CBS New York

Many performers dream of making it to the Metropolitan Opera. But some kids are one step closer to that dream thanks to the “Yankee Diva.”

Metropolitan Opera star Joyce DiDonato has done it all. She’s won a Grammy, performed all over the world and sang the National Anthem at Game 7 of the World Series.

She’s known as America’s “Yankee Diva” for being so down to earth and loves volunteering to help the next generation of singers. This time, it’s high school students at a performing arts school on the Upper East Side.

“It inspires me when somebody else has made it and wants future little hers to make it as well,” 17-year-old Earnie Grant said.

DiDonato said this generation needs extra encouragement when it comes to the arts.

“They’re in a world full of video games and fast speed, nothing of depth,” she told CBS2’s Cindy Hsu. “We need their voices, we need their point-of-view, we need their creativity.”

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