MUSIC: One Wrong Note

Lots of folks around Irvington, N.Y. know John the gardener, a chunky, happy-looking, apple-cheeked man of 42. Some who don't know John by sight know him by sound. Many a time during the six months he has lived and worked there, strollers have been startled to hear his rich tenor voice ring out from behind a hedge, have slowed their pace to hear an operatic aria rising above the snip-snip of his clippers. But few of the townspeople of Irvington (pop. 3,272) know that only eight years ago "John" was the first tenor of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, and a "Merited...

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