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Gail Swartz
06-27-2017
12:36 AM ET (US)
Are you familiar with Mario and Robert Weede duet of Golden Days? The Celenese Hour recordings are wonderful...without Rosati, Mario was still marvelous. I listened to a compilation called The Ultimate Collection on my Kindle...very emotional experience.
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Ed to Suzanne
06-26-2017
07:43 PM ET (US)
Wonder Why was always a favorite of mine, just started back with Golden Day and I Love Thee.
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Ed
06-26-2017
06:47 PM ET (US)
Phil, I heard it OMG, my friend Nick from Belgium uploaded that.
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Kristine
06-26-2017
04:22 PM ET (US)
The Library of Congress's Packard Theater will show "The Gazebo"(1960)starring Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds. Back in 1960(I was 10), my late parents and I went to see "The Gazebo" at New Hartford Drive-In Theater, New Hartford, N.Y.(near my hometown, Utica). The reason why, we saw "The Gazebo" was the second feature was "For The First Time"-Mario Lanza. That was the first Lanza movie, I would see. The New Hartford Drive-In Theater closed a few years ago. Terry Robinson knew both Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds. Debbie would write, in her first autobiography, that Hedda Hopper had suggested why didn't she date Glenn Ford, maybe marry him.
 ?At that time, he and Eleanor Powell had just divorced. Debbie and Glenn also made another movie, together, "It Started With A Kiss" (1959). I hope The Library of Congress would show a Mario Lanza movie, sometime.
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SUZANNE
06-26-2017
02:32 PM ET (US)
Listening to more "Lamento", then the song "Wonder why". Have to stop now or my heart will explode . He's always even more divine than I remember. So much music out there that I know I will never live long enough to hear.Even photos not seen before. Spectacular Mario. One of the wonders of the world. Have to look for "Wonder Why"on my many recordings..
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SUZANNE
06-26-2017
01:38 PM ET (US)
Gobsmacked I am! More intense than the film version.I have a Seraphim recording of Gigli. "The Art of Beniamino Gigli" He was a favorite of Mario, I read. I wonder how many more rehearsal recordings there are that we haven't yet heard.Wonderful idea Phil, to include them in a future CD. Ed. glad you're getting better..
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Diane Cox
06-26-2017
11:18 AM ET (US)
Anna Netrebko and her husband Yusaf duet

https://www.facebook.com/operaplanet/videos/252195971798512/
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phil uk
06-26-2017
11:00 AM ET (US)
Ed.On youtube,look for Lamento Di Frederico rehearsal ok & prepared to be Gobsmacked!
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Ed
06-26-2017
10:39 AM ET (US)
Phil, where can I find that Lamento?
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phil uk
06-26-2017
06:54 AM ET (US)
AGAIN i humbly request if your listening Derek Mc Govern that IF possible you might include this Lamento Di Frederico rehearsal item on a future cd from Sepia,the musical public need to hear this awesome outpouring of operatic emotion unequalled by ANY tenor! I know its not in the best of sound but this is now a historic & rare item.Thanks.
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Ed to Phil
06-25-2017
09:20 PM ET (US)
I think Lanza's Lamento is the very best I have heard in fifty years, yes he was The Great Lanza.
BTW,I'm feeling great and doing well and ahead of schedule on progress. Getting my weight back and almost back about ten pounds short, thank you for asking.
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Gail Swartz
06-25-2017
02:42 PM ET (US)
Phil, if you listen closely to Mario sing the Federico, you will hear the audience applaud one of the recordings was in Canada, one in California, one at home, and one in London. I have read that Mario 's singing was the definitive one for all others to aspire to. When viewing Serenade I am impressed by Mario's interpretation of the operatic selections.
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phil uk
06-25-2017
06:28 AM ET (US)
ONCE AGAIN i have listened to that Lamento Di Frederico rehearsal item on youtube & to my ears this is what separates Mario from the rest,this live singing is frightening that a person can evoke this intensity of performance so rarely heard today.Mario seemed to take a pleasure in blowing away his opposition with a rendition like this & he did it in bucket fulls.Mario you were THE GREAT LANZA!
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phil uk
06-25-2017
05:21 AM ET (US)
Ed.pleased you liked the Gigli Otello.What a pity Mario did not record more of this opera when filming Serenade,the love duet with Albanese would have been wonderful.We can only dream.Hope you are better healthwise.
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Gail Swartz
06-24-2017
11:36 PM ET (US)
I found and bought one Gigli recording and have listened to him on YT...he was a true lyric tenor..but I can visualize Rosati hearing Mario for the first time in the studio. Mario was not limited to just lyric tenor...his voice range was within the baritone and all the was past many lyric tenors..Mario always gave a bit of himself when he sang and he looked like he meant every word.
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Ed to Dennis
06-24-2017
11:27 AM ET (US)
I'm glad you agree about Gigli, I will admit to you that I never bought a Gigli record because I was locked in by Lanza and Caruso and will now try and find some by Gigli. Last night I searched Gigli on YT and came across his studio recording of Nessun Dorma and was blown away, I suggest you try it. He may have recorded with electrica
device, yes he may have become the new Caruso. Best Ed
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Dennis
06-23-2017
10:10 PM ET (US)
Webmaster: I think the trolls have returned, but with such a beautiful name: eusebia, which means inner piety, spiritual maturity, godliness. What an inappropriate name.

Ed, I listened to that same selection by Gigli and was also struck by it. I remember reading that Gigli was considered "the new Caruso" by many, back in the day.
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Diane Cox
06-23-2017
04:30 PM ET (US)
Gail, born in 1939, named after the popular song, "My Diane". Which Mario has recorded beautifully. Will never forget when I heard him sing it on the radio. I was about 13.
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Ed to Phil
06-23-2017
01:54 PM ET (US)
Just listened to BG do Dio Mi Potevi it was excellent I'd never heard his before.
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Eusebia
06-23-2017
12:42 PM ET (US)
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phil uk
06-23-2017
08:27 AM ET (US)
the newspapers here called Kaufmans Otello a whimp!another stated that he wasnt in the DelMonaco,Domingo class!Great tenors have always been rare its the same today.I urge you Otello converts to listen to Gigli singing Dio Mi Potevi on Youtube i feel its a classic rendition.No doubt Kaufman will record this operatic masterpiece but i shall not shed my pounds on that only perhaps another Sepia Lanza release!By the way the critics gave much praise to Antonio Pappanos conducting & the sound of the Covent Garden orchestra.
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Gail Swartz
06-23-2017
08:19 AM ET (US)
Thanks, Diane. Did you know that your name means "perfect"? Mario was proud of his high C and could get even higher if needed, and it was full and musical not pinched like a balloon being stretched. Caruso had limited capability for his high notes. We can be grateful that Mario tested and trained his voice at the right time and that he did not yield to peer pressure and not sing opera.
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Diane Cox
06-23-2017
05:21 AM ET (US)
The review I read was by Zachary Woolfe of the NYtimes
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Diane Cox
06-23-2017
05:19 AM ET (US)
Phil, the review I read earlier tonight was very good. Wish I'd copied down who wrote it and for what publication. Now I'm not that big a fan of Kaufman's voice, but he did very well in the Werther that I saw last year. We don't have any tenors that I consider great at this time. Looks like in the whole world, there would be one.
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phil uk
06-23-2017
04:26 AM ET (US)
just seen the morning papers here & all agreed Kaufmans Otello was a let down,he does not have that type of voice which that role requires.Del monaco still rules this opera,listen to his performance from the Met with Warren & Del Angeles its his best i feel though Domingo under the great Carlos Kleiber at La Scala comes close.
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phil uk
06-23-2017
04:05 AM ET (US)
Gail,Mario will ALWAYS be THE ONE,he was a very special singer & i conclude none will surpass his talent.
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Diane Cox
06-23-2017
12:58 AM ET (US)
This clip is from last year, but gives you an idea of his voice and performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpvmCetrbp4
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Diane Cox
06-23-2017
12:49 AM ET (US)
Gail, Kaufman doesn't have a tenor voice that fits Mis Amis, with it's five high C's. He's more the full voiced with beautiful sound kind of tenor, Bel canto, well suited to Otello. Juan Flores does Mis Amis frequently. Will check utube and see if there are any posts of the Otello.
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Gail Swartz
06-23-2017
12:11 AM ET (US)
Good news! Kaufman has a well-trained tenor voice. Did he sing the operatic piece that had 5 high Cs Maybe that I viewed on youtube? Maybe they recorded his performance for his fans to cherish. Sure am glad that at least we have one of Mario's concerts on audio with photos and some of the concert-goers' impressions. Watched BYM today..the tropical rains kept me inside..loved to see Mario in that blue serge suit and hearing him sing Granada !
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Diane Cox
06-22-2017
11:22 PM ET (US)
Wed, Jonas Kaufman debuted at Royal Albert Hall in Otello and received great reviews.
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Suzanne
06-22-2017
01:16 PM ET (US)
Actually not, Phil. Always amazing to hear of young tenors still being inspired by our Mario.But, as Gail said, there will never be anyone to match Mario in our memories. Guess we can't even imagine it.
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Gail Swartz
06-22-2017
12:11 PM ET (US)
Phil, I not blase' about the young tenors that have found the wonderful golden voice of Mario Lanza. In fact, I am thrilled that they want to sing the operatic music and other great songs. Maybe one or more will keep on inspiring others for years to come. For us, there will never be anyone who can match Mario in our memories.
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phil uk
06-22-2017
10:39 AM ET (US)
wow are we getting blase about Mario & his influence on new young tenors!My recent message re a contestant in Cardiff Singer Of The World contest got no response.We should ALL be happy that in 2017 up & coming singers are still being inspired by Mario or are we all so laid back on this musical marvel that we dont care!
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David Weaver
06-21-2017
11:31 AM ET (US)
Doug, Henry Blanke was involved in both "Sincerely Yours" and "Serenade" - as the producer. So he was indeed working with both Liberace and Lanza at about the same time. Gordon Douglas directed "Sincerely Yours."
Edited 06-21-2017 11:32 AM
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Suzanne
06-21-2017
11:05 AM ET (US)
Sorry for the loss of Lanza Legend , but saw it coming. Few posters. Dennis, sure you're right, but not something any of us wants to think about. Hope we can carry on for some time to come. Bill, thank you!Hope all Dads here had a wonderful Fathers Day.
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Doug
06-21-2017
10:19 AM ET (US)
Must correct a mistake in my previous post. Henry Blanke was directing "Sincerely Yours", not "Serenade" which was directed by Anthony Mann.
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phil uk
06-19-2017
05:33 AM ET (US)
well another up & coming tenor was inspired by Mario ln TGC.A fine tenor of oriental birth was a finalist in Cardiff Singer Of The World yesterday & in an interview he mentioned that it was Mario who inspired him.What a legacy Mario left for these new aspiring tenors.He didnt win but sang very well.
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Kristine
06-18-2017
06:09 AM ET (US)
I hadn't seen "Sincerely, Yours", in awhile, I noticed that Guy Williams played Lurene Tuttle's son-in-law, in the movie. He later played Don Diego De La Vega, a/k/a Zorro for Walt Disney. His real name was Armando Catalano and was an excellent swordsman. He also played a Cartwright family member on "Bonanza", replacing Pernell Roberts, for awhile. Then he(Roberts) returned to "Bonanza", would later leave it, permanently. Guy Williams later appeared on "Lost In Space". By the way, Pernell Roberts had a singing voice.
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Fred Day
06-17-2017
04:47 PM ET (US)
Actually, Liberace appeared in several films in cameo roles or small parts. His first film was South Sea Sinner (1950) starring MacDonald Carey and Shelly Winters. Liberace was 14th billed in a small role. In his last film he had a small role as a casket salesman. His only starring role was in Sincerely Yours (1955), which was a big flop at the box office, but I enjoyed that film. His main medium was television, in which he was a huge success, and also he made many records. Gone, but not forgotten. Mister Showmanship indeed. For a listing of his films, go to Wikipedia, type in Liberace, and scroll down to "films". Ciao.
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Kristine
06-17-2017
01:25 PM ET (US)
I heard that story about Mario Lanza impersonating Liberace. I also saw a photo of Liberace with Elvis Presley. Liberace is even mentioned in the song "Mr. Sandman". As a child, I watched his t.v. show. "Sincerely, Yours", as we know, would be his only film. In 1966, he did appear , as himself, in a specialty act, in movie "Looking For Love" starring Connie Francis. He sang "Aruba Liberace". He also played himself on an episode of "Here's Lucy".
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Doug
06-17-2017
10:54 AM ET (US)
"Sincerely Yours" and "Serenade" were filmed at Warner Brothers at about the same time. James
Bacon tells of being with Mario when he phoned the director (of Serenade) Henry Blanke, and with a PERFECT imitation of Liberace's voice berated him, called him all sorts of dreadful names and threatened to walk away from the movie if several outrageous demands weren't met. Blanke was pretty shook up but Liberace appeared the next day all smiles and sweetness not knowing what had happened. Mario & Blanke had a good laugh when all was revealed but poor Liberace didn't appreciate the humor. Earlier Mario had done the same thing to columnist Sheilah Graham imitating George Sanders' voice.
Edited 06-17-2017 10:58 AM
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Kristine
06-17-2017
06:21 AM ET (US)
The scene , in "Sincerely, Yours", where Mario Lanza is mentioned, is when pianist Anthony Warrin(Liberace)and his lady friend(played by Dorothy Malone)are in a restaurant. He doesn't have cash to pay for the meal. He asks the waiter, if he will accept a check ? The waiter says no. Warrin then tells him "But I'm Anthony Warrin". The waiter answers(in broken Italian dialect) " And I'm a Mario Lanza ". Well, Warrin's lady friend(Dorothy Malone)pays the cash for the meal.
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Dennis
06-17-2017
03:55 AM ET (US)
Gail, I think it is too late to save Lanza Legend. Most of the information on the website is years old, most of the links do not work well if at all, and the link to the Lanza Legend forum has now been disabled. The site had a good long run and contributed some unique perspectives when Damon Lanza, R.I.P. and Bob Dolfi, R.I.P. were contributing, along with Lindsay Perigo. But it just ran out of steam and any day I suspect the home page will be dissolved as well. Although Mario will constantly be discovered by younger folks who then become fans, especially when they discover the wealth of recordings, videos and movies left behind, we older fans are showing our age as well and passing from this world. Most of the contributors to this forum are already into retirement age and few are replacing us. We, and our enthusiasm, will be gone, but the glorious voice will live on.
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Gail Swartz
06-16-2017
05:20 PM ET (US)
Bill, can't you do something about the Lanza legend info that will lost to the new fans of Mario that are just beginning to "find" him? Hope my membership is up to date so that the newsletter comes to me.
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Gail Swartz
06-16-2017
05:16 PM ET (US)
Where is the lanzalegend going? Isn't it going to be there for fans anymore?
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Gail Swartz
06-16-2017
05:13 PM ET (US)
Had to watch the Liberace movie again to find the Mario reference....it was the huge breakfast cited by the manager, yes? If the reference was in beginning of the film, then I could not view it...the dvr did not pick up the film at the first. I would have loved hearing all of Mario's mimics...He could be so entertaining on so many levels.If I met him today I would be in tears and awe..bet he would have looked like the grandfather we see in the family photos.
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Bill Ronayne
06-16-2017
04:50 PM ET (US)

