Leah Manning, of Austria -- a professional opera singer -- made a trip to Metropolis to visit her grandmother, Marjorie Peitzmeier, who has been experiencing health issues. Peitzmeier wanted to hear her granddaughter sing, so Manning made the trip from Austria to Metropolis, where she sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow for Peitzmeier on Aug. 9. Manning is the daughter of Julia Peitzmeier Rader, of Virginia, who graduated Massac County High School in 1986.
Manning has been busy singing in a variety of operas. According to Manning, in school she always sang in choir and participated in musicals during high school. Later at age 21, she took private singing lessons and has participated in training programs in the U.S. and in Germany.
It was during college she sang her first opera.
She lived and worked in the Washington, D.C., area before deciding to move to Europe.