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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."