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Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
09-19-2020
11:39 AM ET (US)
Sorry to hear about Anna Netrebko and really hope she gets well with no lasting effects..... Ms. Ginsberg was an inspiration to all of us. Courageous lady.
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
09-18-2020
08:01 PM ET (US)
Correction: Jussi Bjorling.
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
09-18-2020
08:00 PM ET (US)
It has just been reported,Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at 87. RIP. She and late Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia were opera fans, even appeared as extras in an opera. She liked Jussi Bjoreling and Renata Tebaldi.
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
09-18-2020
06:28 PM ET (US)
Get well wishes to Anna . Sorry to hear she has covid 19 virus pneumonia. I just received Schuyler Johnson's book about her father, Van Johnson and mother, Evie Wynn. It's a collection of photos with movie stars. Very impressive. The M-G-M Group Photo from 1949, is in the book. It shows Mario Lanza, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Ann Sothern, Alexis Smith, Kathryn Grayson, George Murphy, Ricardo Montalban, Ann Miller, Van Heflin, Lassie, Edward Arnold, Mary Astor, June Allyson, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Ginger Rogers, etc. There are photos of Keenan Wynn(first husband of Evie), Tyrone Power(Evie's first love, before she met Keenan Wynn), The Beatles(Schuyler met them and they wanted to know about her father, Van Johnson), photos of Esther Williams with her children from Ben Gage, Ben Gage, Lorenzo Lamas. I was thinking of other songs, Mario Lanza missed out singing. "No Other Love" which was sung by Perry Como. It was from Broadway Musical "Me and Juliet"(Rodgers and Hammerstein's flop), "No Other Love" was based on "Beneath The Southern Cross" theme from "Victory at Sea" documentary.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
09-18-2020
12:12 PM ET (US)
(aka Diane Cox) Anna Netrebko said yesterday that she has been hospitalized with covid 19 pneumonia.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-16-2020
08:23 AM ET (US)
Good job as usual, Vince. Very enjoyable and informative.
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Len ThompsonPerson was signed in when posted
09-15-2020
05:07 PM ET (US)
Thank you again, Vince. Much work you are doing and I am sure enjoyment is had by all of us, especially for the folks staying home. That certainly is me! How any person who loves and knows music could ever have written negatively about the Lanza voice is beyong the pale. Was he always on top of the performance, aria or song he was singing? No, but what singer is? The total thought process that he obviouly put into the act of breathing, having that support from his diaphram and then thinking of the forming of the words was more amazing than any singer this person has ever heard. I studied with Samuel Margolis for about 2 years after getting out of the Army in 1958 and I know what working with an excellent teacher means. I was also lucky to have had Helen Carroll as my teacher in college, a Margolis alumni. Mario soaked up everything Rosati presented him with and we are enjoying all of it all the time.. Best to everyone and stay safe.
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Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
09-15-2020
02:44 PM ET (US)
Vince, enjoyed the film so much, some photos not familiar to me. Thanks everyone for the good wishes. Len, how gratifying for you to interview Enrico, Jr. and Andrew Farkas, knowing how much appreciation they had for Mario. Fred, having the book with unlimited access is the only way to read it., I'll try, but haven't made much progress yet. Hope to,soon.Be well, my friends. Thinking so much of late about our dear friend, Ed McManus, and missing his enthusiasm and loyalty to Mario. Not good at remembering many dates, but about this time that we lost him, I believe. Best.
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Vince Di PlacidoPerson was signed in when posted
09-15-2020
10:38 AM ET (US)

Here is a new Lanza film, enjoy!
https://youtu.be/3no7WbtzOrE
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Len ThompsonPerson was signed in when posted
09-15-2020
10:21 AM ET (US)
 Quick note: another book titled Richard Tucker has a couple pages on Mario at Tucker's opening in London in Tosca and what Mario did after the performance for Richard and Sarah. Also for "fun" I decided to count my Lanza cd's: RCA/Sony I have 27. 16 other cd's. 16 in Damon's package. 10 Damon cd's. 3 Xmas cd's. 1 in Cesari's book. 8 Sepia. My total is 81. Many repeats in all of those of course. I won't go into the lp's at this time!! Stay safe and well everyone.
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
09-12-2020
06:44 PM ET (US)
"The Great Caruso" was based on Dorothy Benjamin's book. I think, Enrico, Jr., attended Culver Military Institute. I am facebook friends with Eric Murray, who is Caruso's grandson. Has he ever attended The Lanza Ball ? I wonder if he ever met Damon Lanza ? Julie, I hope you are feeling better, too. Prayers for California, Utah, Oregon, Washington State, that the fires will end soon !
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Len ThompsonPerson was signed in when posted
09-12-2020
06:30 PM ET (US)
Hi Julie,
Hope you ae feeling better and that you will be able to enjoy the book and Mario. I had the pleasure of having Andrew Farkas and Caruso, Jr. as guests on my radio program many years ago. The bookj is long but very interesting in what it brings out about Caruso the man and the singer.
Caruso, Jr. was very complimentary on Lanza even more so than in the book. Farkas has remained a friend and we were also together with Jussi Bjorling's son, Anders, on the book written by Andrew called "Jussi". And Mario is talked about very nicely by Jussi and his daughter and of course Jussi and Mario got together, so I read, at his home in Los Angeles.

John W, thank you for the cut with that very well spoken lady who certainly knows about singing and what it takes to make sound! With all the Sepia stuff being put out, I don't think a recording of Mario and Jose Iturbi was ever made available. I know it is a short version on "Una furtiva" but it is so well sung. Have not posted for a long time. I hope everyone is safe and well and pray to God that we all get throught this horrific time in our country and the world. As Fred says: Ciao tutti!
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
09-12-2020
02:57 PM ET (US)
Julie: Yes, I have the book by Enrico Caruso Junior, since 1990 when it was new, and I enjoyed the book very much. I hope you enjoy it too. Ciao.
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John WPerson was signed in when posted
09-12-2020
12:48 PM ET (US)
Another wonderful reaction to Mario!

https://youtu.be/Y0yoZi_E1TU

Take care!
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Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
09-12-2020
12:31 PM ET (US)
Hi everyone. Hope you're all well. Wanted to ask if anyone here has ever read "My Father, and My Family" by EnricoCaruso, Jr. I've been looking for it for a long time, and was fortunate to find it yesterday after my local librarian located it for me. Haven't had a chance to give it anything but a cursory glance, but of course found the references to our Mario. Nothing but complimentary, with great respect for his talent. You may know that MGM and others were sued for the inaccuracy of the story. I wish I had hopes for reading the whole thing, a huge undertaking, beyond me now that I'm ill, but I hope to do some of it justice. Like to know if anyone here has it in their possession. I was delighted to find it,even though a little too late for me.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
09-12-2020
11:15 AM ET (US)
(aka Diane Cox) FYI Atalla Ayan, tenor, is on the La Scala stage in Sept. in La Traviata, five performances.
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