In 2010, a blond-haired girl with a sweet smile stood before the "America's Got Talent" studio audience and millions of TV viewers. The 10-year-old proceeded to sing about asking her daddy to grant her request.
So far, so normal.
But if the words had an appropriately childlike nature, the music was anything but juvenile — it was the aria "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi," ordinarily sung by sopranos who have at the very least reached their late teens, and who have gone through years of operatic training.
Jackie Evancho, who makes her local debut Saturday in a concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, took...