Music: An Angel from Paradise

It was just like the story books. Before a concert in Carnegie Hall one night last week, almost nobody in Manhattan had ever heard of 13-year-old Soprano Anna Maria Alberghetti. When it was over, the audience stood up and cheered, famous singers stepped forward to congratulate her, and surprised music critics for the Manhattan press dashed off to write enthusiastic pieces for the morning papers.

On Carnegie's big stage, Anna Maria had gone through a program that might have taxed many an older, more experienced singer. She had sailed confidently and surely through the...

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