The July issue of "The Legacy of Mario Lanza' has just been published. It features coverage of the Mario Lanza Museum benefit luncheon, the recent MLSNY Annual Dinner, reviews of the new CD and DVD release, many photos and a variety of articles including one on the various recordings that Lanza made of "Mattinata." For those wishing to subscribe, contact wjronayne@optonline.net for the details.
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Kristine
06-16-2017
03:37 PM ET (US)
I remember that Marlene was going to discontinue it, then kept it active for a little while longer. Best wishes to Marlene and staff. Happy Father's Day weekend !
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Diane Cox
06-16-2017
03:37 PM ET (US)
Ed, Tosca is my very favorite.
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Ed
06-16-2017
03:19 PM ET (US)
I'm going to miss the Lanza Legend, although my participation for some time was limited, it was there that I made many friends and learned many things about Mario. I got a few chances to speak with Damon with friendly chat and about our families.

Speaking of Liberace, I caught part of Sincerely Yours in which he played a deaf pianist.

Martino, I'm enjoying Tosca, many thanks.
Edited 06-16-2017 03:21 PM
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David Weaver
06-16-2017
12:21 PM ET (US)
In 1982, when Liberace appeared at the Oscars to play the themes from the films that were nominated for Best Original Score, he joked with the audience, "I did my part for movies years ago - I stopped making them."

And yes, Kristine, the Lanza Legend forum is no more. Marlene signed off with Mario's signature closing, "May I wish you the best of everything in life always" on May 31. The rest of the Lanza Legend site remains online, but the content has not been updated in a long time.
Edited 06-16-2017 12:24 PM
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Kristine
06-16-2017
07:42 AM ET (US)
Adam West, RIP. Did The Lanza Legend.com discontinue their website group ? I haven't been able to connect to them . "Sincerely , Yours" with Liberace is on this morning on TCM, as part of "Gay Hollywood" showing movies of actors, actresses, movie musical choreographers, directors, who were that orientation. There is a reference to Mario Lanza , in the movie. "Sincerely, Yours" was a re-make of an old George Arliss movie "The Man Who Played God". In the re-make, Liberace played a concert pianist, Anthony Warren, who loses his hearing. He does charitable acts and at the end, his hearing is restored. Dorothy Malone played his love interest, until he becomes deaf, she leaves him. But Joanne Dru, who loves him, sticks with him, and he'll end up with her. The movie was not a hit at the box office, at that time.
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phil uk
06-16-2017
07:09 AM ET (US)
this month Jonas Kaufmann will sing Otello at Covent Garden in a new production under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.I am hoping this will be broadcast so we can hear this exciting collaboration.We can only wonder what Mario would have done with this great work by Verdi,looking at the monologue from Serenade i can only conclude something awesome.I humbly assert that the two best ever monologues are in movies! Marios-Serenade & Gigli in Mama,both are superb renditions.
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Kristine
06-14-2017
06:28 AM ET (US)
Correction: congratulations.
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Kristine
06-14-2017
06:27 AM ET (US)
Ed, congratualtions and best wishes to the bride and groom ! There is a movie theater , in Los Angeles, that shows old movies. "Easter Parade"(which will be hosted by film historian-critic, Leonard Maltin)and "Wings"(Buddy Rogers, Clara Bow, Richard Arlen)will be shown, there. I wonder if a Mario Lanza movie would ever be shown, there ? A few years ago, a movie theater, in San Francisco, showed a Deanna Durbin movie.
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Kristine
06-13-2017
06:00 AM ET (US)
Happy Birthday, Vic Damone !
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Fred Day
06-12-2017
04:16 PM ET (US)
Happy Birthday to Vic Damone, and many more. He turns 89 today. God bless him. Ciao.
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Suzanne
06-12-2017
02:04 PM ET (US)
Beautiful photo Ed.What a nice couple. Thanks so much. Hope it all went well.
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Ed
06-12-2017
12:32 AM ET (US)

Mr and Mrs. Kevin McManus
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Fred Day
06-11-2017
10:32 AM ET (US)
Sad to read of the death of Adam West, TV's Batman, at age 88. A fine actor with many credits. Ciao.
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David Weaver
06-09-2017
12:32 PM ET (US)
Ed, your comment about Mario mentioning the Chrysler Show is right - but you've got the wrong telecast. It wasn't the Palladium in November 1957, but the second Shower of Stars show in October 1954 where Mario thanks the audience and talks about all the letters he's received "since the first Chrysler show." Perhaps fact that Mario sang "E lucevan le stele" on both the second SOS and Palladium telecasts threw you off. The Shower of Stars did not air in England, just as Sunday Night at the Palladium did not air in the US.
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Suzanne
06-09-2017
11:02 AM ET (US)
Ed.hoping for a photo if not too much trouble. Have a wonderful weekend. Best to Darleen.
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Fred Day
06-07-2017
04:28 PM ET (US)
Ed: Yes, Mario was referring to the 2 Chrysler Shower of Stars TV shows of Sept & Oct, 1954. Ciao.
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Ed to Suzzane
06-07-2017
03:49 PM ET (US)
Yes it's beautiful today and the temp will climb through Sunday.The kids are getting married in Upper Darby,Pa at 5 o'clock. It's a small one only about 25 guests. I haven't worn a tux since my sis married in 79. Doing very well just had ultrasound in legs and all clear.

Check your email ok thanks
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Ed to Fred/Martino
06-07-2017
03:43 PM ET (US)
I just took out my DVD of Palladium and heard something I never paid attention to. Mario acknowledges the audience, he mentions the Chrysler Shows, were there Chrysler Shows or did me men Coke?
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Suzanne
06-07-2017
12:22 PM ET (US)
Hi Ed. Hear the weather's going to shape up, hope so. I wish Kev and his bride the best of everything (in life always). Where in PA is the wedding? My daughter Julie's husband is from PA. The sun is making a rare appearance today, maybe ending flooded basements for a while. Wishing you and the family a wonderful wedding weekend. Glad you're well for it. Best.
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Ed to Suzanne
06-06-2017
11:37 AM ET (US)
Suzanne, they were all after money and the trusting soul that he was he let things happen and paid the price. It seems he caught on in Europe when he had all those offers coming in and greed set in again but he woke up. The book was great and I enjoyed reading it but the last chapter was sad because I knew how the story would end,reading the final hours was toug

We have horrible weather we are in a rain chilly pattern and I put my heat up some to take the chill out, Thursday to be 70s, my Kevin gets married on Sunday in Pa supposed to be 80, let's see,
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Suzanne
06-06-2017
11:01 AM ET (US)
Ed. Aren't many geniuses eccentric? He certainly made his mark in the few years he was with us. For that voice, I'll overlook anything. Think I read once that Mario remarked on stage about Callinicos. "The man wants my money". So he was the same as the others. Money seems to be what it's all about , after all. Not to say "Costa" didn't care for him. I'm sure he did. Hope you're feeling well, Ed. Think summer's coming? Never stops raining here. Probably get tropical all at once, next week.Always wish I could attend the luncheons, but not to be. Elaine looks great! Bless her for her loyalty.
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Ed
06-04-2017
10:36 AM ET (US)
I finished the book and yes it was a tragedy, although I love Mario he was a bit strange. Sad that he died so young, the offers kept coming on Europe but by that time the Mario of '52 was gone. I never knew Costa to be a hanger on and was upset when Baron took over. Reading of his last day was sad and indeed a tragedy.
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Ed
06-04-2017
08:25 AM ET (US)
Bill, looks like a great time yesterday would have gone if I could, maybe next one.

David, you're welcome.
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Bill Ronayne
06-03-2017
09:21 PM ET (US)

Today's Mario Lanza Society of NY Annual Dinner was another fine afternoon at Patsy's Restaurant. We had wonderful performances from tenor Jose Heredia and David Maiullo, a large helping of selections from the Mario Lanza Show and Lou Barrella's Name the Tenor with the song Because with a clip from The Great Caruso with Lanza and then portions sung by Peerce, McCormack, Bjorling, Caruso and Corelli. Video clips of Lanza singing at the London Palladium and Elaine Malbin singing Sempre Libera from a TV show were also enjoyed by the group and we additionally had Giulio Gari singing The Lord's Prayer as a slide show was played. Aldo Mancusi was among those that spoke to the group and as always the cuisine at Patsy's was first rate. In the photo are L-R: Aldo Mancusi, David Maiullo, Elaine Malbin, Lou Barrella and Jose Heredia.
Edited 06-03-2017 09:23 PM
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RenseWebmasterPerson was signed in when posted
06-03-2017
07:58 PM ET (US)
Thanks, Ed, for the heads up.
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Ed to Suzanne
06-01-2017
09:00 PM ET (US)
Yes he was the the golden goose with no guidance just like Elvis. His mom didn't trust Parker but daddy saw gold and signed away. Weiler came away with a lot of money and Mario had to accept only a small portion of what he stole. His life was tragic but what we have I am grateful
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Suzanne
06-01-2017
10:08 AM ET (US)
Ed. I re-read parts of the book occasionally and some things are disturbing. As for someone investing for him, they were all too busy lining their own pockets. Don't most of us think we have a lot more time to think of saving, til time creeps up on us and it's too late. He was still young and so much was being offered to him for the future, he probably thought there was plenty of time. Kristine, wishful thinking about a stamp or a book. Have to be glad we have what we do..
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Kristine
06-01-2017
06:35 AM ET (US)
Today is Pat Boone's birthday, he turns 83. Happy Birthday ! Terry Robinson knew Pat Boone. Today, also, would have been Nelson Riddle's birthday. He worked with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Mathis. Riddle also wrote the theme songs for "The Untouchables" and "Route 66" t.v. shows. Long overdue for Nelson Riddle, Lawrence Welk(who lived in Pacific Palisades and I think met Mario's family), and of course, Mario Lanza to be honored on stamps ! More Life Magazine books on the stand: John F. Kennedy(who would have turned 100 on May 29th), Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles. I wonder if they'll publish a magazine book about Mario Lanza ?
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Ed
05-31-2017
03:18 PM ET (US)
I'm almost done with my book, I read all of or part of a chapter before bed and might turn back a few pages first,
If this book is true yes it was a tragedy.
One point I'd make now is couldn't someone have taken his money and invested some of it for his future or banked some, all that wasted money is like he was a drunken sailor. He had the ticket but used it wrong, very sad.
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Fred Day
05-30-2017
11:16 PM ET (US)
Mike M: The 8 "new to CD" and previously unreleased selections are in better sound quality than what I already had. Therefore, this set is worthwhile to own. The sound quality is excellent thruout. I fully recommend it. Ciao.
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Mike M to Fred
05-30-2017
06:02 PM ET (US)
Just read your very brief review of "The best of Everything" on amazon. Can you tell me why I should buy it, because I am pretty sure I have everything on it. Thank you in advance.
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Suzanne
05-30-2017
01:30 PM ET (US)
Thanks so much to Vincent, Sr. and Vincent Jr. Appreciate it . Just shows again what wonderful people support Mario here.
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Kristine
05-29-2017
05:29 PM ET (US)
Did Mario Lanza visit Lana Turner, in England, when she was filming a movie with Sean Connery(before he was Bond, James Bond)in 1958 ? I can't remember the title of it. I did read, that her then boy friend, Johnny Stompanato was visiting the set and almost or did get into a fist fight with Sean Connery.
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Gail Swartz
05-29-2017
04:28 PM ET (US)
All...go to yt and listen to Mario sing This Land..I know Mario would have returned to USA had he not died so suddenly while in Italy.
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Ed
05-29-2017
03:40 PM ET (US)
To all my fellow veterans out there my best to you, duty, honor, country. God Bless America.
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Suzanne
05-29-2017
01:15 PM ET (US)
Thanks for posting the painting, Vince. Good Job! He captured all those dimples. For all our Vets, always thinking of you with love and respect for all you've done. Never forgotten.
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Edward McManus
05-29-2017
10:21 AM ET (US)
Thanks Fred, wish he'd done it too, so many unsung like Je Crois from PF and Rachel from La Juive.
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Kristine
05-29-2017
07:09 AM ET (US)
Great photo of Bill Earl !
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Kristine
05-29-2017
07:07 AM ET (US)
Vince,Jr., I like the portrait. Yes, I read that Mario wanted Lana Turner to be in "Because You're Mine". But M-G-M told him, she can't sing. She did appear in a movie with Ezio Pinza, "Mr. Imperium". I think a singing voice was dubbed in for her. Was it Fran Warren's voice ? Lana Turner would later write, in her autobiography, it wasn't a pleasant experience, working with Ezio Pinza.
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Fred Day
05-29-2017
12:14 AM ET (US)
Ed: Unfortunately Lanza never recorded O Lola from Cav Rus. I wish he had. Maybe he might have sung it in the shower. Maybe he rehearsed it with Costa at the piano, at some point. Also wish he had recorded No Pagliaccio Non Son from Pag. Ciao.
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Vince Di Placido Jnr.
05-28-2017
07:51 PM ET (US)

