Stranger stuns performer during recording of national anthem: 'Unity not division'
A Portland State University graduate who was preparing to pre-record her Star-Spangled Banner for her virtual start was accompanied by an opera singer in a spontaneous duet that has won hearts across the country.
Madisen Hallberg, a graduate of the PSU College of the Arts, worked with the university's video team, who was recording speeches and performances to celebrate the 2020 senior year when the random moment occurred.
While the team was recording Hallberg's rendition of the national anthem on an outdoor stage, Emmanuel "Onry" Henreid, a professionally trained singer performing at the Portland Opera, became aware and asked if he could participate.
The two then performed a breathtaking, spontaneous duet that has been seen by thousands since then.
Facebook users flocked to the comments section to praise the beautiful performance.
"This is what our nation is about ... unity instead of division," wrote one.
"No word is brilliant enough," said another.
In a comment on PSU's now viral Facebook post, Henreid shared a unified message for class 2020.
"Sometimes the most spontaneous, intuitive and creative moments produce the most effective and lasting memories," he wrote. “As shown in the video, the world around us is constantly changing. On your personal journey, remember to take risks, find your voice, and work together. We are stronger when we face this beautiful but discouraging world together. "
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