The mother being a Farrar fan and naming her daughter thereby sounds genuine and touching.
But it's amazing how many queries there have been on OPERA-L over the years that involve a wildly inflationary memory. Someone will ask "My neighbor's great-aunt used to be a major singer at the Met; can anybody look her up in the Annals and tell me more to tell my friend? She used the name XX YY." And nobody will find the name, and the original poster will ask other members of the family, and it will turn out that the grant-aunt sang leads with a small company in the NY area, or was in the chorus at the Met, or sang solos in church and at town meetings. But after a couple of generations it always turns into "a star at the Met."
I'll have to think up a topic for a new Paul discussion thread.