I wanted to post this portrait of Mario that my father painted recently. Not bad for an 82 year old.
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Gail Swartz
05-28-2017
06:46 PM ET (US)
Hoping all of you have a safe holiday. Didn't Mario want Lana Turner for Because Your Mine and didn't he visit her while in England where he fell and bruised his side...maybe she was his favorite actress. Listened to One Alone cd...wow again and again! Someone put Bocelli singing with the Morman Tab choir on my fb...of course, I had to let my peeps be aware that if Mario had not made TGC film a lot of today's operatic singers would probably not be singing today.
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Kristine
05-28-2017
05:43 PM ET (US)
I wish everybody an enjoyable holiday weekend, though we know the true meaning of Memorial Day. I read that Mario Lanza was a fan of John Garfield and Tyrone Power. Does anyone know, if he had a favorite movie actress ?
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Ed
05-28-2017
05:11 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know if Mario ever recorded O Lola from CR ?
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Ed
05-26-2017
02:04 PM ET (US)
I'm just about finished with Cesari's book. I found the insulting remarks dealing with the Coke sessions unfair by those that made them. Considering the way he was taken advantage of by Weiler losing all the money and Bernhardt no wonder why he acted the way he did. I have all 15 CDs and they are great for me.
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Suzanne
05-25-2017
10:55 AM ET (US)
How nice Wendy. Always suspected that Roger Moore was a good man. Please say hello to Bill Earl and thank him for what he's done for our Mario.Blessings Bill!
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Wendy Stilwell - UK
05-24-2017
03:19 AM ET (US)

Here is a photo I took just two days ago of Bill Earl, who at 102 is still the Vice Chairman of The British Mario Lanza Society. Despite having recently broken his hip, and having a new replacement, he is looking remarkably well. In fact, I think he is going backward in years!
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Wendy Stilwell - UK
05-24-2017
03:12 AM ET (US)
Roger Moore was a lovely man. I saw him last year, when he came to a theatre near where I live. It was called "An Evening with Roger Moore". It was nearly three hours of Roger recalling his life, and it was hilarious, he was so funny, recalling some of the events of his life.
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Kristine
05-24-2017
12:05 AM ET (US)
Sir Roger Moore passed away at 89. He made some movies, including "Interrupted Melody",at M-G-M,in early '50's. Dina Merrill passed away at 93. RIP. Hope all's well with Sam.
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David Weaver
05-22-2017
06:48 PM ET (US)
Kristine, although it had been in the planning stages for several years, "Deep in My Heart" didn't go in to production until April 1954, a year after Mario was fired by MGM. Not likely they would've invited him back to do a cameo, and even less likely he'd have agreed to if asked. Especially to sing a song from the same operetta he was to star in on screen.
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Diane Cox
05-22-2017
03:13 PM ET (US)
Reading every day, not posting much.
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Suzanne
05-22-2017
02:30 PM ET (US)
Hi Ed. Wonderful set isn't it? Surprised you could listen to Mario in hospital, unless you were using your headphones.Hope the nurses appreciated him. Sorry about Sam's setback, also haven't heard from Vincent for some time. Wish everyone would post again soon. We need everyone.
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Doug
05-22-2017
11:20 AM ET (US)
In the film, you'll notice that Farrell is not credited for her dubbing. She was offered a certain amount of money and film credit or more money with no credit. She took the extra money!!
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Kristine
05-22-2017
06:50 AM ET (US)
Opera great Renee' Fleming will perform at Memorial Day Concert, Sunday, May 28th. It will be aired on PBS TV. William Olvis performed in "The Student Prince" scene in movie musical ,"Deep In My Heart"(the film bio of Sigmund Romberg, starring Jose' Ferrer)and again, in " Interrupted Melody" , the film story of opera great Marjorie Lawrence, who made a comeback, after being stricken with polio, starring Eleanor Parker(with dubbed voice of opera great, Eileen Farrell), a great movie, by the way. Was Mario Lanza approached to be in "Deep In My Heart" ? Howard Keel , Jane Powell, Vic Damone performed in it.
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Danny
05-22-2017
04:53 AM ET (US)
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Edited 05-22-2017 04:53 AM
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Ed
05-21-2017
04:48 PM ET (US)
I too am wondering about Sam. Sam and I are friends on Facebook. I wrote a message to him last night expressing our our concerns in his whereabout, I asked him to post or contact me on Facebook.
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Fred Day
05-21-2017
11:30 AM ET (US)
Martino: Thanks. I don't need the 1947 Romeo, since I have an excellent copy from the Sony CD set. I doubt that it can be improved any more than that issue. Ciao.
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Fred Day
05-21-2017
11:17 AM ET (US)
Dennis: I can think of one: American tenor and actor William Edward Olvis. His son, William Patrick Olvis, was a renown composer of music for movies and TV. Both are now deceased. Ciao.
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Fred Day
05-21-2017
11:11 AM ET (US)
Sam: I hope your new meds work, and you are back to normal soon. We all miss you. Best wishes. Ciao.
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Sam Samuelian
05-21-2017
07:51 AM ET (US)
Hi guys. We are basically okay but I am in one of my longest depressions ever and hoping new meds I just got will work. Thanks much for your concern. I will not be writing or reading until I'm past this.
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Dennis
05-21-2017
02:20 AM ET (US)
Fred and Martino, Speaking of Willies, isn’t it odd that so few noted male singers have William (or its equivalent in their language) as a first name? I could think of no tenors, and only Vilém Zitek as a bass, and Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender as a baritone. What am I missing? I looked for William, Bill, Guillaume (Fr), Wilhelm (Ger), Guglielmo (It), Guillermo (Sp), Villem (Scandinavian) and Liam.
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Martino to Fred
05-20-2017
08:23 PM ET (US)
Sirius plays only MET broadcasts.
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Martino to Fred/Gail
05-20-2017
08:16 PM ET (US)
I have been wondering about Sam too. He has his ups and downs but usually posts during his good periods. "Willie Tell"! Ha! I like that one. I will be watching for the Bjorling/Sayao "Romeo", it is broadcast every few months and I will let you know when.

Gail, I went to youtube to check out the clips you mentioned. They are very well done. I especially like Lanza singing "Thine Alone" to the skaters, Gordeeva and Grinkov.
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Ed to Fred
05-20-2017
08:11 PM ET (US)
Fred, I have Sam on Facebook I'll send him a message. Will let you know if he responds.
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Fred Day
05-20-2017
08:08 PM ET (US)
Martino: Does Sirius play only Met broadcasts, or do they also play opera broadcasts from other cities, both domestic and foreign?? Curious. Ciao.
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Fred Day
05-20-2017
08:03 PM ET (US)
Where is Sam Samuelian?? He hasn't posted here in quite some time. Sam, please post soon. Hope you are well. Best wishes. Ciao.
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Fred Day
05-20-2017
07:59 PM ET (US)
Martino: I like two Willies: Willie Tell by Rossini, and Willie Ratcliff by Mascagni. In the Orlando library system, we are fortunate: They have a pretty good selection of classical music, and also traditional pop like Sinatra, Streisand, etc, and even Elvis. Let me know if and when you get the 1947 Romeo. Ciao.
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Gail Swartz
05-20-2017
05:14 PM ET (US)
I like to hear Mario as the movie scenes from Romeo and Juliet ballet is played on YT
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Martino to Fred
05-20-2017
01:02 PM ET (US)
Yes, that "Romeo" has been issued a couple different times and it plays on Sirius quite often, I just have not made a recording of it yet. As far as music at my local libraries are concerned, the most "classic" it gets around here is Willie Nelson!
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Fred Day
05-20-2017
11:20 AM ET (US)
Martino: That 1947 Met Romeo has been released on CD from Sony Classical on their Met broadcast series. The sound quality is excellent, for its age. I would guess that Sirius is playing that re-issue. The Orlando public library has that set. I have made my own copy. Let me know if you want a copy. Sony Classical has also released the 1962 Met Tosca with Price, Corelli, MacNeil; and the 1950 Barber of Seville with Pons, Di Stefano, Valdengo. And the Orlando public library has those also. Ciao.
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Martino to Fred
05-20-2017
08:24 AM ET (US)
Glad you liked it, Fred. I was recording on the dvd timer again this morning when the storm blew a transformer and we lost electricity for a couple hours. The opera I was trying to record was "Romeo and Juliette" with Sayao and Bjorling, from 1947. It is considered one of the greatest broadcast performances from the MET of all time. I have it on record of course but thought the sound might be improved through Sirius. I'll just have to wait for another time I guess.
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Fred Day
05-20-2017
12:31 AM ET (US)
Martino: The Tosca that you sent sounds wonderful - the sound is excellent and it is a fine performance. I am very pleased. Thank you again, very much. Ciao.
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Ed to Suzanne
05-19-2017
06:44 PM ET (US)
Suzanne I'm with you my friend. The first time I heard My Song,My Love was on one of my first albums called Neopolitan Serenade and then on the coke show CDs. While a patient in the hospital I played Mario every day even turning some nurses on to Mario. Every time a doctor came I to tell me more serious information I relaxed and calmed down and put on our Mario and enjoyed every minute.
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Suzanne
05-19-2017
01:40 PM ET (US)
Listening once again the past few days to the first recordings I bought after rediscovering Mario , the "My Song, My Love collection." So many of my favorites that still thrill me . Afraid I'm totally close-minded when it comes to Mario..I can realize and appreciate other tenors, but only Mario for me. An absolute wonder. A question; was there someone who sang Tosca,who actually was killed in the last scene or is that a myth?
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Diane Cox
05-19-2017
01:03 PM ET (US)
I'd like Recondita, and E Lucevan, to be the last things I hear.
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Ed to Diane
05-19-2017
12:34 PM ET (US)
I echo what you said about Mario,and Martino even though TGC was not my first Mario LP it is my favorite of them all. IMHO no one sails across Parmi Vedet like Marlo, Una is another of mine but E Lucecan grabs my heart. I think these recordings trancends that of many others, they're just Mario.

PS doc visit today went well, progressing steadily!!
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Fred Day
05-19-2017
12:01 PM ET (US)
Ed: I'm sure Ed Sullivan invited Lanza to be on his TV show, prior to his move to Italy, but Mario was perhaps too busy with MGM, and his radio program. He may have declined due to his fear of "live TV". We know what happened on his first Chrysler Shower of Stars program. So Sullivan decided to go to Rome to record Lanza for his TV show, in 1957. Ciao.
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Fred Day
05-19-2017
11:54 AM ET (US)
Martino: I received my copy of Tosca from you this morning - many thanks. I will be playing it later today, or tomorrow. Thanks again. By the way, Barioni did record an almost complete Tosca for the "Met Club" label, same year - also starring Dorothy Kirsten and Frank Guarrera. Nice recording. A few small cuts - the shepherd boy scene is cut. Ciao.
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Diane Cox
05-18-2017
07:43 PM ET (US)
Martino, sorry but I cannot compare anyone with Lanza. Even after hearing this so many times, it never fails to give me chills, and bring tears to my eyes. How lucky we are to have decent recordings of him.
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Martino to Ed
05-18-2017
06:01 PM ET (US)
That was quick! Glad you got it. Like I said, don't worry about the first ten minutes or so of other stuff, "Tosca" will begin in time. You won't find a technically perfect performance here but they all sang their hearts out. Listen to Barioni especially in "Recondita Armonia". Speaking of that, a few years ago I wrote a post about this aria and the way Lanza approached it. If you don't mind, and have a few minutes to spare, I would like to re-post for anyone interested:

"I just finished listening to "The Great Caruso" album on my MP3 player and one needs no further inspiration to talk about Lanza than listening to this album!

"Tosca" is one of Puccini's most beloved and popular operas and it was a favorite of both Mario Lanza and his hero, Enrico Caruso. The most famous tenor aria from this opera is "E'lucevan le Stelle" and Mario Lanza was particularly fond of it. We must have nearly a dozen different performances/recordings of his singing this aria from the very earliest home recordings he made right up to the end at RAH. With the possible exception of "Vesti La Giubba", we have more versions of this aria than any other opera excerpt he sang. We have spoken many times about Lanza's magnificent singing of this, both live and on record. I don't think there is much more to say than we already have.

However, the "other" major Tosca aria for tenor, "Recondita Armonia", is one we have not fully explored, at least not that I can recall. It occurs in the first act and is melancholy in its expressive love theme, unlike the theme of despair we find in "E'lucevan". It requires just as much passion but of quite a different nature. The expressiveness needed in this aria is also ideally suited to the incredible talents of both Caruso and Lanza, although both have their own interpretation of how to go about it. Lanza recorded and performed this aria many times but my favorite version appears in the album, "The Great Caruso", which I just listened to and got me thinking about this. He did not sing it in the movie but he included it on the album.

The music Puccini gave to "Recodita" requires a bit more of a lyrical quality than "E'lucevan", which is better served up in a more dramatic style. A lyrico/spinto is ideal in the first aria, a lyrico/dramatico is ideal for the second. DelMonaco and Giacommini were more effective with "E'lucevan", Pavarotti and DiStefano were more effective with "Recondita", although they were of course superb with everything they sang from this opera. One of my great opera memories was attending a performance of "Tosca" starring the Pav and the incredible Magda Olivero, in the title role. Luciano was brilliant but even he was overshadowed by the unbelievable performance of Olivero that night. Both Lanza and Caruso had the talent to freely move back and forth seamlessly between the two types of vocal requirements, and were equally at home with both arias.

