All eyes in my little corner of Mahlerwelt are on Hampson these
days: he is singing Das Lied von der Erde with Colorado MahlerFest
next January. Think of it: a world-class baritone singing with a
very talented, dedicated, but still nonprofessional orchestra that
gets together for barely two weeks a year. He agreed to do this
after MahlerFest won the International Gustav Mahler Society's gold
medal for service in the Mahlerian cause, the only American outfit
ever to be so honored.