Born in Indiana, PA, and grew up in Rochester, New York. Both parents were voice teachers, her musical training came naturally. Studied at the Juilliard School and holds degrees from the State University of New York at Potsdam and the Eastman School of Music. Early recognition includes the 1988 Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, the Richard Tucker Award, the George London Prize, the Grand Prix at the International Singing Competition in Belgium, and a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany. Has a devoted international following whether on the operatic stage, in concert or recital, on television, radio or on disc. Won a 1999 Grammy Award for her recording, "The Beautiful Voice."