What "Recondita" needs, at least initially, to be successful is beauty of tone. In this regard Lanza is unmatched. From the very first few words sung, even if you never heard the Lanza voice before, you know you are hearing something very, very special. The expressing of true love (in this case cleverly done through the contrasts of Cavaradossi's painting of the Madonna with the qualities of Tosca) can not just be sung, it must be felt from the inside (as you will hear Barioni do). And perhaps most of all, melancholy or almost plaintive in nature - tender by all means but not too sweet and sugar coated. It is a fine line for the singer to tow. A voice like Franco Corelli was just this type and explains how a big voice such as his could still be so effective in this most tender moment of inner reflection. Lanza could communicate this sort of thing better than just about anyone, even if he is doing it in typical Lanza style. The incredible phrasing, especially with the all important emphasis required on certain words is present in spades. For example, the word "ardente", which all Italians MUST give emphasis to whenever it is sung, is effectively done on the Lanza recording - he truly understood how important this sort of thing was.

Every word Lanza sings here is clear as a bell. Listen closely to how he sings the aforementioned "ardente" and you will comprehend what he was trying to say, even if you don't understand the meaning of the word itself. Caruso, especially in the earlier recording he made of this aria in 1904, understood this too. Just listen to the tender "cry" in the Caruso voice as he sings this aria. Lanza does not have this particular quality in his voice (he never had it and I doubt he had the ability to really summon it) and he sings it much more "modern" and full voiced style than does Enrico. I could be wrong but I believe it is Caruso who is closer to the ideal interpretation wanted by Puccini.

Here are the two versions by Lanza and Caruso for you to enjoy. Do you think Lanza leaned something about how to sing this from the master? Or do you think they are different enough that Lanza went his own way right from the start? Certainly they are different in approach with Lanza moving in a more thrilling direction but is that direction more, or less effective than Caruso? Both are as good as it gets in their own way but Lanza has my vote by a whisker thanks to his beauty of tone (and the quality of his recording over the funnel sound Caruso had available in his day which proves to be too great a distraction for critical listening). It should also be noted that the orchestra was updated and added to the Caruso recording later, for better or worse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw-pOOdm7bs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZBu5OO2iKc&feature=related"
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Ed to Martino
05-18-2017
03:35 PM ET (US)
I got the recording today and I have the whole day free tomorrow after a brief visit in the am with my GP, I'll tune in then, thanks so much.
Two other things; I'm in the middle of Cesari's book and enjoying it.

I always wondered why Mario made just one appearance on the Sullivan Show and not just the video from Italy?
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Stephen of Las Vegas
05-17-2017
09:17 AM ET (US)
Derek Mannering mentioned back on April 12 that Mark Vincent's video about his tribute CD to Mario Lanza was online. For a few weeks now, not only that video has been available, but also all the songs on his tribute CD are on Youtube. Plus. a video of the virtual duet of Mark and Mario singing "Because You're Mine" is also available. Check out everything on the first 2 pages here:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_que...vincent+mario+lanza
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Len (UK)
05-17-2017
03:47 AM ET (US)
Gail, Chris,

Thanks for replies. I have just ordered a copy of the vocal score via ebay uk. The cover of the score has a picture of my home town tenor; David Hughes who suffered a heart attack performing as Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hughes_(tenor) He died for his art. I have an LP of his. He is not in the higher ranks of tenors by I can enjoy his voice.

I sometimes think that ebay is often about finding the right search term.

Thanks again.
Edited 05-17-2017 04:08 AM
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Gail Swartz
05-17-2017
12:20 AM ET (US)
Len, I bought an OLD book of songs and it has The Song of India. Do you want a copy of the song or just the words?
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Ed to Martino
05-16-2017
05:55 PM ET (US)
Thank you for the DVD I'm looking forward to hearing it. I didn't know Jussi was supposed to have sung the role, would've been superb.
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Martino to Fred
05-16-2017
05:20 PM ET (US)
I thought that soprano was Catherine Malfitano, for some reason but I googled it and it appears the first "bouncing" Tosca was Dame Eva Turner. This is the stuff of what is known as opera "Spoofa" so take it for a grain of salt. I do know Malfitano was fearless in her jump as she would take a running start and just make a leap. Most sopranos stand by the edge and jump off but Catherine must have been a sky diver!!
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Fred Day
05-16-2017
04:54 PM ET (US)
Who was the Tosca who jumped off the parapet at the end of "Tosca", landed on a trampoline set up for her, and bounced back in clear view of the audience, to much laughter and applause!! When and where did this occur?? Was it the Met?? Or more probably in Italy?? Curious. Ciao.
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Fred Day
05-16-2017
04:37 PM ET (US)
Martino: Many thanks - looking forward to that Tosca. Unfortunately, Jussi never did a Met broadcast of Cavaradossi. But fortunately, he recorded the entire role for RCA in stereo, with Milanov and Warren, a superb recording. Thanks again. Ciao.
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Chris Johns to Len
05-16-2017
03:14 PM ET (US)

The site is not letting me upload an address so here is a photo from eBay USA
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Martino to Ed and Fred
05-16-2017
03:05 PM ET (US)
I mailed the "Tosca" disk to each of you. Don't worry about the first ten minutes or so as there was a time delay in the recording and it picked up some of the previous program. Also, there may be a left channel disabled but it returns before the performance starts. The end goes on to other programming as well as I timed the recordings to be sure the entire opera was captured. Just pop it into your dvd player and play it through your stereo system as you normally would any dvd and you should get the audio just fine (there is no picture of course). Let me know how they turned out. BTW, I forgot to mention that Barioni was a last minute replacement for this performance. This is one time I wish Barioni was not singing as he filled in for none other than Jussi Bjorling!
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Len (UK)
05-16-2017
01:05 PM ET (US)
The good forum folk here helped me source a copy of the vocal score of ‘Guardian Angels’ a couple of years back. This time I am after a vocal score for ‘Song of India’. It is easy enough to buy a full score of Sadko which is the opera by Rimsky-Korsakov from which it originates. I can also find a piano score and the Tommy Dorsey instrumental jazz arrangement. Alas, a vocal score with Johnny Mercer’s lyrics seemingly cannot be found anywhere. I can find books of Mercer songs but Song of India is never included. Any ideas? Otherwise I might have to buy the piano score and try to insert the lyrics as best as I can.
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Bill Ronayne
05-13-2017
02:24 PM ET (US)
Hi Suzanne: email me at wjronayne@optonline.net. Best, Bill
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Suzanne
05-13-2017
12:42 PM ET (US)
For Bill so many family things going on, LOB slipped my mind of a while. Interested. Please let me know. thanks.
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Martino to Ed
05-12-2017
10:57 PM ET (US)
That is one of my all time favorites too, Ed. Jussi sings with some of the great sopranos of the time, including Milanov, Tebaldi and Albanese. His duets with Robert Merrill are treasures, especially two that are light years apart in style but both handled beautifully by these exceptional singers - "Otello" and "Pearl Fishers".

Incidentally, there are forum members and occasional guests that stop in asking about where to find certain Mario Lanza disks and LP albums. Although most can eventually be found on ebay if you check often enough, there is another site that sells new to slightly used and hard to find Lanza records and disks, even those issued in foreign countries. Those foreign offerings are particularly prized by collectors due to their rare and unique covers. If anyone is looking for a specific Lanza title (or just about anyone else for that matter) you can go to the following site and you will probably find what you are looking for: https://www.discogs.com/search/?q=mario+lanza&type=all&page=1
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Ed
05-12-2017
04:44 PM ET (US)
Just finished listening to the Arias and Duets with Jussi, Merrill and Tebaldi, one of my favorite CDs.
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Fred Day
05-11-2017
11:13 PM ET (US)
Martino: Yes, my address is still the same - since Feb 1979. Many thanks, much appreciated. Ciao.
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Martino to Ed
05-11-2017
08:03 PM ET (US)
Got it.
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Ed to Martino
05-11-2017
06:15 PM ET (US)
I'm not sure I did it right so I will give it here.
Edward McManus
187 Quintard St
Staten Island, NY 10305
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Martino to Fred/Ed
05-11-2017
03:48 PM ET (US)
I think the recording came out okay as long as I finalized it properly. I was able to make a dvd of the Albanese "Tosca" performance last night by timer recording (there is no picture of course, only audio). I am going to try something else also on Sunday afternoon which is the last of this "Tosca" run Sirius will present for a while. Fred, are you still at Horse Shoe Bend? Ed, send me your address at my Rense forum email addy of masteroftheshortgame@gmail.com. I will try to get them out next week.

The performance is not like ones you hear today, which are often technically perfect (this one is not), but what you will hear is not only the singers' voices but their blood and guts like you don't usually find in modern performances. Licia knew she was a little light for "Tosca" and she was also up against a wonderful stable of "Toscas" at the time at the MET, such as Milanov, Tebaldi and right around the corner, Callas and Price would be busting out. She seemed to sense this and gave it her all. Barioni also was up against some great "Marios" during this time but he could hold his own with any of them, even if a little unevenness would creep in now and then. Before the third act, the announcer mentioned that Mario Del Monaco, who seldom saluted other tenors, named Barioni's voice the most beautiful of the time. I'm not so sure about that but Del Monaco should know. Post back when you receive the disk and let me know if it came out okay.
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Gail Swartz
05-10-2017
05:24 PM ET (US)
This awesome good news!! If only Mario had lived in this time. I am still in awe of his voice and the talent for learning so many songs.
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Ed to All my friends here
05-10-2017
03:09 PM ET (US)
First off I want to tell you thanks for concern with my health. At this time my surgeon discharged me with no restrictions, my heart doctor has seen me on Monday and although on meds told me no restrictions and see him back in four months because EKG is normal. My pulmonary doc is sending me for several tests to see if my clot is gone because of my meds, he suspects so and then one less med. Sorry for the long post, this has been my life for the past almost four months. My goal now is to gain about 10-12 pounds and I'll be back at the gym by late summer and Yes Suzanne I'm my old self once more.

Martino, thank you very much I greatly appreciate your kindness.
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Fred Day
05-10-2017
12:20 PM ET (US)
Martino: I hope you are successful. I use Ripvinyl, a program I purchased about 12 or 13 years ago, for only $10. It records anything - audio only, not the video. It records to my Windows media player, and I burn CD's from there. I have recorded many things from youtube. I use it often. You might want to investigate ripvinyl. Good luck. Ciao. PS - Barioni is a favorite of mine. Ciao.
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Martino to Fred/Ed
05-10-2017
10:51 AM ET (US)
I received your email, Fred, and I will respond here to you and Ed. I will be happy to make a recording if I can for both of you of the Albanese "Tosca". Things have changed over the last year with Sirius in that they no longer permit recordings. I use to set my dvr to record performances I was interested in (sometimes broadcast in the wee hours of the morning or late at night). This allowed me to play back the opera at my convenience and I would then decide if I wanted to keep it by archiving it to an external hard drive (I no longer use disks to save the recordings). But since Sirius disabled the ability to record (or even pause) the broadcast, I find myself only listening to the performances when I can and it must be done in real time. For example, the next "Tosca" broadcast will start tonight at mid-night and finish after 2:00 am. I may try to bring out my old dvd recorder to see if I can still record on disk but I suspect Sirius has also encoded the signal to prevent that as well. I'll just have to try to find out what works.

So, if I succeed I will make a direct copy for Fred and try to duplicate it for Ed with a burnt disk. It will be fun to experiment with all this but I may not be successful - I will let you guys know. Oh, I almost forgot that there is another device I might use that I have not played with for a while and that is recording via my hdmi output (if Sirius is not encoded and receptive) to a FAT32 formatted USB pen drive. If that works you could put it in your computer or even a tv, a/v receiver or dvd player (such as Oppo) that has a USB port and play it that way. You could play it through any device that has a USB port. I will see what if anything works.
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Suzanne
05-10-2017
10:44 AM ET (US)
Ross, thanks for your reply. I, too,feel as Martino . All compared with Mario.Ed. sounding like your"old" self . Good!
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Ed to Martino
05-10-2017
08:59 AM ET (US)
Our friend Fred is making me jealous regarding Tosca. Might I call upon your good nature as a Lanza fan and ask for a copy of same. I will cover the cost. Lately I'm mad about the Turandot with Bjorling and Tenaldi, simply exciting to me. I ask you to email at McElvis1948@aol.com when you can. Thanks Ed.
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Fred Day
05-09-2017
10:24 PM ET (US)
Toni Dalli is still alive, he will turn 84 on Nov 28th of this year. Ciao.
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Fred Day
05-09-2017
10:12 PM ET (US)
Daniele Barioni is still alive, age 86. He will turn 87 on Sept 6th of this year. Ciao.
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Fred Day
05-09-2017
09:26 PM ET (US)
Kristine: Saverio Saridis is retired. He lives in Coral Springs, Florida. He will turn 84 next month. Ciao.
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Fred Day
05-09-2017
09:18 PM ET (US)
Martino: I agree, also. I am a dyed in the wool nostalgia buff, and always will be. I would love to have a copy of the 1957 Tosca you mentioned. I will email you. Thanks. Ciao.
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Ed to Gail
05-09-2017
06:06 PM ET (US)
Word was that when Lara who composed Granada heard Lanza sing it he said that was the way he wanted it sung.
Martino, I'm with you and Ross in recollecting about our past performers. I remember hearing Jussi for the first time I was amazed and that was about 45 years ago. My cousin had a great stereo it was a Blaupunkt and we played many recordings by Jussi on the old Seraphim and London labels. As for me I don't think we'll hear the likes of him again. We also listened to Warren. His uncle had many reel tapes from Saturday broadcasts with Milton Cross ( good days my friend ) Then I was introduced to Mario and my world was made better.
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Martino to Ross
05-09-2017
08:57 AM ET (US)
Exactly right, Ross. And there is no better example of what you said than Mario Lanza.
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Kristine
05-09-2017
06:18 AM ET (US)
I think I read, one time, that one reason, Mario Lanza didn't like "Because You're Mine", was he didn't want to end up like Lauritz Melchior, who was in M-G-M movie musicals, as part of the comedy themes. Does anyone know whatever happened to tenors Saverio Saridis(a former N.Y. City Policeman), Aldo Monaco, Ken Corday ? I remember Bing Crosby was promoting Aldo Monaco, Ed Ames(The Ames Brothers, later, Mingo on "Daniel Boone" t.v. series)was promoting Corday, thought he was the greatest since Lanza. Years ago, on a radio show, in my hometown, Utica, N.Y., the radio show host played a recording of a tenor named Gianni Costa. The host said Sammy Cahn discovered him. Costa sounded like a mixture of Lanza and Dennis Day.
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ROSS (UK) to SUZANNE & MA
05-09-2017
04:44 AM ET (US)
Hi Suzanne,
At the time BYM was issued our "new" Queen was Elizabeth II and word was she really liked Mario's singing and style ...and showed it by choosing BYM as her "Royal Command Performance " film for her first year. This would have increased its popularity even more.
I am not sure why, but by this time it is possible Mario's "troubles" over SP were brewing and for one reason or another he couldn't come over to be present at the occasion (hence his "apology" to the "British Public" for it being a "long time" at the Palladium show)

