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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
12-11-2019
06:13 PM ET (US)
Happy Birthday, Rita Moreno ! She just turned 88 or 89 ! The Library of Congress has announced more movies added to their National Film Registry. So far, none of Mario Lanza's movies added to it. Among the movies are some of Prince's movies, "Gaslight", "Coal Miner's Daughter". Maybe one day, one of his movies will be added. Sam, thanks for information.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
12-09-2019
06:37 PM ET (US)
I just realized how dumb I have been in the post below trying to describe how I sing O Holy Night, when I could just send all of you the track. I was in a restaurant called Sam's (!) doing this live with one of the best keyboard artists in our city. This track goes back some years because for some reason I could not paste in the current recording??

Here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIcWbjjRgb8
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
12-09-2019
12:04 PM ET (US)
Since no one asked for the Ann Blyth bio I have two of, I have returned it to Barnes and Noble. I'm still enjoying the Rita Moreno bio as she names many stars and writes very well. I sang O Holy Night twice so far at different venues and I have been influenced by Mario. After you think he is done, he adds a final "Oh Holy Night."That is exactly how I do it!
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Valeria PugiottoPerson was signed in when posted
12-08-2019
06:05 AM ET (US)
Kristine and Sam: you can buy the downloadable version of the ‘Vagabond King’ from Amazon. If you download the Amazon Music App on your smartphone, you can then buy the songs of the album And download them in it. That is what I did.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
12-08-2019
01:18 AM ET (US)
Kristine:

The Desert Song is out on this double CD Amazon sells called Mario Lanza Sings Songs From The Student Prince & The Desert Song / Romberg

Nor as much luck with Vagabond King, except for one double CD that was selling for over a hundred dollars ! GO HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Mario-Lanza-Vagabon...5656&s=music&sr=1-1
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
12-07-2019
10:17 PM ET (US)
Happy Birthday to Ellisa Lanza Bregman ! I am glad another Mario Lanza CD is coming out in January 2020. Does anyone know if the vinyl recordings of "The Desert Song" and "The Vagabond King" will be out on CD's ? Maybe Sepia Records could produce them.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
12-07-2019
05:55 PM ET (US)
Our favorite Lanza biographer who posts here, Derek Mannering, just gave me some wonderful news. Sepia Records is going to release in January their 8th CD of Mario. Their quality cannot be beat, so you may want to buy this CD to upgrade what you have now. The link I am providing is to Derek McGovern's site as he is the most prominent in producing this CD along with people like Vince DePlacido. There is a full page devoted to the CD with everything you could want to know up to this point Might make a nice New Year's present!
https://www.mariolanzatenor.com/news/comin...ario-lanza-classics
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Al CanezPerson was signed in when posted
12-07-2019
09:49 AM ET (US)
Read you post late last night after a trip from NY. As usual, Martino, you are correct throughout. I try to listen to Calleja's tribute CD to Mario and it is just there...there is no smiling Wow factor as to what I am hearing. I feel the same for Kauffman, Cura and most of the current tenor whose names I don't remember. To me it always has been..after the orchestra intro, the first words out of Mario gets me going..a smile, a shake of the head in agreement with him. As a former baritone I still try to sing a line or two with him and the joke is on me but it is fun. All my best to everyone. Say a prayer for what occurred in 1941 at Pearl Harbor.
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
12-06-2019
07:26 PM ET (US)
Oreste Kirkop was a Maltese tenor. He only made the one movie "The Vagabond King" with Kathryn Grayson(her final movie)and some thought he was the new "Lanza". I think, Bing Crosby was even promoting him.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
12-06-2019
01:12 PM ET (US)
(akaDiane Cox) Saw Calleja in one opera of the HD Met series and was surprised at how good he sounded. It may have been Boheme. He was much better than some of the utube clips I had watched, but agree with you, not a lot of passion in his portrayal. No goosebumps.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
12-06-2019
10:18 AM ET (US)
I was listening to the Maltese Tenor, Joseph Calleja yesterday and recalled a post on "beautiful singing or beautiful voice" that I posted long ago where I compared him to Mario Lanza. It might be worthwhile to revisit that now where I said, in part, the following:

Here is a question to ponder - when we say a voice is "beautiful" are we really talking about the quality of the sound striking our ears, or is it beautiful singing that we hear? The two are very different. I believe when we speak of Mario Lanza's "beautiful" voice, we are actually talking about a combination of the two - beautiful voice and beautiful singing. That is to say, the beauty of voice that instantly speaks to us and draws our attention and the singing itself that actually draws us in. The tone of the Lanza voice, its smooth rhythm, perfect vibrato, perfect placement, sensuousness and many other vocal characteristics are all evident with every song or aria we hear him sing. But there have been many singers in the past who did not possess all these qualities yet whose singing was so great and astonishing that we quickly deem their voice to be "beautiful", when in fact, it was the singing that was beautiful.

