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Bill Ronayne
11:27 AM ET (US)

The July issue of "The Legacy of Mario Lanza" newsletter has just been published. It features coverage of the Mario Lanza Museum Benefit Luncheon from April and the recent MLSNY luncheon in NYC. There is a guest article by Roland Bessette and also an article on Lanza's various recordings of "Because" as well as several articles on his life and career plus many photos. For information on how to become a member and receive the newsletter, contact me at wjronayne@optonline.net. Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
02:53 PM ET (US)
For those who will be in Philadelphia on June 26th:

Pizzeria Pesto along with Alexstone Marble & Granite proudly supports

“The Mario Lanza Institute & Museum”

10% of ALL proceeds (dine-in, take-out & delivery) benefit the Mario Lanza Institute’s Capital Campaign.
Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
1925 S. Broad St., Phila. PA

The Mario Lanza Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was incorporated in 1962 to provide scholarships to young classically trained singers aspiring to achieve professional vocal careers. Unfortunately, we have lost our lease. We are interested in a location in South Philadelphia that is currently experiencing a renaissance but before we can move in some renovation will need to be done. Your help is needed now more than ever. Mario Lanza was born in South Philadelphia and we hope that you will patronize Pizzeria Pesto on this special date. To make a donation, please make your check out to Mario Lanza Institute and mail it to Mario Lanza Institute PO Box 54624 Philadelphia, PA 19148. For those wishing to donate online there is a Facebook fundraiser which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/donate/182047352448630/

Best Bill
Gail Swartz
04:34 PM ET (US)
Wow, something new about Mario Lanza! I knew that he collected and gave away watchers, but to have one for timing calls?....this was way cool! Mario 'rang'up many a phone bill in his time.
Chris Johns
03:52 PM ET (US)

First photo
Chris Johns
03:49 PM ET (US)

Hi everyone,
Found this on a Christie’s instagram listing. Thought you all will be interested.
Fred Day
06:50 AM ET (US)
This Sat June 16, on wfmt in Chicago, the broadcast will be Bellini's I Puritani with tenor Lawrence Brownlee. He has fine top notes. Starts at 1pm eastern time. Enjoy. Ciao.
11:32 PM ET (US)
TCM is showing "That Midnight Kiss" as part of Mad About Musicals, this month, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are showing movie musicals from 1920's and 1930's to 1970's. Leslie Howard is Star Of The Month.
11:29 PM ET (US)
This coming Thursday, June 14th, TCM will show "That Midnight Kiss" -Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza(his film debut) at 8:00 A.M. Eastern Time Zone . I watched the Tony Awards. There are two Broadway Revivals, "Carousel" with Josh Henry as Billy Bigelow(the first time, an African-American is playing the part)and opera singer, Renee' Fleming and "My Fair Lady" on Broadway.
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Bill Ronayne
06:56 PM ET (US)

Today's Mario Lanza Society of NY luncheon was another fine afternoon at Patsy's Restaurant. Elaine Malbin was the special guest and the featured performers were soprano Teresa Castillo, who was superb, and David Maiullo who excellently accompanied her and surprise performer tenor Federico Campisano who also sang very well. We listened to recordings from the Mario Lanza Show and also recordings by Elaine Malbin and Giulio Gari. In the photo are L-R: Federico Campisano, Teresa Castillo, Elaine Malbin and David Maiullo. Best, Bill
Fred Day
06:10 PM ET (US)
I pretty much agree with Martino. La Colla was rather average. Not bad but not great. Routine. My memories of Corelli as Calaf cannot ever be forgotten. Ciao.
Martino to Fred
01:24 PM ET (US)
I am not familiar with La Colla either but I went to youtube where he is featured singing several selections in concert and in opera performances. Not bad but certainly not memorable either. The middle of his voice is strong but the top notes are very thin and "white". Pretty much a Licitra clone but without the softness. You can form your own opinion but the Nessun Dorma I heard had one of the worst final "Vincero!" I have ever heard. Maybe he will do it better in Chicago. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt-zON-aRUM
Fred Day
11:02 AM ET (US)
Today's opera broadcast on wfmt in Chicago is Turandot, at 1pm eastern time. The tenor is Stefano La Colla who is not familiar to me. I will listen, and report back. I hope he is good. Ciao.
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