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Ned Rorem
With a song in his heart
With a song in his heart

NEW YORK -- Every opera lover knows that Thomas Hampson, the American baritone, can sing his heart out. But it's also true that he can talk your ear off. For as long as many music lovers remember, Hampson has been a prime attraction at the world's great opera houses and concert halls, singing a wide variety of material, including Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Mahler and Ferruccio Busoni. Even Stephen Foster falls within his ken. But though always billed as an American singer, Hampson was long based in Europe. That changed last year with his leasing of an apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The continental shift has seemingly brought a change in priorities too....

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