In the league of tenors we can name many singers in the "beautiful" vocal sense besides Lanza, such as Bjorling, Carreras, Wunderlich, DiStefano and many others. Then there are singers such as Corelli, Kraus, Bergonzi, Gedda, and more recently Kaufmann, Florez, Calleja, to name a few, whose natural instruments did not sound "beautiful" in the ways the first group sounded but who sang at such a high level that we automatically peg them as having "beautiful voices". Sopranos are no different and we need look no further than Maria Callas as the best example of a soprano with less than a beautiful tone but who sang so stupendously that she was acknowledged by everyone as having a beautiful voice.

Speaking of Joseph Calleja, lets use him as an example and compare his "Che Gelida Manina" with that of Mario Lanza (the 1949 RCA recording of course). As good as Joseph is I can't help but feel indifferent to the way he actually sounds. He is a great artist and that artistry comes through in everything he does but I am left cold because the voice does not have that element of intrinsic beauty, especially when comparing him to Lanza, however, most people will say Joseph has a "beautiful" voice. Every note Calleja sings is perfect, well tuned and well thought out and you know exactly what to expect from note to note; there will be no mistakes, no surprises. But that is the problem - there is no element of danger, no abandonment, no recklessness that makes the tenor voice unique and exciting. The notes are never held a beat longer than they should. Most of all, add it up and it translates to no flaws but no vocal passion either.

La Boheme pulls at the heart strings more than any other opera and if you are not in tears at the final "Mimi!,Mimi!" the tenor has not done his job, no matter how precise his singing may be. With Che Gelida Manina, Calleja gives a text book rendition (you can hear it on youtube) but it is as though he is reading from that text book rather than using it as a guide, tossing it aside and letting his inner self and his heart take over. This is what Lanza did better than anyone, not only with this aria but with everything he sang. It was this element that added to and complimented his natural attributes that augments the beauty of the voice that reaches our ears.

With Calleja, hard as he tries, the voice simply lacks that intrinsic beauty, leaving it without body and soul. There is almost something clinical, even sterile in the way he sounds, extremely proficient though he may be in how he creates that sound. It is high level singing and exemplary technique and we are astonished by its perfection - it is beautiful singing without question but is what we hear really beautiful, as it unquestionably is when listening to Lanza?

The first group of tenors I mentioned all had certain traits in common and this explanation by C.W. Robinson, hits the mark as it pertains to those singers and especially Mario Lanza: "Most attractive singers have a bright, speech-like quality in their voices. We don't have any trouble understanding the words they are singing. Their sound reaches out and grabs us. Teachers draw that out of singers by talking about projection, or singing forward, etc. But the voices that really melt us also have a quality of depth to them. There is something that makes us feel like the sound is coming from the bottom of their souls. The brightness in their voices speaks out to us, while the depth is drawing us in."
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
12-05-2019
09:12 PM ET (US)
Prayers for Carole Shea. On Friday night, Dec. 20th, CBS TV will, again, show the "I Love Lucy Christmas Episode"(from 1956). The second "I Love Lucy" co -feature will be "Paris, At Last", when the Ricardos and Mertzes went to Europe. In this episode, Lucy buys a painting, leading her to believe it's an original painting, when, in reality, it's a reproduction. The artist, selling it, was played by character actor, Shep Menken. If you recall, he was in "The Great Caruso", playing one of Caruso's friends in his entourage. He also was in "The Glenn Miller Story" and appeared two other times on "I Love Lucy". He also did cartoon voices.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
12-05-2019
03:37 PM ET (US)
(aka Diane Cox) According to what I've read cocaine use in the 50s was rare, the big boom came in the 60s. I've read ALL the books and don't remember cocaine being mentioned. Prescription drugs, alcohol, yes, Of course California was a drug haven earlier than most of the country.
Edited 12-05-2019 04:05 PM
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Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
12-05-2019
12:03 PM ET (US)
Valeria, right you are again. And Sam neither have I ever read of Cocaine in connection with Mario. I've read all the books except of course Teitelbaum's and Bretts, and ii will not read those. I'm happy to hear of anyone who is ill getting a new treatment. I hope Alex Trebek is as well. Boccelli expressed his displeasure over Domingo's being censured.
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Valeria PugiottoPerson was signed in when posted
12-05-2019
05:58 AM ET (US)
Sam, you never offend me. I actually think you are a very kind and sensitive person.
I just believe in people’ s privacy.
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Sam MillionPerson was signed in when posted
12-05-2019
12:29 AM ET (US)
At the chance of offending Valeria, I would like to give you all an update on Carole Shea's health. My wife Anna saw her at Barnes and Noble looking for reading material. Carole, you know has pancreatic cancer. Well, I firmly believe she has much more hope now as they are doing an old procedure of implanting radium seeds. Anna's grandfather had this done many years ago and he lived to be one hundred years old. May we wish you the same good fortune dear Carole.
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