Thomas Quasthoff

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Placido Domingo applauds Thomas Quasthoff with the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra in 2006. Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At 48, Thomas Quasthoff is already a legend. He's a superstar in the classical world — "filled Carnegie and probably could have done so twice" — and has already had a documentary made of his life, called The Dreamer. See, Quasthoff possesses not only a remarkable voice, but also a remarkable story. His mom was prescribed thalidomide while pregnant with him, and as a result, he's only about four feet tall. But oh, what a voice.

Thomas Quasthoff joins us today to share his story — please leave questions for him here, and check out this article by NPR's Tom Huizenga for more on the man whose "burnished, burgundy-colored voice... soars."



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I lived in Germany in the early 70's and I saw many of the thalidomide babies with thier little "flippers". I wondered what would happen to them. This is simply....astounding.

Sent by james fowler | 2:20 PM | 8-12-2008

Could you describe your artistic process? how do approach a song and a performance?

Sent by Jordan | 3:19 PM | 8-12-2008

Oh, such a beautiful voice. Can we now say that Quasthoff's marvelous gift gives us an argument against abortion?

Sent by Antonia Hall | 3:33 PM | 8-12-2008

i wonder when thomas discovered that ihis singing voice was to be his ultimate gift for expressing his joy for life and connecting with such large audiences in such a personal way?

Sent by cheryl maegly | 3:43 PM | 8-12-2008

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