Incidentally I agree with Martino's comments ...I too find myself comparing "modern" Tenors (and singers in general) with past ones, and with a few exceptions find them lacking.
Very often the two criticisms that spring to mind are commitment, and sincerity they often seem to be singing the way their music school teacher TOLD them it should be done rather than finding a NEW way..."THEIR" way.
A great author is "great" because he writes HIS way, bringing freshness to his work, if he just wrote
the way his tutors taught him to he would become a "hack"....just producing "good enough" work...but never excelling. This applies to singers too.
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Martino
05-08-2017
08:32 PM ET (US)
WOW! What a red hot Metropolitan Opera performance of "Tosca" from 1957. Licia Albanese in the title role, Daniele Barioni as Mario and Leonard Warren as Scarpia. I had never heard this performance before until just now on Sirius. This is how opera was meant to be sung! And later tonight another sure to please classic - "Ernani" (1965) with perhaps an even greater cast featuring Leontyne Price, Franco Corelli, Cesare Siepi, Mario Sereni and conducted by the great Thomas Schippers. Can't get better than that! I remember hearing this exact performance live over the radio and it was unforgettable. If I recall correctly, Marian Anderson, Leontyne's soul mate and inspiration, was in the audience that day to hear this great performance.

I know this is all history and we need to support current singers and the new productions if opera is to survive but I constantly find myself nostalgic to a fault. Although I can enjoy some of the current performances, if I had a choice I would rather listen to these older ones on record or radio than go out of my way to attend them live these days. I invariably compare what I am hearing to what I have heard and I too often leave disappointed. That is a shame in a way but that is how it is, for me at least. How do other members of the forum feel?
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Dennis
05-08-2017
04:52 PM ET (US)
Bill, thanks for your news about Matt. I haven't read anything on the site from him for awhile and was getting worried about him. Who else can we depend upon to give us the latest opinion on the beautiful Netrebko?
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Bill Ronayne
05-07-2017
11:34 PM ET (US)
The Met 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center gala concert was superb. Wonderful singing and great use of projection visuals. Our friend Matt Minzer was there and sends his best to everyone. Best Bill
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Fred Day
05-07-2017
03:45 AM ET (US)
Diane: Very good - I enjoyed it. Alagna was excellent. Ciao.
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Diane Cox
05-06-2017
06:33 PM ET (US)
Fred: How was Cyrano?
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Fred Day
05-05-2017
06:45 PM ET (US)
Tomorrow's Met radio broadcast is a rare one: Cyrano De Bergerac by Alfano. Roberto Alagna sings the title role and tenor Atalla Ayan sings the role of Christian. It starts at 12:30 pm eastern time, a half hour earlier than usual. I look forward to it. Enjoy. Ciao.
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Suzanne
05-05-2017
11:52 AM ET (US)
Gail, I've watched BYM many times and though Mario was said to have disliked it, I found the film charming. Hard to believe he didn't want to make it, having done such a great job . Understand it was a come down from TGC , but he hid it well. I wonder why the Brits chose it over others. Loved the Bobby Van performance, as well...
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Gail Swartz
05-05-2017
11:09 AM ET (US)
TCM played BYM Wed night...recorded it...played back Thursday......Mario had so many different looks in this film..his voice had that squillo that you hear about in tenors..and that. Wonderful Granada!!!!!!Truly the best version.
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Ed
05-05-2017
10:48 AM ET (US)
I've been enjoying the different recording of Loveliest Night it is great.
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Fred Day
05-02-2017
09:28 PM ET (US)
Mike: A slight facial resemblance, perhaps. But a unique piano style, often imitated, but never duplicated. There are many Cavallaro selections on youtube. I particularly liked his rendition of Enlloro - Voodoo Moon. He played that in the film Hollywood Canteen - that scene can be seen on youtube. Most enjoyable. And yes, Tyrone Power was excellent as Eddy Duchin. Cavallaro was actually a much better pianist than Duchin. I love the "Chopsticks" scene from The Eddy Duchin Story - that is also on youtube. Ciao.
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Ed
05-02-2017
08:11 PM ET (US)
I enjoyed The Duchin Story I think Tyrone Power did a good job in the portrayal. Tyrone was good friends with Mario.
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Mike M to Fred
05-02-2017
11:52 AM ET (US)
"the Eddy Duchin Story" gave Carmen Cavallaro's career a huge boost. Probably his biggest selling album by far. Didn't he kind of resemble Guy Lombardo?
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Gail Swartz
05-01-2017
11:57 PM ET (US)
I am just grateful that Mario recorded as many songs as he did. He sang songs as well, even better than some of his idols and contemporaries. I hope the Mark Vincent "duet" with Mario does not put Mario in a poor light because they used two different items....the scene and the recording. Singers do not sing the same way every time they sing a tune. Mario fit his singing to his audience.
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Fred Day
05-01-2017
09:56 AM ET (US)
Ed: I agree. Pe' Che was Tony's (Mario's dad) favorite song. Not very many have recorded it. In modern times, Di Stefano & Corelli made nice records of it. I also wish Lanza had recorded it in 1959. Ciao.
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Fred Day
05-01-2017
09:50 AM ET (US)
Carolyn: Thanks for the info. 61 is still young - I am now 74. I also love the great pianists, both classical and popular. My favorite among the pop pianists was Carmen Cavallaro. Ciao.
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Kristine
05-01-2017
06:01 AM ET (US)
Carolyn, my sympathy and condolences to you and family.
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Ed
04-30-2017
07:24 PM ET (US)
I've been listening to Caruso's Pe Che and would liked if Mario had done it on his last album, we have only that one snippet when he was 19.
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SUZANNE
04-30-2017
06:34 PM ET (US)
Carolyn, so very sorry for this latest loss to you and your family. Sounds like such a good man. Hope you're doing ok.
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Carolyn Prince Lambert
04-30-2017
05:28 PM ET (US)
Thank you for your kindness. Jeff was only 61. He was returning from vacation in San Diego back home to Omaha w/his wife when he said he felt nauseous on the plane. As they went down the escalator, he felt dizzy and they planned to rest, but he collapsed when they were just to the bottom The EMTs tried to revive him, but we believe he passed right away most likely from a aortic aneurysm. In answer to your question Fred, Jeff played the piano mainly. He was also accomplished in the guitar, French horn. As a child of the 60s he started off with his own garage bad playing the rock music but eventually evolved into his love of the classics. His first music teacher whom Mom got from a referral at the local Rutgers University here in New Brunswick, NJ was Brian Dallow from England who him and his wife were also friends of Dudley Moore who as a accomplished pianist and they actually took Dudley into their home and took care of him in his last years when he passed from a neurological disease. Jeff loved Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Arthur Rubenstein, all the greats. So I guess with him and Mom you can see we were a very musical family. Thank you again. It's nice to talk about him and mom. Mom would encourage him in his music and they would go to concerts here in Lincoln Center in NYC & other places in his growing up years.
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Fred Day
04-30-2017
11:10 AM ET (US)
Carolyn: My sincere sympathy on the loss of your brother Jeff. How old was he?? I presume he was still a young man. Did his heart attack occur while he was on the plane, returning home?? As a musician, what was his instrument?? Piano?? Piano was my instrument. I played professionally for many years. I agree with Martino's sentiments. My sincere sympathy and condolences. Ciao.
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Kristine
04-30-2017
05:57 AM ET (US)
Bill, my sympathy and condolences to you, family.
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Martino to Carolyn
04-29-2017
09:28 PM ET (US)
When it rains it pours. So sorry to hear about your brother. Yes, he is with Thelma now and they are looking down at you and I am sure they are proud as can be. I can tell from your posts you are a good hearted woman, maybe not as Waylon described but a good woman for sure. You are welcome here anytime!
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Carolyn Prince Lambert
04-29-2017
08:03 PM ET (US)
I'm sorry to be posting more sad news. My only sibling my brother Jeff Prince passed away tragically last Tues returning to his hometown Omaha, NE airport from a California vacation. He passed suddenly from a heart attack. Please keep our family in your prayers as he leaves behind a wife & six children who all dearly loved him. Jeff was a talented musician who attended McGill University in Montreal and graduated with a degree in music. He will be dearly missed by all. Now he is with mom in Heaven listening to the most beautiful heavenly cords. Blessings to all and live each moment to the fullest. Thank you so much and I have to say I've been reading some of the messages and getting educated and what a wonderful birthday for the man who is 102 years young. Blessings to all. Love Carolyn Prince Lambert
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Bill Ronayne
04-29-2017
03:28 PM ET (US)
Gail and Suzanne: Email me at mariolanzainstitute@verizon.net re the Lanza on Broadway LP. Best, Bill
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SUZANNE
04-28-2017
10:38 AM ET (US)
Happy birthday to you Bill Earl. Delighted to hear about you. Many blessings. Thank you for your Military service and for everything you've done for our Mario.
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Kristine
04-27-2017
04:26 PM ET (US)
Happy 102nd Birthday, Bill Earl ! Thank you for your service in World War II !
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Gail Swartz
04-27-2017
01:24 PM ET (US)
Hope Bill in UK got to wait h the new Mario DVD...Got mine yesterday and cried almost all the way through it...wished that they had used more photos.
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Derek Mannering
04-27-2017
12:07 PM ET (US)

I've met a number of exceptional people through my association with Mario Lanza's legacy over the years and high on that list is Bill Earl, vice-chairman of the British Mario Lanza Society. Bill turns 102 in May and what better way for him to celebrate that milestone than to co-author a book on his time as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps during WWII.

The book is officially published tomorrow and Bill will be in attendance for the launch:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Bandages-Fi...ywords=william+earl

Bill is a remarkable man and I am proud to call him my friend. Bravo Bill!
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Diane Cox
04-25-2017
08:53 PM ET (US)
Looks like we've been discovered by the trolls network.
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Suzanne
04-25-2017
01:36 PM ET (US)
Carolyn, sure Thelma deserved all the accolades. How good that she was able to "travel all over the world, yet came back to Mario each time. She will be missed.
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Ed to Carolyn
04-25-2017
09:46 AM ET (US)
I've just now seen your post about mom's passing, please accept my condolences. My postings here of about ten years has given me many friends, and many good fans have left us over the years now included is your mom. As long as someone turns on a Lanza recording we will be ok.
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Carolyn Lambert
04-24-2017
11:55 PM ET (US)
Thank you all for your kind and wonderful messages & terrific remembrances of mom. It really made my day, and I'm so glad I thought to look up the forum. I didn't know if you had to get pre-approved to be a member, but just took a shot at it and so glad I was able to post. Mom was a night owl as some of you could probably tell from her posting times (LOL), and a lot of times I would spend the occasional weekend w/her doing mom/daughter things and when she was moderator, she would be looking at the forum & keeping an eye on the "detractors". She was always saying I don't know why some people have to be so mean. Why can't they just enjoy the music and say nice things. I guess that was a bit of a challenging period at times, but in a way I look back fondly at that time because mom was at the height of her activity then traveling all over the world, enjoying her beloved music, and I remember thinking she was so cool 2 years shy of 80 years old & taking the train to Philly all by herself and how excited she was to go to all the Mario events. She had come up from Georgia in 1943 to meet her sister at that same Philadelphia train station & it brought back a lot of wonderful memories for her. She told me it was a beautiful station with lots of artwork, etc. The last 3 months have been a whirlwind & just getting some quiet time to reflect on how much I miss her, but even reading a lot of the posts on her & not knowing as much about Mario Lanza as she did, it makes me feel closer to her & I'd like to stop in from time to time & maybe get a different kind of musical education. When Mom was diagnosed with the ovarian cancer last summer, she had consultation, but decided to forego the major operation she would have to have and in her southern genteel lady fashion commented "I'm just going to let nature take its course" and I have to say I think she had a much better quality of life. She kept up her love of people up until the end. I'm sorry. Don't mean to be running on here. Guess it's therapeutic for me, but thank you all for your kindness. It means more than you could now.
Edited 04-24-2017 11:56 PM
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Dennis
04-24-2017
06:42 PM ET (US)
Carolyn Lambert, thanks for updating us on your mom. She was such a treasure and I enjoyed so many posts from her. In fact, she was one that I had off-line email correspondence with because I admired her spirit and her love for music, including Mario Lanza's. She also did a conscientious job as moderator of this forum, although I know she was sorely irritated at times by some of the rare intemperate posts.

Yes, I know she was up in years, and some of our beloved older posters are fading away or already leaving this earth. But we were all blessed by such as she, and obviously she raised a considerate and thoughtful daughter. Thank you for your post.
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Dennis
04-24-2017
06:37 PM ET (US)
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Martino
04-24-2017
04:20 PM ET (US)
We talk about the "chaotic" times of the past and Roland is right, let us hope they do not return. I remember one of those little debates that turned into a full scale argument (although very minor compared to some others). It involved someone complaining about Mario Lanza singing "sharp" during a particular song (heaven forbid!!). Here is part of my response and "contribution" to that big argument at the time.

