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Met Opera Singer Shines Again after Stroke

Above: Bass Eric Jordan sings "In diesen Heiligen Hallen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute. Musicians have been called the elite athletes of the small muscles. Their jobs depend on being able to execute often infinitesimally small movements with often strange parts of the body - the feet for organists and pianists, the tongue for singers and players of wind instruments - with astonishing precision. So, if you're a musician and you have a stroke, your life might go on, but your career very well might not. Bass Eric Jordan, 42, faced this musicians' nightmare when, in September 2012, he suffered a stroke. In one sense, he was one of the lucky ones - he survived - but the stroke rendered him unable to speak. And he wondered about the future of his singing career, which had taken him around the world and to the stage of New York's venerable Metropolitan Opera. Jordan endured months of therapy. Along the way he discovered that singing, which uses different parts of the brain than those used for speaking, was just what the doctor ordered - and the ticket back to his dream job. View this ABC News report about Jordan's inspiring journey: Opera Singer Overcomes Stroke That at First Left Him Speechless (ABC News)