Sheila Sorge still remembers that day when she first noticed that her granddaughter loved to sing. It was Christmas Eve, and Emily Peragine was only three years old. The congregation at her church began singing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and young Emily began singing along.
“She didn’t know any of the words, she couldn’t read, but she could just sing,” recalls Sorge. “People kept turning around looking at this little thing standing on the pew. You could tell she had an ear and loved it.”
Nowadays, people rarely have to turn around to hear Emily sing. The senior at Hellgate High School has become a regular fixture on stages around town, filling auditoriums with the bright vibrato of her arrestingly powerful voice. Trained as a coloratura soprano – a highly ornamented style of classical singing — she has set her sights on a career that few people from this region of the country even realize is viable in the modern world: Peragine aims to become an opera singer. [Read More...]