A Different Kind Of Diva

GREG WILLIAMS for TIME

OPERA STAR: Angelika Kirchschlager is winning raves for her singing — and acting — in Sophie's Choice

Angelika Kirchschlager is not your usual opera star. An unruly mop of ringlets frames her impish features. Her soft voice breaks into a surprisingly boisterous laugh. She radiates an easy warmth, sports a leather jacket, chews gum and likes her cigarettes and wine — though they don't seem to cloud the celestial clarity of her voice. If Kirchschlager is the anti-diva, that makes her the perfect choice to star in Sophie's Choice, the new opera based on William Styron's best-selling 1979 novel. Because Sophie's Choice, which opened earlier this month at the Royal Opera House in London, is not your usual...

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