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By Jeremy Goldmeier Abilene Reporter-News

Addressing a crowd of McMurry University students and music lovers Wednesday, Lawrence Harris gave a pep talk worthy of an NFL locker room at halftime.

He and his collaborators in the upcoming Abilene Opera Association production of “Tosca” were participating in a lunchtime discussion and Q&A session at McMurry, describing their lives and careers in the world of opera. Some of his castmates had thrown out cautionary notes to McMurry music students on pursuing an opera career, noting that it wasn’t for the halfway-committed or the thin-skinned.

Harris, a hulking baritone who looked a bit squeezed into his suit and tie, offered a blunt rebuttal.

“If you love something enough, and feel that you can contribute to your home, your family or society, that you can make the world a better place, then by all means go for it,” Harris said. “Everyone has to make sacrifices, but I say suck it up and do it.”

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