|White Eagle, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, was determined at any early age that he wanted to become an opera singer. At the age five, this minister's son gave his first public performance in his father's church. In 1971, he made his professional debut as a soloist at one of the nation's largest churches and two years later began working with the vocal group Re-Generation. Over the next eight years White Eagle performed more than 4,000 concerts to some five million people in the U. S. and Canada.
In 1985 White Eagle graduated from the Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera. Afterwards there were appearances at some of the country's premier opera houses including the Florentine and Cleveland Operas. He became the first Native American to sing leading roles in both opera and American musical theater. In January 1989, White Eagle sang at the inaugural gala for newly elected President George Bush. White Eagle made his debut at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall in September 1993, one month after being diagnosed with AIDS. White Eagle died two years later on July 7, 1995, at age 43 at his home with his family in Mission, SD. <p>
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