The fact of the matter is Lanza did sing "sharp" now and then, especially at the start of his career. But I must tell you I would rather celebrate the good singing Mario did and include the "bad" only as part of the whole song analysis, instead of concentrating specifically on sharp or flat notes or otherwise what people would consider "off-pitch" singing. The reason is that we have to go further to explain to people that in some cases that is not a terribly bad thing, or at least not as bad as it sounds. Singing sharp or flat is not what singers want to do of course, however, in some cases, such as Corelli and Lanza (and to a lessor extent, Jussi Bjorling), it could often enhance the excitement of the performance.

One thing that makes tenor singing exciting is that they often sing "on the edge", especially in the upper reaches of their voices. It is a very dangerous place to be and hitting every note spot on is of course the ideal but in so doing it could be suppressing the enthusiasm of the overall performance in lieu of "correctness". Will that "correctness" be as exciting to the audience? Is it the goal of the singer to be perfect in a technically enhanced way (Bergonzi comes to mind), in order to demonstrate artistic proficiency above all else, or is the goal to be as communicative and exciting as possible to the listener, which I believe describes Lanza? After you make your stylistic choice based on your training and personality, you sing accordingly.

Lanza singing sharp was usually a direct result of being too exuberant and we all know that Mario, especially in the first stage of his career, was one of the most "exuberant" singers of all time. The emotion gets the best of you and when you sing the way Lanza did with his trademark unrestrained enthusiasm, you are bound to go sharp sometimes and certainly more often than going flat. It also results in some inconsistency from song to song, even during the same session. The ending of "Cielo e Mar" always struck me as a little sharp but still a glorious sound and wonderful rendition overall. His early "Core in grato" is bursting with this enthusiasm and the whole thing seems sharp but more noticeably towards the end. Yet who would trade that kind of enthusiastic singing for the more technically perfect but restrained renditions we hear today?

Lanza's singing is dotted throughout his career with "Marioisms" - certain vocal characteristics that in most singers would be condemned but in Lanza's case, they actually added to his style and overall appeal. Singing a little sharp sometimes was simply one of those little "Marioisms" that made him the singer he was. Lanza was seldom "too" far off pitch to be truly ear shattering and jarring, but just enough to show you he wanted to sing dangerously, on the edge and with all his heart and passion, not just with his technique. He was willing to risk it and that made him the exciting singer he was. He would not be the Lanza we know if he sang any differently and you just have to accept a little sharpness along the way.

I am not too bothered by this bit of Lanza inconsistency that seems to annoy some people because as far as I am concerned, as I said, he seldom sang SO sharp that it was a major distraction. Listen to Joan Sutherland if every once in a while you want to really cringe in your seat over "sharpness". Despite this episodic occurrence, overall, she was an incredible singer. In comparison you seldom "cringe" at the sound of Mario's "sharpness". It is there sometimes but appears like a halo around the note, more "squillo than" a defect.

I am not necessarily trying to justify anyone's singing off-pitch but only trying to explain that in some cases it might not be so bad as "singing sharp" sounds. For me, at least in Lanza's case, I can accept it as one of those little "Marioisms" and I consider it no big deal at all.
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Kristine
04-24-2017
03:26 PM ET (US)
If I misspelled Chiachi, here is my correction: Chaichi.
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Kristine
04-24-2017
03:25 PM ET (US)
Sorry to hear that Erin Moran passed away at 56. RIP. She played Richie Cunningham's(Ron Howard)sister, Joanie on "Happy Days" and was , later, on spin-off "Joanie Loves Chiaci" with Scott Baio. Happy 75th Birthday to Barbra Streisand ! I think TCM will have a salute to her. I wonder if she liked Mario Lanza ? I know she was a fan of Joni James. The Packard Theater, at Library of Congress, shows old movies, as does Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I hope , one day, they will show a Mario Lanza movie. I wish TCM would release "The Great Caruso" to movie theaters.
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Derek Mannering
04-24-2017
03:05 PM ET (US)
As the third member of that breakfast group in Philly referred to by Roland and David below, I too extend my condolences to Thelma's family. She was a kind lady and brought much-needed calm as moderator to the often volatile forum here back in the day.
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Fred Day
04-24-2017
03:02 PM ET (US)
Happy Birthday to the great Barbra Streisand, and many more - she turns 75 today. And her voice is still wonderful as ever. Ciao.
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R L Bessette
04-24-2017
02:33 PM ET (US)
I met Thelma at the Philly Pops tribute to Mario Lanza and was part of the breakfast group David mentioned. She was, in every sense, a lady. She was kind and quite complimentary toward me. Recalling the occasion brings a smile. As Martino noted, she was a voice of reason during some chaotic times on this forum - which should not taken as a hope of them returning.
She lived long and well. My sympathy to all concerning her passing.
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Bill Ronayne
04-24-2017
01:44 PM ET (US)
Carolyn: sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I knew here from both the Mario Lanza Society of NY and Mario Lanza Institute events and always enjoyed seeing her and speaking with her. Condolences to you and the family. Best, Bill
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Vincent Ricciardi
04-24-2017
12:27 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, I'll never knock your choice for the "one tenor." I'm glad you appreciate my voice as well.

Savage & Fred, we'll see. I have a long list of stuff planned already, but this could be fun, especially if I can get an accompanist in here to perform with. Thanks for the suggestion.
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David Weaver
04-24-2017
12:19 PM ET (US)
Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Thelma seven years ago this month, when many Lanza fans gathered in Philadelphia for the Peter Nero and Philly Pops concert tribute to Mario. The next morning several of us, including Thelma, met for breakfast. She was a delightful and charming woman. She and I kept in touch afterwards, and when Thelma began to have health problems, I took over from her as moderator of this forum. As you said, she is at peace now. My sympathy to your entire family.
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Brian Harrison in England
04-24-2017
12:09 PM ET (US)
Dear Carolyn, I too am extremely sad to read of the passing of your Mother. She was always so friendly to me and took great interest in my family. I too appreciate what she did for this Forum and truly hope that you will contribute often to continue her love of Mario. Best wishes to you now and in the future. Brian.
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Fred Day
04-24-2017
11:44 AM ET (US)
Re: The Moon Was Yellow, Lanza mentions that song has haunted him for many years. It was recorded by Bing Crosby in Oct 1934, when it was new, with Georgie Stoll and his orchestra. (Lanza was only age 13 at that time.) That is probably the record that Lanza heard at that time. Ciao.
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Fred Day
04-24-2017
11:35 AM ET (US)
Phil UK: Lanza's Coke show Maria Mari is on the 1991 BMG CD "Be My Love", along with Danny Boy, My Wild Irish Rose, Torna a Surriento, and Neapolitan Love Song by Victor Herbert. All 5 songs from the Coke Show. I think this CD is still in print and available. It can be easily found on Amazon. The Moon Was Yellow originally appeared on the old RCA LP "A Kiss and Other Love Songs". Ciao.
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Fred Day
04-24-2017
11:19 AM ET (US)
I, also, express my sincere sympathy on the passing of Thelma Prince, a lovely lady, with class, and a staunch fan of Lanza. As I recall, she was a nurse for many years. She is much missed. Rest in Peace. Ciao.
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Suzanne
04-24-2017
11:02 AM ET (US)
Carolyn, I've been thinking about Thelma lately and how we hadn't heard from her.. I'm sorry for your loss, she was a true fan of our wonderful Mario.
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Carolyn Prince Lambert
04-24-2017
09:31 AM ET (US)
Thank you Martino and Kristine for your kind words about mom. I do remember your name Martino and yes she did enjoy corresponding with her fellow Mario Lanza devotees. Maybe I'll come on here from time to time and see what folks are posting. I know a little bit about his music. I remember years ago when mom and I went to Rome and when I came back I was listening to some of her albums (that's when we still had albums LOL) and I always loved his song Serenade. In a nice sort of way, it makes me feel closer to her reading the comments on here and knowing this was something she loved. Have a wonderful day all. Carolyn Prince Lambert
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phil uk
04-24-2017
07:12 AM ET (US)
i dont know why but i seemed to have been blind for i had not played nor heard Mario singing "The moon was yellow" probably because i dont play a cd right through just selective tracks etc,so i got a shock when i played the recent Sepia release "One Alone" & found Mario singing the movie theme to the film noir movie "Gilda" a firm favourite of mine & boy does he sing it well.This is not an easy song for a tenor to sing but Mario again gives it his all & what great sound i thought he was in my living room.Lesson i must play cds right through.By the way i dont believe the Coke show "Maria Marie" has ever been put on commercial cd!Why?
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Martino to Carol
04-24-2017
06:26 AM ET (US)
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Thelma was for many years one of the cornerstones of this forum. She took the place of Edna Fallon when she died as the "Grand Dame" of Mario Lanza fans and I recall many nice, personal email discussions with her, as well as her many contributions in public posts. You are correct, she was a moderator here for a long time and was always a voice of reason during some of our most chaotic times of the past. Thelma's input was always sincere and heart felt. Thank you for letting us know. She will be missed.
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Kristine
04-24-2017
06:16 AM ET (US)
Carolyn, I'm sorry to hear your mother, Thelma passed away. My sympathy and condolences to you and family.
50444
Carolyn Prince Lambert
04-24-2017
01:22 AM ET (US)
Hello all. I'm glad I was able to find this forum. I tried to post a previous message, but I don't know if it went thru. I know a lot of you probably remember my mom Thelma Faye Cain Prince. I believe awhile back she was a moderator on here and she certainly loved the music of Mario Lanza. Sadly, I hate to inform you but mom passed away this past January 24, 2017 at home surrounded by lots of love after a long illness. Even though physically, she was unable to keep up a lot of her "whirlwind activities" I know the love of Mr. Lanza's music was always with her & she always enjoyed posting & reading the various messages on this forum. I see on here where you had a luncheon in Philadelphia today. I believe mom went to the Mario Lanza ball a few years ago & I remembered how thrilled she was to be able to make the trip. Her love of all music was one of the highlights of her life & I'm glad I was able to be able to post on this forum. She's at peace & in a much happier place free from all pain. I thank all of you for your kindness to her over the years and she certainly loved posting her input on Mario and his music. Blessings to all of you and keep up the good work. Sincerely, Carolyn Prince Lambert
50443
David Weaver
04-23-2017
10:52 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the heads up, Dennis. I delete them as soon as I am aware of them, but I'm not on the site all the time. These folks remind me of when I worked for WOSU, the public television station here in Columbus. Every time we did a pledge drive we'd get prank calls from people using names like Dick Hertz and Connie Lingus. Amazed that people have nothing better to do.
Edited 04-23-2017 10:53 PM
50442
Bill Ronayne
04-23-2017
09:57 PM ET (US)
The Mario Lanza Institute would like to thank those that attended today's Mario Lanza Museum Benefit Luncheon in Philadelphia as well as those that made donations. We listened to the new Best of Everything CD and sold all of the copies that the museum had on hand. I gave a video presentation on the upcoming 65th anniversary of Because You're Mine including a slide show, the trailer for the film, clips from the movie and Mario singing the title song from the Palladium appearance. It was a fine afternoon and a successful fundraiser. Best, Bill
Edited 04-23-2017 09:58 PM
50441
Dennis
04-23-2017
08:31 PM ET (US)
Thanks webmaster for the troll deletion. But today two new ones show up! Mellissa and Gilberto. Why are they picking on us? I realize that Mario was as sexy as they come, but unlikely that any posters here are in the same category.
  Messages 50440-50439 deleted by author 04-23-2017 10:49 PM
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Ed to Diane
04-23-2017
04:23 PM ET (US)
She's my favorite and could we ever imagine her and Lanza duetting ?
50437
Diane Cox
04-23-2017
01:01 PM ET (US)
Enjoyed Eugene Oneigen yesterday. Ms Netrebko was excellent, and inspired the rest of the cast to be their best.
50436
Ed
04-23-2017
08:48 AM ET (US)
To all on the east coast TMK is running TMC now.
50435
Ed
04-22-2017
09:39 PM ET (US)
David, I was gonna msg you on FB but glad to see them gone
50434
RenseWebmasterPerson was signed in when posted
04-22-2017
08:09 PM ET (US)
Thanks, Dennis. Trolls are gone . . . until they return.
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Dennis
04-22-2017
05:20 PM ET (US)
Time to delete the trolls: Stanley, Jermaine, Gale, and possibly Aaron John. The best way to lessen graffiti is to erase it quickly.
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Bill Ronayne
04-22-2017
09:47 AM ET (US)
OK, I'll look at the museum the next time I'm there. I'm sure we have several copies of the original album. Best, Bill
50428
Gail Swartz
04-22-2017
09:05 AM ET (US)
Bill, that's the one!
50427
Ed Gail
04-22-2017
09:03 AM ET (US)
The original has no picture of Mario the cover has a woman dressed in a flowing gown dancing.
50426
Gail Swartz
04-22-2017
08:42 AM ET (US)
Glad you like . Do not need a dating site....looking at my husband of 52 years right in front of me!
50425
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Gail Swartz
04-22-2017
08:32 AM ET (US)
Bill, the original LOB is the one that I would like. I have the one with the pictured bust of Mario.
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Diane Cox
04-22-2017
08:18 AM ET (US)
Will be seeing Eugene Onegin with Anna Netrebko today.
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Ed to Bill
04-21-2017
09:40 PM ET (US)
Bill, I have both, my original was lost in a move many years ago then I purchased Pure Gold and didn't care for its sound, I recently purchased LOB from Amazon for $10 in excellent shape no scratches and cover mint. LOB is excellent but not my favorite that would be AHB.
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Bill Ronayne
04-21-2017
09:01 PM ET (US)
The Pure Gold LOB album has the electronically enhanced stereo. The original is only mono if I remember. Selection wise it's the same but the covers are different. Best, Bill
Edited 04-21-2017 09:01 PM
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Kristine
04-21-2017
08:40 PM ET (US)
Happy Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd ! Mario Lanza sang "Trees" on a recording.
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Fred Day
04-21-2017
01:47 PM ET (US)
The man on the Jimmy Kimmel show looked uncannily very much like Pavarotti, but his singing voice was baritone, not tenor. But a good baritone voice, to be sure. Ciao.
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Ed
04-21-2017
10:17 AM ET (US)
Suzanne, so was I boggled. It was his first season here and we shook hands as he walked passed the opened door. But the scales omg!!

