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Derek Mannering
01:32 PM ET (US)
Good to read some positive reports from the U.K. about the new documentary.

Kristine, the new Sony CD is available now on Amazon.com and the documentary DVD will be available here on April 7, so no need to bother with exchange rates.
Derek Mannering
01:25 PM ET (US)
Here's a link on Facebook to Mark Vincent's new promo for his Lanza tribute CD:


Clever use of the joint black & white screens there.
phil uk
09:02 AM ET (US)
wow wow get this dvd its wonderful,wonderful,well done to those who produced it.
phil uk
06:56 AM ET (US)
just got the new dvd "The Best Of" looking forward to viewing it in a few hours.Amazing all these years since Marios passing & we still have cds & now a dvd release.The Lanza legacy endures due to great guys & gals who produce these items for us to savour,more power to them.
Fred Day
10:44 PM ET (US)
Jussi recorded Come Un Bel Di Di Maggio and sang it on radio and/or TV on a few occasions, but, oddly, he never recorded or is known to have never sung the Improviso, unfortunately. Ciao.
Fred Day
10:39 PM ET (US)
Ed: The other "take" of Be My Love is the Coke Show rendition, from his first Coke Show. It is shorter than the RCA recording, and has no choir. There was no choir in any Coke Show recordings. Ciao.
08:33 PM ET (US)
Got my Best cd today, anyone know where the other take of BML came from ?
Ed to Len
05:59 PM ET (US)
Len, most definitely he was suited for the roll in AC. The studio recording of the improvviso is fine but if you listen to the home recording with Costa he gives a gripping rendition of the aria, I don't think a home recording of Come Un Bel DiMaggio exists, perhaps we'll never know. I think my faves are Caruso and of course Jussi, theirs are powerful.
Gail Swartz
04:54 PM ET (US)
Received the Sony release...Loved it. Will be taking it to Houston...Region 10 of the Sweet Adelines competition on April1...on YouTube, found lyrics to Toselli's Serenade..Mario sang it so well in his unique and marvelous voice !
Diane Cox
04:34 PM ET (US)
According to the Opera Lover's Companion Andre Chenier was a resounding success at it's premiere in 1896, and has remained popular ever since.
10:53 AM ET (US)
Andrea Chenier premiered in Milan in 1896 in March. I wonder how it was received.
10:51 AM ET (US)
According to Cesari's book, Ray Heindorf recalled that Tebaldi was so overcome by Mario's singing That she was moved to tears and embraced him fondly after which he invited her to his home to meet his family, where they spent a memorable evening singing together.This was after a Screening of Serenade. She is said to have told him he had the finest natural tenor voice she'd ever heard.Seems she "liked" him.
phil uk
10:00 AM ET (US)
again listening to the Chenier Improviso rehearsal track i feel that Mario had an affinity for this opera.I have heard Del monaco,Corelli etc but oniy Mario gets into the role for this aria,Gigli comes close in not only singing but acting vocally as Mario does.I often wonder what Tebaldi thought of Marios vocal cords & what did they sing that evening,does anyone know?
06:24 AM ET (US)
The Library of Congress has announced its selection of recordings for their National Registry of Recordings. Here are some of them: Judy Garland-"Over The Rainbow", Harry Richman-"Puttin' On The Ritz", Big Mama Thornton's version of "Hound Dog"(before Elvis sang it), Don McLean-"American Pie"(his tribute to the passing of Buddy Holly), Barbra Streisand-"People", one of opera soprano Renee' Fleming. Once again, none of Mario Lanza's recordings were chosen, though, I think Caruso is in their registry. The public can send submissions to them. As for Mario Lanza doing the voices of fairy tale story characters, I read that ,in Terry Robinson's and Raymond Strait's book. Imagine Lanza doing the voices of a witch, " Hansel &Gretel", "Goldilocks and The Three Bears," etc. What are the prices of Lanza CD "The Best of Everything" and DVD, in American currency ?
Fred Day
04:17 AM ET (US)
There may have been plans for a Lanza album of sacred songs and arias, to follow an opera aria album, but sadly, time ran out much too soon. Same for Fritz. His Ingemisco is excellent. Jussi's best Ingemisco is his 1960 stereo version, from the complete recording. Truly majestic!! Ciao.
Bill Ronayne
10:38 AM ET (US)
Hi Ed: I've never seen anything to that effect. Of course he would have been wonderful in it. I would have liked to have heard him sing it around the time of the Coke Show and then later on say in 1958 when he became more introspective in his life and gave even deeper meaning to the words of what he was performing. Best, Bill
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