A College Senior and An Opera Singer’s Unexpected Duet Steals Our Hearts

Campuses have been largely silent these days but last month on the campus of Portland State University, two gorgeous voices blended beautifully to puncture that silence. 

Madisen Hallberg is a college senior and a gifted singer. She was asked to sing the national anthem for her school’s virtual graduation. As Madisen was warming up, the camera crew began to film. Serendipitously, Emmanuel “Onry” Henreid who lives in the area happened to be wandering through the park in an effort to get some fresh air. When he heard Madisen’s singing, he decided to be “brave” and ask the crew if he could join in. 

Portland State senior is joined in song by another singer

In an absolutely breath-taking moment the two sang in gorgeous harmony. 


It turns out that Onry is a professional opera singer and has performed the world over. The two are so glad they were able to share this experience.

Madisen told ABC News that what happened between the two was,

“symbolic for what we need to do as a people and as  community is to not try to out sing the person next to you but blend with them, harmonize with them.  

For his part Onry said,

It was a beautiful moment that we shared and in that moment I realized it is essential for us to raise our voices in empowerment and in love with one another.

We could not agree more.

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About Helene Wingens

Helene Wingens has always been passionate about painting pictures with words. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in psychology and three years later from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. In a year long clerkship for an appellate judge Helene honed her writing skills by drafting weekly appellate memoranda. She practiced law until she practically perfected it and after taking a brief twenty year hiatus to raise her three children she began writing a personal blog Her essays have been published in: Scary Mommy, Kveller, The Forward, and Grown and Flown where she is Managing Editor. You can visit Helene's website here

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