Gayle, you could find LOB on Amazon, I found many I was looking for.
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SUZANNE
04-21-2017
10:13 AM ET (US)
Original of course, Bill, What was I thinking?
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SUZANNE
04-21-2017
10:00 AM ET (US)
Ed. always boggled by your meeting with Pavarotti, my second favorite. Did you happen to watch "Kimmel" last eve He had the most amazing doppleganger of Pav in a funny sequence.Guess everyone has a double.
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SUZANNE
04-21-2017
09:57 AM ET (US)
Vince, though I am forever a "one tenor" woman, your Granada was terrific. Bill, I'd like a LOB as well. Tell us the difference between the two versions? Aaron, good post!So true.
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Bill Ronayne
04-21-2017
09:02 AM ET (US)
We should have it Gail. I assume you want the original album cover and not the Pure Gold version. I'll check when I'm at the museum later next week. Best, Bill
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Gail Swartz
04-20-2017
11:26 PM ET (US)
Bill, I am seeking to purchase the LOB album. Is there one available from the museum, or do I need to call and speak with someone there? The book Be My Love is one that has photos that are rarely seen and reports of Mario that you can't read anywhere else.Check with Amazon, maybe a bookseller will have one to sell. My Best DVD should arrive next week. I watched the Mark Vincent items on youtube with mixed opinions...glad that he gives Mario the praise for jumpstarting his operatic singing career.
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Ed
04-20-2017
09:02 PM ET (US)
I bought the book some years ago near my birthday in 2008, Damon signed it for me he died a few weeks after I got it.
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Bill Ronayne
04-20-2017
07:56 PM ET (US)
The Be My Love book sold out a number of years ago. Best, Bill
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Diane Cox
04-20-2017
03:49 PM ET (US)
Yes, I have that book. It was Laura looking for a picture. Maybe she will read your post.
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SUZANNE
04-20-2017
03:01 PM ET (US)
Diane, if you have the book Be My Love, by Damon, Bob Dolfi and Marlene D'Attanasio, there's a photo of Mark as a young man.twenty two or so, with Damon. May still be available at the Institute-museum. Bill Ronayne will know..
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Fred Day
04-20-2017
02:13 PM ET (US)
Apparently there were 2 Marc Lanza's. Maybe not necessary to delete Diane's post, as the info about Mario's son Marc is basically correct. He can be seen and heard in the 1981 doco hosted by Placido Domingo. It was said that Marc was born with a tiny hole in his heart. Apparently it grew larger as he aged, causing his death on June 27, 1991 at age 37. Ciao.
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Diane Cox
04-20-2017
12:23 PM ET (US)
Webmaster - please delete my post 50402 as it has misimformation in it.
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Derek Mannering
04-20-2017
11:23 AM ET (US)
Diane, the photo you refer to of a man cooking at a stove is not Mario Lanza's son, Marc. The Marc Lanza in the picture is a caretaker/caterer and the photo was taken in France in 2010, almost two decades after Mario's son's passing. I'm sure he's less than pleased to see his obituary linked to a reference on a find-a-grave website.
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Diane Cox
04-19-2017
11:50 PM ET (US)
Laura, this is a bio I found for Marc. With it was the picture of the man cooking, so I think we can assume that was Marc.
"Fourth and youngest child of actor and legendary singer Mario Lanza, and mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Hicks Lanza. Born in Los Angeles, California, he lived with his parents in California and in Rome, Italy, until 1959, when his father suddenly died of a heart attack. His mother returned with the family to live in Los Angeles, and five months after the death of Mario Lanza, Betty Lanza killed herself in grief, leaving behind four children. Marc was five years old when he was orphaned. Marc and the other three children were raised by their paternal grandparents, Tony and Maria Cocozza at their home in California. In his youth, Marc was considered a pleasant and exuberant young man, but turned troubled and grew reclusive as he grew older. He shared the family house at 622 Toyopa Drive with his older brother Damon for several years. The property, which had appreciated to over $1 million, was lost after they mortgaged it to acquire venture capital for a misguided investment in a failed pizzeria and sportsbar. The family house was later demolished so that a new home could be built on the lot. He reportedly died of a heart attack in 1991, at age 37."
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Fred Day
04-19-2017
10:13 PM ET (US)
I agree - L'Alba Separa is my favorite Italian song. Would be much appreciated. Ciao.
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Savage to Vincent
04-19-2017
08:24 PM ET (US)
Wonderful rendition of Granada! Do you take requests? I would love to hear you perform L'Alba Separa dalla Luce L'Ombra. I can imagine it but the real thing would be better. Just a thought.
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Ed to Vincent
04-18-2017
08:56 PM ET (US)
Excellent very thrilling voice. You mentioned Pav, years back I met him heading to the garage leaving the Met I had just seen Rigoletto, he was doing scales walking through the door I was ten feet away I was floored!!!!!
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Vincent Ricciardi
04-18-2017
07:34 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, Nat King Cole is a huge favorite of mine. There is something so charming and charismatic about how he sings and his phrasing.

Mike M. Thanks for the shout out. Since you mentioned it, here is my performance of "Granada" live in the studio:

https://youtu.be/ClZUdy-Kwv8

Gail, Mario stood about 3 feet from the microphone. Which is common when recording operatic voices in a good room. Sometimes Omni mics are used. In that case mics are usually placed about 6 ft away. Pavarotti often recorded like that.
Edited 04-18-2017 07:37 PM
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Laura Merkel
04-18-2017
07:08 PM ET (US)
Can someone tell me why there are no photos of Marc Lanza as a grown man?
I've seen a photo of a man cooking but don't know if that is him or not.
Anyone know anything about this?
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Gail Swartz
04-18-2017
04:40 PM ET (US)
Can you imagine how far from the Mic Mario would have been had he recorded on one of these...remember he had been set far apart from the others in the sextet number in TGC. He did not use a Mic in lots of his public appearances his voice was so powerful.
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Mike M
04-18-2017
12:33 PM ET (US)
Folks, when you go to Vincent's website, be sure to click on "Granada". I believe you will be impressed!
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Suzanne
04-18-2017
11:58 AM ET (US)
Nice, Vince! My favorite song when it came out. Nat a great fav of mine. Thanks!
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Vincent Ricciardi
04-18-2017
10:25 AM ET (US)
Hey Everyone,

I was testing a new microphone in my recording studio and decided to record a old school crooner styled song. The Neumann M49 was a popular microphone used by Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and more. It was very popular among tenor crooners. The microphone is Advanced Audio's take on the M49 microphone.

https://youtu.be/4x1s2ZUwGK8

There have been some incredible opera singers who used the M49 microphone as well; Maria Callas, Jussi Bjorling, Franco Corelli, and Jonas Kaufmann's latest album used two M49s in a stereo configuration on his vocals. I always wondered why they never got Mario in front of one. He was usually on the RCA ribbon mics or the Altec 639. He may be on an M49 on the Neapolitan Album. Being one of his later albums it's possible they used the then modern M49 for his vocals, but I'm not sure.

Anyway, enjoy the song. I've got some more crooner style songs and operatic pieces coming soon. If you like what you see, please subscribe and share.
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Fred Day
04-18-2017
04:15 AM ET (US)
Nobody is in Lanza's league except Lanza himself. He stands alone, as the Mount Everest of tenors, towering over all others. Ciao.
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Gail Swartz
04-15-2017
03:53 PM ET (US)
This has nothing related to the radio broadcasts.....I am on Pinterest and found a board that had newspaper and magazine interviews of Mario. Some were very enlightening. A recent fan of Mario...I want to read and listen to all that I can of America's Tenor. I watched the Mark Vincent's duet with Mario and though I like Mark, he is not n Mario's league!
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Fred Day
04-15-2017
11:29 AM ET (US)
Today's Met radio broadcast is Aida, the tenor is Riccardo Massi, a fine tenor. It starts a half hour earlier than usual, at 12:30 pm, eastern time. Ed: Glad to hear the good news. May you continue to improve. Happy Easter to all. Ciao.
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Kristine
04-14-2017
03:55 PM ET (US)
On CD's of 1950's singers and songs, sometimes, Mario Lanza is included.
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Kristine
04-14-2017
03:27 PM ET (US)
Ed, great news ! I wish everybody a Blessed Passover and Happy Easter !
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Martino to Ed
04-14-2017
02:54 PM ET (US)

Very good news my friend. You will back to 100% in no time!!
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Gail Swartz
04-14-2017
10:19 AM ET (US)
Great news, Ed. Prayers really work! Keep on lifting up Mario and us...we need you.
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Suzanne
04-14-2017
09:46 AM ET (US)
Ed. So glad for the good news. Thought that was where you were when you didn't post. Blessed Easter and to all who celebrate Passover, best to you.
50384
Ed
04-13-2017
08:44 PM ET (US)
I had my post op doctor visit today. I was examined by my surgeon who told me I was cleared that my pathology was clean and all nodes negative of cancer he told me that they got it all, he did suggest I take a few episodes of chemo in about 6-8 weeks, I may not need it as it is up to the oncologist. I am well and gaining weight and blessed for my life.
50383
Stephen of Las Vegas
04-13-2017
09:52 AM ET (US)
Incredible! Mark's voice has improved greatly since his win on "Australia's Got Talent" in 2009. Sony was smart to sign him so quickly and provide excellent vocal teachers. I think his early voice was a bit between tenor and baritone in range, but now he really sounds like a strong and beautiful tenor.
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Derek Mannering
04-12-2017
09:23 PM ET (US)
Mark Vincent's CD tribute to Mario is released on Friday. Here's a new promo for the launch, "Mark Vincent: Creating a Tribute to Mario Lanza" :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS03Rz-lhYM
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Bill Ronayne
04-12-2017
09:46 AM ET (US)
Just viewed "The Best of Everything" documentary and enjoyed it very much. Well done to everyone involved. Best, Bill
50380
Diane Cox
04-11-2017
11:47 PM ET (US)
Thanks, Martino. I value your opinion, and have to agree that Ayan may improve more, but will not reach the Caruso, Pavoratti or Lanza peak.
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Martino to Diane
04-11-2017
10:47 PM ET (US)
Diane, I don't give these reviews very often anymore because no one is too interested but you asked for it so here you go.

I just listened to the live broadcast of "La Traviata" from the MET and made these notes as I was going along. I was very disappointed that the singer I wanted to hear most, Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio, was announced at the start of the broadcast as being ill and was replaced by Olga Peretyatko, who lost some of my interest when she did not take the high notes at the end of a rather tame "Sempre Libera". Yes, I know that E flat was never written in the score but Sutherland spoiled this aria for me forever when sung by mere mortals. Olga did not even take the C that Verdi gave as a second option to the lower A. Don't get me wrong, Peretyatko has a fine, lusty, voluptuous voice, not unlike her fellow countryman, Anna Netrebko, who sometimes left out the high note as well. But Olga left me a bit flat all the way around although I understand she was a substitute and never even sang this role at the MET before. Netrebko's voice can kill or caress depending on the moment and that always present flare was simply not with Peretyatko tonight. Under the impossible circumstances, however, Olga reached beyond what would be expected and she was rewarded with an enthusiastic ovation at the final curtain.

Tenor Atalla Ayan sang very well indeed and is ideally suited to the role of Alfredo. But it is not a distinctive voice. I could hear it a dozen times in a row and still not tell you the next day with certainty who was singing. Nor would I consider it very beautiful. He is a competent singer and, as you said, passionate in his approach (I would also guess that he is very animated on stage). His strongest suit is his excellent diction - every word was clear and understandable in perfect Italian. He has the high notes for sure but they are not as rich and full bodied as I would like, even for a lyric tenor. But this may come in time. He already has come a long way from that "La Boheme" we were introduced to five or six years ago.

Atalla's big aria at the start of the second act, "De Miei Bollenti Spiriti" and the cabaletta, "O Mio Rimorso" were well sung with the aplomb with which all Verdi cabaletta's must be sung. Ayan sang the high C at the end although it was simply touched and not held very long thereby losing the thrill the piece can provide (Verdi did not write this high C in the score either but gutsy tenors always try it). I think he was most effective in the Act 2 scene 2, at Flora's party where his passion could have no limits in confronting Violetta - and it showed as he sounded like he was killing her! He reminds me a lot of Ramon Vargas, (which is not a bad thing at all), although he does not have the experience and polish Ramon has. Like Vargas, I think Ayan will have a very good career but I don't think it will be a spectacular one. He is simply not sufficiently distinguishable from a dozen others, maybe two dozen others.

Domingo as Germont? Well, at this point St. Placido can do what he wants and no one has the right to say a word, especially someone like me. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with his big aria, "Di Provenza il Mar" in which he gave a text book lesson in legato singing.

