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MATT MINZER
07-04-2015
07:57 AM ET (US)
DAN:

THE RUSSIAN OPERA BEING "IOLANTA" BY TCHAIKOVSKY FEATURING ANNA NETREBKO.

BEST,
MATT
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David Weaver
07-03-2015
11:09 PM ET (US)
Joe, maybe he DID like the recording. The fact that many people consider it his worse recording doesn't necessarily mean he did. This interview was less than two months after he recorded the album, which took place May 14, 15, and 17.

Note his last comment: "The voice is better than ever, and I want people to hear it." Most fans do not think he was better than ever on the Broadway album.

On the other hand, less than a month after the interview, on August 10, he did his first recordings with Henri Rene - four Christmas carols and the single "Earthbound" and "This Land." A few weeks later they recorded the CAVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES album. The difference in his voice and singing on those recordings compared to the Broadway album is remarkable.
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Joe
07-03-2015
05:59 PM ET (US)
Thanks David! I had never read that article before (and I am still a little befuddled that Mario consented to the release of LOB). Of course, he had to pretty much say he expected it to do well and I guess the sales WERE good-so in a sense, he was correct. But, I have to believe in his heart-of-hearts he knew it was below his "standard"
Edited 07-03-2015 06:01 PM
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Suzanne
07-03-2015
05:49 PM ET (US)
Watching Vince DiPlacido's wonderful contributions to Youtube.The film clips are great to watch over and over, and Mario's voice-well! I'll always be grateful to Vince for lending these to us.Happy Fourth of July, everyone!
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MATT MINZER
07-03-2015
05:27 PM ET (US)
DAN:

I AM HAPPY THAT YOU ENJOYED THE EXTENSIVE ANNA NETRBKO DVD THAT I MAILED YOU OF THE PAST TEN YEARS OF HER ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER AND GROWTH AS A FINE AND BEAUTIFUL ARTIST.

THE RUSSIAN OPERA HAS A COPY GUARD ATTACHED AND I CAN'T SEND IT TO YOU.

BEST,

MATT MINZER

HOW ABOUT A RECENT PERFORMANCE OF "RIGOLETTO" OR "TURANDOT." ONCE AGAIN, PLEASE SEND ME YOUR SUMMER ADDRESS AT MMINZER@AOL.COM. WE ARE DRIVING TO NEW YORK ON WEDNESDAY FOR TWO MONTHS.

BEST,

MATT MINZER
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Ed
07-03-2015
04:41 PM ET (US)
David, excellent interview and thanks for giving the opportunity to read up. I was just 8 when that interview was given. I have been a champion for Mario since 1963 and stand in his corner all the time. As for LOB it may not be my favorite but it is what it is. I am glad to have it and enjoy the songs. It is strange though when Cavalcade is so great. IMHO, more recitals would have great, leaving America a bad move. Happy Fourth!
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David Weaver
07-03-2015
03:02 PM ET (US)
Joe, below is a link to an interview Lanza gave in the summer of 1956 to UPI reporter Vernon Scott. As far as I know, it's the only reference he made to the Broadway album and his assessment of it was: "It should do well."

Note too that Lanza tells Scott he is not sure which direction to take in his career at that point - television or movies. While he speaks of doing a series of opera on screen, there is no mention of returning to the operatic stage - or the concert stage for that matter.

Here's the link:

http://www.newspapers.com/clip/77752/lanza_1956_interview/
Edited 07-03-2015 03:02 PM
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Joe to David Weaver
07-03-2015
02:13 PM ET (US)
As you have pointed out, the awful Lanza on Broadway Album was released while Mario was alive--so he must have consented. Does anyone know a reason for this illogical move by Mario because he certainty would have recognized its many flaws. Was it financial, perhaps, maybe an emotional crisis? It's simply so inconsistent with Mario's knowledge of what was good. I've never heard a good explanation of his motivation.
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Suzanne
07-02-2015
01:09 PM ET (US)
Ed, my thoughts are with you.
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Ed
07-01-2015
03:42 PM ET (US)
Mom was laid to rest on Monday, the service had more people than I could count which was a testament to who she was and what she meant to those who knew her no matter how long. I must admit it was moving to many, myself I will let you imagine how I was. The choir sang Ave Maria and all the time Mario's recording was stuck in my head.
Again, let me thank you all for thinking of my family and me at a very hard time. Ed
Edited 07-01-2015 03:43 PM
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Thelma F. Prince
06-30-2015
10:34 PM ET (US)
Thank you both for your concern about my health. I am feeling some better. I look on the computer everyday when I feel like it.
I am glad Elvis finally got on a stamp.

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Kristine
06-30-2015
05:55 PM ET (US)
Thelma, I hope you feel better. Elvis Presley will be on a stamp, again, in August. He was on a stamp in 1992. Ingrid Bergman will be on a stamp in August. It's a joint venture between U.S. Post Office and Sweden. Paul Newman will be on a stamp in September. Good choices. Long overdue for a Mario Lanza stamp.
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Suzanne
06-30-2015
09:25 AM ET (US)
Hi Thelma. Good to see your post. Thinking about what you've posted in the past. Would you remind us of your history with Mario? Seems I recall that you saw him in person or attended the premiere of one of his films. Like to hear about it again. Sorry your health isn't as good as it might be. Miss you here.But isn't it good that new names keep cropping up, remembering Mario?
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Gail Swartz
06-30-2015
08:51 AM ET (US)
Very enlightening posts...thanks to all of you that possess information about Mario. Watching FT FT right now...he did sing his guts out for us! He made all of his characters on the big screen believable and warm. Hard to realize that he has been gone from us low these 55 years. He will live forever if we keep hi s legacy alive. A voice like his....wow!
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David Weaver
06-29-2015
04:14 PM ET (US)
And Dennis, what's important to remember is this - these releases were made when Mario Lanza was ALIVE. So he had to have been involved in, known about, or approved what was released. Certain folks like to make it seem as though RCA was pulling the wool over his eyes and that he was caught unaware when a new album of show tunes or love songs came out.

As if he was lounging at home in 1956 and a box arrives with copies of a new LP. He opens it and fumes, "LANZA ON BROADWAY? Where the hell did THIS come from? Who told RCA they could put my name out on garbage like this? Dammit, I'm an OPERA SINGER! Boy, if I can get my hands on that Manny Sacks, I'll beat the crap out of him!"
Edited 06-29-2015 04:15 PM
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Ray Reeves
06-29-2015
01:05 PM ET (US)
Hi David - thanks.
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