMS360.com - Ripley opera singer summers at home this year
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