He sounds good too. Widely regarded as one of the great operatic talents of his generation ("He is indecently gifted," says the Los Angeles Times), the 37-year-old divorced father of a daughter has a repertoire that ranges from Don Giovanni to Kiss Me Kate. Raised in Spokane, Wash., he has settled in music-rich Vienna, where he resides with fiancée Countess Andrea Heber-stein and her three children. "We live as if we are married," he says, "and I assume we will be one day."
If, that is, there's time for a wedding between performing and recording (his album of Stephen Foster songs is a top seller): Last year, Hampson spent just 30 days in Vienna. He says he's sustained by yoga, a vegetarian diet and vitamins. But the secret of the sound-and-sight spectacle that Hampson turns into onstage is beyond beta-carotene. "I am young," he says. "It is an exciting life, and I am passionately interested in what I am doing."