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Robert to everyone
08-01-2014
11:53 AM ET (US)
Hi everyone. Thanks so much for the warm welcome. You all already feel like family! I thank you all for the feedback and for the info regarding the Lanza events. To Martino, thank you for the correction...you're correct Lanza made 7 films; my favorite being Serenade, and I keep forgetting about The Student Prince, good catch!! Also, thank you for the clip of Ivan Kozlovsky, amazing!! You mentioned Bonisolli as well, another one of my favs!

Congrats on your home theatre. I saw a demo for a home theatre system at Best Buy using Avatar and it looked amazing! I also like Gravity and Hugo. How about an opera…? Carmen in 3-D, that Covent Garden did in 2011, I have seen segments of it and liked it, as they use the same 3-D technology they use for the big blockbusters.
Thanks again everybody for all your comments and I look forward to chatting with you all.
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Bill Ronayne
08-01-2014
11:25 AM ET (US)
Sorry for the typos in the message below. It wouldn't let me go back in and edit it. Best, Bill
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Ed
08-01-2014
11:22 AM ET (US)
Robert-let me be one more person to welcome you to our forum,you'll get no disagreement from anyone here just how great Mario Lanza was. I read your blog and agree with my friend Martino you will fit right in. Look forward to seeing more of you. Best.
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Bill Ronayne
08-01-2014
11:10 AM ET (US)
Hi Robert and welcome to the forum. As has been posted the Mario Lanza Institute has the annual Mario Lanza Ball Weekend which this year is November 8th and 9th in Philadelphia. We had to move it this year to the second weekend in November due to a number of large conventions in Philly. We have an informal tribute dinner with live entertainment and raffles at an Italian restaurant on Saturday the 8th, the Lanza Museum has a coffee and cake reception on Sunday the 9th after the Mass at St. Mary Magdelen De Pazzi roughly at 11am and the Ball is at the DoubleTree Hotel beginning at 5pm with a cocktail hour and also includes the finals of the scholarship auditions, 2 video presentations on an 8' screen, and auction and raffle and dinner and dancing to the Tony Dee Orchestra. Elaine Malbin is our MC. We will be updating our site shortly with more details so visit www.mariolanzainstitute.org to learn more.

The Mario Lanza Society of NY has quarterly events at Patsy's Restaurant in NYC and the next one is on September 6th from 1pm-4pm. Tenor Vincent Ricciardi will be performing along with David Schaefer at the keyboard. Elaine Malbin wil be among the guests and we'll have a name the tenor contest and of course Mario's recordings will be played throughout the afternoon. Ther will also be a raffle and Vincent's new CD will be avaiable for purchses as well. There's a 3 course lunch with a cash bar and admission is $65 for club members and $75 for nonmembers.

Please email me for an invitation to either or both events at wjronayne@optonline.net. The Ball Weekend invitations will be mailed out after Labor Day and PDF downloads will be available on our site roughly the same time if not sooner.

Best, Bill
Edited 08-01-2014 11:11 AM
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Suzanne
08-01-2014
10:51 AM ET (US)
Youtube's Un Amore Cosi Grande had much interesting footage to accompany it. Mario might have made it more memorable, as we've said so often 'even the alphabet' sung by Mario would have been great.
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matt minzer
08-01-2014
09:09 AM ET (US)
OPERA LOVERS OF THE OWRLD:
BULLETIN-THERE IS A ONE TIME-72 HOUR EXTENSION TO LABOR TALKS AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA. THE MAIN UNIONS-CHORUS, STAGEHANDS AND ORCHESTRA ALL HAVE TO AGREE TO A WAGE SETTLEMENT BY SUNDAY MIDNIGHT OR THERE POSSIBLY WON'T BE AN OPERA SEASON.

BEST,

MATT MINZER IN GREAT NECK NEW YORK. (HEADED FOR PHILADELPHIA ON SUNDAY AND A VISIT TO THE MARIO LANZA MUSEUM ON MONDAY MORNING.)
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Martino to Fred
08-01-2014
07:38 AM ET (US)
Yes, Verdi never wanted a high note at the end of this aria. Here is a link that will show the music as Verdi wrote it (page 39). On page 40 is the version most often used by singers:
http://yeslb.wikispaces.com/file/view/La+donna+emobile.pdf

