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Ed to Suzanne
03-05-2015
01:05 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, a few years back I was researching the issue of Caruso and the BH and Caruso at the library NYT back issues on film, seeing the news articles with Caruso's picture made it real. He wanted to pay anything but Petrosino warned him not to. A movie was made about this group it was called Pay or Die, it starred Ernie Borgnine. Yes,creeps target good hard working folks,I bet Mario was scared for his family,that has to be a difficult position to be in.
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Suzanne
03-05-2015
10:25 AM ET (US)
So great to hear the CD sold out. Waiting for the next one . Ed that creeping menace preyed on anyone successful, we know Mario was threatened by it, Jimmy Durante, Al Martino, I suppose everyone in show business, we all know the terrible stories. Sinatra went along with it, others tried not to. Matt, how brave you are to drive so far in this weather. Your love of Opera is really inspiring.Be safe! Happy Birthday in advance.Lots of birthdays this month, my granddaughter is 26 today and a good friend has a birthday this week, our Ed too, of course.
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matt minzer
03-05-2015
09:15 AM ET (US)
HI ED:
WE DROVE 1500 MILES FROM S.E. FLORIDA TO LONG ISLAND AND A SNOWSTORM WITH TONIGHT'S TEMPERATURES FALLING TO 12 DG. THE TEMPERATURE IN MY FLORIDA HOME AREA IS OVER 80 DG.
WE WILL BE STAYING HERE UNTIL MARCH 13TH AND THEN DRIVING TO WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA FOR A WEEK BEFORE RETURNING TO FLORIDA FOR NINE DAYS THEN DRIVING BACK TO NEW YORK FOR A WEEK.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ED.-MY 74TH BIRTHDAY IS ON MARCH 10TH. WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE "CARMEN" THIS SATURDAY AT THE GREAT METROPOLITAN OPERA WITH JONAS KAUFMANN.

WHEN ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO VISIT TEDDY ROOSEVELT'S SAGAMORE HILL. I AM AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK-WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY OR FRIDAY. ON MONDAY WE ARE SEEING "MANON" WITH DIANA DAMRAU AND TUESDAY "LA DOONA DEL LAGO" WITH JUAN DIEGO FLORES AND JOYCE DI DONNATO.
PLEASE ADVISE.

BEST,

MATT MINZER, OPERA LOVER.
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Ed
03-05-2015
08:05 AM ET (US)
Great to hear Mario CD is sold out, this does mean there are still many,many fans and people that appreciate an artist like Mario Lanza. This is truly wonderful news and I hope to soon. Thanks Derek.
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Joe to Derek
03-04-2015
09:19 PM ET (US)
Bravo to Derek M. He never gave up on his dream and now we are all enjoying the fruit of his persistence!
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Linz
03-04-2015
08:38 PM ET (US)
Let it be noted that the new CD is a sell-out on Amazon—they've been "temporarily out of stock" for several days now. The CD is #1 on Proper Music's classical charts. So much for the fiction we've been hearing for years that real quality and rare stuff wouldn't sell and we should just accept Sony's same-old same-old fluff-stuff!
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Ed to Suzanne
03-04-2015
12:44 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, no I missed it would have watched had I known. I am watching a series on local tv called Secrets of NYC. Last night dealt with Mulberry Street and The Black Hand. They did a good part on Caruso who was falling victim to these creeps. They told the story of Joe Petrosino and his Italian squad of detectives helped Caruso. The last guy was killed in Brooklyn not far from where I grew up Petrosino was killed in Sicily.
Edited 03-04-2015 12:45 PM
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Suzanne
03-04-2015
11:41 AM ET (US)
Wondering if anyone watched Pasquale Esposito's tribute to Caruso last eve. Nice footage of Caruso, his birth home, also his resting place. Placido Domingo participated. How I missed Mario.
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Ed to Fred
03-04-2015
07:19 AM ET (US)
Fred, thank you it didn't sound like Sinatra I never gave Costa a thought, and yes Lanza does a marvelous job on it. I feel there were some other arias on Coke that were indeed great, the LaDonna e Mobile has a great cadenza and the Improvviso. E
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Fred Day
03-04-2015
12:51 AM ET (US)
Ed: That recording is indeed the Coke Show version of the Lamento di Federico. It was conducted by Callinicos, not Ray Sinatra. Sound quality is very good. Lanza, of course, sings it beautifully. Ciao.
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Suzanne
03-03-2015
05:42 PM ET (US)
Everyone, would have posted sooner, but computer having a little snit. Tonight(tues) at 10 on PBS, The Music of Caruso, though it's not listed that way. Saw the preview. I'm going to watch for a miracle.Hope you all do too.
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Ed to Fred
03-03-2015
05:09 PM ET (US)
Fred, do me a favor if you will. Please listen to CD 12 and play Lamento di Federico, to me it appears that Ray Sinatra's orchestra is not playing and Mario's recording was spliced in. Thanks E
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Audrey Petrella
03-03-2015
02:43 PM ET (US)
Ed,

Only 67? - you are still a "kid" to me. I could have been your babysitter (ha) - I'm 72 going on "17" - ha. Hope you enjoyed your special day.

Has anyone tried listening to Mario Lanza's voice with their eyes closed? (It is actually better without the eyes competing for attention). Reminded of the maestro in "Serenade" who said he was not sleeping. I decided to try it and now know what was meant.
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Suzanne
03-03-2015
11:01 AM ET (US)
Happy Birthday Ed, and many more. As my mother said to me when I lamented turning 40," Honey, you're just a chicken!".
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vincentjamesdiplacido@gma
03-03-2015
10:04 AM ET (US)
Happy Birthday my dear friend , God Bless you.
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Dan Lawlor
03-03-2015
09:34 AM ET (US)
Happy Birthday Ed...I will be 80 on the 15th (the old Income Tax Day) Us pisces have to stick together eh? ha ha
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