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The Central Park Five as opera: The Long Beach take on the tragic story

Derrell Acon, the bass-baritone who plays McCray, noticed peers expressing on social media that the Netflix series was too difficult and painful to watch. Opera, however, creates a sense of community, he said. “The difficulties of the emotion, I think people are far more readily able to handle when they have an entire audience and the artists onstage behind them,” Acon said.