Kozlovsky was a real piece of work! He always loved to sing high notes and threw them in whenever he could. Check out the ending on this one at the link below. He must have sung the ending using four octaves!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GtvWIl088E
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Fred Day
08-01-2014
06:56 AM ET (US)
Martino & Robert: Verdi wrote La Donna e Mobile in the key of B, not C. He didn't write the cadenza nor a high B at the end of the aria. That came later, and has become traditional. In the Ivan Kozlovsky recording, Ivan interpolates a sustained high C-sharp into the cadenza. Most interesting, and well done. Schmidt and Lauri-Volpi used to interpolate that C-sharp also, but not sustained. They only "pinged" it into the cadenza. Ciao.
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Jim Thompson
08-01-2014
06:52 AM ET (US)
Thanks Fred for info on "Un Amore Cosi Grande". I found my Pavarotti recording of the song. I wanted to add to my post about the Bocelli CD. I had not realized that there is a DVD with the CD and it is wonderful. Andrea gives high praise to Mario in words and with the "Celesta Aida" clip from TMK on getting him started in singing. The DVD is filled with other great clips on Italy, Sicily and even the town of Erice in Sicily where I heard street singing for the first time! And the personalities about which will bring happy memories to all who watch. All in all: Fantastico!
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Fred Day
08-01-2014
06:18 AM ET (US)
Robert: The Mario Lanza Institute in Philadelphia hosts the annual Mario Lanza Ball on the first weekend of November, every year. Bill Ronayne will give you further info for this year. Ciao.
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Wendy Stilwell - UK
08-01-2014
02:26 AM ET (US)
Robert - Bill Ronayne runs The Mario Lanza Society of New York with regular events throughout the year. He posts on this site so will be sure to see your message. Also, if you ever manage to get to Gt Britain, we (The British Mario Lanza Society - www.bmls.co.uk) have our yearly weekend Get-together held in Stratford Upon Avon. This year is runs from the 3/4/5 October. Ellisa Lanza Bregman is our Hon President and often attends our GTG's with her husband Bobby. We do have another GTG in April that is just one day, a bit far for you to come for that!
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Martino to Robert
07-31-2014
09:53 PM ET (US)
Welcome to the Mario Lanza forum. I hope you find this an interesting place to talk about not only Lanza, but other great singers, opera, film and all of the fine arts you touch upon at your blog. Everything you said about Carlo Bergonzi (and Vittorio Grigolo) is spot on. We have discussed these two tenors in the past here, as we have virtually all of the greats, past and present. From reading your blog I think you will feel right at home at the Rense forum.

I don't want to welcome you with a correction so soon but your blog mentions Lanza made six films - he actually made seven in which he appeared and starred and one additional movie where only his voice was used. Also, that high C you talk about in the La Donna e mobile that Grigolo sang is not a high C as written (although he may have sung it that way in the movie, I just don't remember). In fact, it was never intended by Verdi to be a high note of any kind. He wrote it as a middle B and wanted it to simply fade away. Even though the singers are all aware of what Verdi wanted, nearly all of them take it up an octave and do so with the blessing of conductors because the aria is much better that way. I think Franco Bonisolli gave it a high C routinely but then again, he was Bonisolli after all!

I enjoyed reading your thoughts and impressions very much and hope to do so here on a regular basis. (ps-I know you are heavy into films and I am reworking my home theater with all new equipment to include 3D. What are some good 3D Blu Rays movies to showcase the system at its best?).

I should edit this because I just remembered another singer who did use a high C at the end of the aria. Forget the language and just listen to what he does with the notes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu10IlhAscw
Edited 07-31-2014 10:27 PM
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Diane Cox
07-31-2014
09:18 PM ET (US)
Welcome, Robert.
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Robert
07-31-2014
09:03 PM ET (US)
Hi all, my name is Robert and I'm new here. Have been a Mario Lanza fan since I first heard my mom's records of him when I was 12 and it was him who turned me on to opera ever since. I develop and teach classical music and opera courses and also have a blog on classical music, opera, and film (of all kinds). Its so good to find and talk to fellow Lanza fans about the man who I consider the greatest tenor of all time. I do like many other as well. Feel free to read my post on the passing of Carlo Bergonzi at
http://www.bravissimatravels.wordpress.com. Question, are there any annual Mario Lanza events that happen anywhere?? Thanks all.
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Fred Day
07-31-2014
03:21 PM ET (US)
Dan: Yes, I will make you the recording of Giuletta e Romeo, by Zandonai. I will try to do it soon. I don't recall what else you wanted. If you think of any other opera you are seeking, let me know, via email. Ciao.
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Fred Day
07-31-2014
03:16 PM ET (US)
Jim: Yes, Un Amore Cosi Grande is a wonderful song. Pavarotti recorded it with Henry Mancini conducting. However, my favorite recording of that song is by Del Monaco, on his final commercial recording of songs, in 1975, at age 60. Superb. Besides Bocelli, it was also recorded by the 3 Italian boys, Il Volo. Pity that Lanza died many years before the song was written. Ciao.
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