Overall I enjoyed the performance - I've heard better and I have certainly heard worse.
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Fred Day
04-11-2017
07:15 PM ET (US)
Martino: Thanks - I have the San Carlo Adriana that you mentioned - excellent performance. Another excellent L'Alba Separa is by the late Franco Bonisolli. Also Pavarotti and Carreras both did fine versions. Domingo never sang it, to my knowledge. Neither did Corelli, Del Monaco, nor Gigli. Di Stefano never recorded it, but he sang it once in a concert in Stamford, CT around 1990. I have never heard that one, and am seeking it. Ciao. PS: April 8th was Corelli's birthday, and April 6th was Sergio Franchi's birthday. Ciao.
50377
Diane Cox
04-11-2017
06:02 PM ET (US)
The clip on youtube of Atalla Ayan singing L'Alba Separa is from five years ago - he's still in his 20s, but nearing 30. (Looked it up, he's 31) He has improved a good bit since then. Will await your verdict on tonight's broadcast, Martino. I don't think he's the next Mario Lanza, but I like him better than some of todays top tenors. For his passion, and emotion, mostly.
Edited 04-11-2017 06:06 PM
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Martino to Ed
04-11-2017
04:03 PM ET (US)

Yes indeed, Richard Tucker does a fabulous rendition as he did with everything he sang. It is obvious he used Caruso as his inspiration with "L'alba". In fact, if their lives had been reversed it would have been Caruso honoring Tucker. You could usually tell if you listened real close that Richard was not Italian. However, in this song if you had never heard him before you would bet your last dollar that he was.
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Ed to Martino
04-11-2017
03:36 PM ET (US)
I very much appreciate your response to my post about L'alba. I've just now listened to all three oncemore and as you said it's almost pointless to try and better Caruso it just doesn't happen. Caruso was about 44 when he recorded it in 1917 and the greatness in that voice at that age always captured my attention, Mario was about 37 and captured us. I listened to Caruso on the Dream Ricital cd it is way different than the Neopolitan Favorites LP from the 60s, that sound seems spread out. I'd like to add Tucker to that short list, what do you think? Oh yes a Lanza retake would have met his idol at the finish I'm sure.
50374
Martino to Ed
04-11-2017
02:21 PM ET (US)
I agree with your choices. Caruso's magnificent recording made it almost pointless for anyone else to try to sing "L'alba..." but Lanza comes within a hair. If only Mario had at least done a retake of the final, pinched Bflat with that unnecessary "curly Q" at the very end it would have been perfect, as would Caruso's recording if he did not rush it a bit. But as we all know nothing is perfect, even from these two best of the best tenors who ever lived.

Rolando Villazon and Carlo Bergonzi sang wonderful renditions as well but Ayan, as you say, was just "okay". He seemed to be searching for proper breath control throughout.

This is yet another great Tosti song and tailor made to the singing styles and passions of both Caruso and Lanza. It is aria-like in some ways but short and requires a lot of emotion packed into a small time frame. It is not as easy as it seems at first glance. Incidentally, both tenor Franco Corelli and Francesco Tosti had birthdays a few days ago.
50373
Ed
04-11-2017
09:59 AM ET (US)
Fred, just listened to Ayan sing L'alba it was ok. My three favorite covers first would be Causo, lanza and of course Jussi. I didn't think Ayan had the range to pull this off.
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Martino to Diane
04-11-2017
07:17 AM ET (US)
You're right, I confused you with Suzanne. You have followed Ayan for a long time now and his career is doing just fine. I hope to listen to all, or at least most, of the broadcast tonight and will let you know what I think.
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Diane Cox
04-10-2017
11:38 PM ET (US)
Martino - you may be thinking of me - I've followed Ayan's career since he was in his early 20s. Saw a clip of him singing La Boheme in Brazil. I understand he did well in his Met debut last week, although I have been unable to find a review. I wonder if Bill R. saw him live. Let me know what you think after the Sirius broadcast.
Edited 04-10-2017 11:42 PM
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Martino to Fred
04-10-2017
10:41 PM ET (US)
Yes, almost everything is on youtube these days. It is an opera lover's dream come true as many collectors upload material that would be impossible to find anywhere else.

Speaking of youtube, I remember a year or two ago you were looking for the Corelli/Tebaldi "Adriana Lecouvreur" from the MET (1963 I believe). It still has not come back in a Sirius rebroadcast that I have seen. However, there is another "Adriana" with Corelli that is also excellent and it is presented on youtube (link below). This one is from San Carlo and also stars Magda Olivero, Giulietta Simionato and Ettore Bastianini - you can't get better Verismo than that!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD5PC865xVk&t=5567s
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Fred Day
04-10-2017
09:47 PM ET (US)
Martino: On youtube you can hear Atalla Ayan sing my favorite song, L'Alba Separa, and also Che Gelida Manina, both excellent. And Carmen Giannattasio can also be heard on youtube. Ciao.
50360
Fred Day
04-10-2017
09:21 PM ET (US)
Martino: On Sat May 6th, the Met radio broadcast will be Cyrano de Bergerac by Alfano. It will feature 2 fine tenors: Roberto Alagna in the title role, and Atalla Ayan in the role of Christian. Patricia Racette will sing the role of Roxanne. It will start a half hour earlier than usual, at 12:30 pm eastern time. I look forward to it. And this coming Sat, April 15th, also starting at 12:30 eastern time, the Met radio broadcast will be Aida, with tenor Riccardo Massi as Radames. I checked him out on youtube, he is very good. Ciao.
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Martino to Suzanne
04-10-2017
07:18 PM ET (US)

If I recall correctly, you have been following the career of the Brazilian tenor, Atalla Ayan, for several years now. Tomorrow evening he will be singing Alfredo in a MET production of "La Traviata", an opera he has sung in several houses to much acclaim.

Violetta Valery will be sung by Carmen Giannattasio, one of the best young Italian sopranos of the day. She is a rarity in a way (especially in modern time) because she is able to sing the most demanding dramatic roles of Verdi as well as the most lyrical, such as Violetta. In fact, she made her MET debut as Leonora in "Il Trovatore", an opera usually best suited to a more dramatic voice. As much as I look forward to hearing Ayan, I am particularly interested in hearing Giannattasio, who I have never heard before. If you have Sirius, the show begins at 7:25 pm EST. Incidentally, I think Giorgio Germont is being sung tomorrow night by Placido Domingo, as he continues to essay baritone roles.
50358
Ed
04-10-2017
04:43 PM ET (US)
When one listened to Mario sing Song of India they can visualize what India looks like. His phrasing and beauty in his voice makes it all the more better
50357
Bill Ronayne
04-10-2017
03:51 PM ET (US)
Mike:

The music is written by Rimsky-Korsakov. It's from his opera Sadko. It's usually sung by a character known as The Indian Guest and normally by a tenor. Mercer wrote the lyrics that you're familiar with in Lanza's recording.

Best, Bill
50356
Suzanne
04-10-2017
01:44 PM ET (US)
Have and watched "Best of Everything". As of all things Mario, left me wanting more.Can't help wondering if Ellisa watches Mario with any pleasure or does it just make her sad. Probably both.
50355
Mike M
04-10-2017
10:04 AM ET (US)
Was listening to sirius yesterday and they played a hauntingly beautiful "Song of India" by Lily Pons.Same exact melody as Mario's version but in a foreign language and credits said Rimsky-Korsakov. I thought it was written by Johnny Mercer. Or am I missing something?
50354
Ed
04-08-2017
12:16 PM ET (US)
Song tracks all alternate and false starts.
50353
Ed
04-08-2017
12:12 PM ET (US)

Song tracks all alternate and false starts. I'd enjoy hearing alternate and false starts by Mario
Edited 04-08-2017 12:15 PM
50352
Ed
04-08-2017
12:10 PM ET (US)

Elvis 57
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Fred Day
04-07-2017
02:40 PM ET (US)
I am saddened by the death of Don Rickles, (age 90), one of my favorite comics. A brilliant wit. There is plenty of his legacy on youtube. Rest in peace. Ciao.
50350
Gail Swartz
04-06-2017
10:22 PM ET (US)
Hello, fellow fans....have noticed the many documents of Mario on Youtube? Of course, some are in Italian. Many people are being introduced and reAcquainted with The Voice and personality of Mario. I await the arrival of my copy of the new DVD.
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Bill Ronayne
04-06-2017
10:09 PM ET (US)
Just listened to The Best of Everything 2-CD set and enjoyed it very much. It is now available from the Lanza Museum in Philly. Best, Bill
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Ed
04-06-2017
08:50 PM ET (US)
If there were any alternate takes with false starts I'd like to hear them, a CD called Elvis '57 had a whole CD of about 25 tracks. Elvis more popular than Mario in 57.
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ROSS (UK) to Suzanne
04-06-2017
06:16 PM ET (US)
The aria in which Norma Zimmer acted (though sung by Jean Fenn )with Mario was a Boheme sequence.
You may well have seen the B/W photo of Lanza standing with her in a "snowy" street, the whole thing
appears to be suggesting it is a televised show.
sure you will enjoy the DVD when it arrives.
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Suzanne
04-06-2017
02:20 PM ET (US)
At one time there was a costume pictured that was worn by Mario. No one knew what it was from. Could it have been Student Prince. Anyone have the photo now? Apparently there was a cut scene from Serenade with Norma Zimmer, any one know about this? She was a Laurence Welk regular. Don't think we'll ever have it all, but getting close! Still waiting for my "Best of Everything".
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ROSS (UK) to Fred.
04-06-2017
02:01 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the info Fred.
It just shows how Bernhardt lacked "people skills" (as confirmed by Stewart Grainger )
Surely if you were dealing with a Tenor with "Italian temperament" you would start with a scene or two that you knew would go well so as to build up a rapport with Mario ....so that if down the line you felt you had to say "Perhaps" a rethink over "Beloved" was necessary, a mutual respect might make the discussion possible. Not (as it would appear)launch into Mario with criticism from the "word go" that would have almost inevitable consequences.
Thirty minutes of movie time (possibly mostly musical) is a big "out-take" (25%) by any standards...I would like to think they are in a can somewhere...and as you say we have the soundtrack....wonder how that survived?...perhaps it was held by Mario himself and passed down through Damon? ( can't see that the movie company would have supplied it!( other than of course the alternate Nessun Dorma.)
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Fred Day
04-06-2017
01:22 PM ET (US)
As far as is known, actual filming had not yet started when Lanza walked off the Student Prince set. There may be a few still photos of Lanza in costume, but no film footage is known to exist. As for SERENADE, when completed, the film ran 2 and a half hours, so about 30 minutes was edited out, as the released film runs 121 minutes. How much of the edited scenes still exists is not known. Fortunately, we do have the audio of Lanza's unused singing. Ciao.
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ROSS (UK) to Phil (UK)
04-06-2017
11:34 AM ET (US)
Hi Phil, I fear that the scenes may not so much lost as "shelved" permanently.
If a media company decided to use some "unused" material they would (under modern legal regulations) have to trace the artists...directors...writers etc. that were involved for clearances and copyright reasons. As you can imagine most if not all would be dead... meaning tracing their wills to see who inherited those rights ( and sometimes passed on twice by now). The work would be very time consuming/costly, now weigh this against the likely sales to be generated and the company would decide its not a viable "financial" project.
What you suggest CAN be done (no doubt) ....but WILL it ever be done....sadly I say Unlikely.
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phil uk
04-06-2017
07:59 AM ET (US)
This is starting to be a good year for Mario now if we could obtain those lost operatic scenes(Tosca/La Boheme) from Serenade it would be an exceptional year.Whats the chances?
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ROSS (UK)
04-06-2017
07:32 AM ET (US)
In respect of my earlier question regarding the "walk with God" scene.....If you watch closely as the camera changes from "long-shot" to "medium" the position of the "guardsmen" between "Prince" and the Catafalque changes from ON the corner to in front of the corner. I know this proves only that they were separate takes...but I suppose it does nothing to disprove the earlier mentioned rumour either.
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ROSS (UK)
04-06-2017
04:07 AM ET (US)
Just watched "Best of Everything" DVD and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is well produced and will
hopefully create some new "Lanza Fans" ( from the "younger demographic" as they say these days)

Can I ask a question which has puzzled me for a while ?....Does anyone know how far they got with the "Student Prince" Movie before Mario walked off set never to return?
They apparently had produced costumes ...so surely there should be some "still" shots of Mario wearing them? (wasn't it there practice in those days to take them in "final stages" to see how the actor looked actually IN them)so where did they go...I have never seen them.
Also ...as Bernhardt questioned the "Beloved" original version...had they at least completed some work on THAT scene before the "hiccup".... If so is some film sitting in an old can somewhere?
Finally perhaps someone can confirm or deny the old rumour that Mario had filmed the "catafalque"...Walk with God scene and a little bit was used in "distance shots " of the film?
If any one has any info about these or ANY scenes that might have been done ...I would be grateful. THANKS.
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Armando Cesari
04-04-2017
09:46 PM ET (US)
Having just seen “The Best of Everything” I can only endorse the enthusiastic comments made by others. Very well made-congratulations to all involved in its making.
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Linz
04-04-2017
06:02 PM ET (US)
BTW, I posted the following on Mark Vincent's YouTube duet with Mario:

Tears rolling down my cheeks! What a treat! Bravo to Mark and everyone involved. I hope it goes absolutely viral for you Mark—certainly deserves to.


Good to see it's had 10,000 views in 5 days.
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Linz to Derek Mannering
04-04-2017
05:46 PM ET (US)
Derek—thanks for illuminating Alan Byron's role. It was clear from the start that the thing was in the hands of a seasoned professional. The editing is very thoughtful and clever. And unlike most modern productions the music-under (again, very well chosen: love the Force of Destiny under Mario's childhood recollections) is not so loud as to obscure speech or dialogue. I'm on my 5th viewing. It's an hour and twenty-five minutes, but gripping from start to finish. Please tell Alan we have spotted and appreciate the little snippets of previously unseen footage, and the unexpected clarity of some seen footage, such as The Christopher Film—amazing! Anyway, I hope he becomes Sir Alan for this masterpiece.

I suppose it's too late, but I noted that Lesley Garrett in the out-takes said she would love to have been able to sing Parigi with Mario. I wonder if she knows he recorded that, and could she sing it with him (and Frances—I'm sure no one will mind a trio!) in any update?
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Suzanne
04-04-2017
02:03 PM ET (US)
Derek, thank you. Let you know if it works out that way, if I ever receive it. Vince ,want you to know that your "Palladium" is in my heart, whatever anyone else has done. Thank you, again.
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Derek Mannering
04-04-2017
01:04 PM ET (US)
I'm delighted to see such supportive comments for the new Lanza documentary. Ellisa and I saw it for the first time last week and we loved it. What surprised me most was how moved I was at the close. It was beautifully done and full credit for that – for the entire production, in fact – goes to its director, Alan Byron. Alan's commitment to the documentary was total and I can't praise him highly enough for what he accomplished here. Everything you see on the screen is the result of his vision, an outstanding accomplishment in every respect. (And Suzanne: the DVD is region free so you can watch it on any player, no need for a special unit.)

Alan would have featured more excerpts from Mario's movies, but despite the fact that you can see most of these for free on YouTube, the cost per minute for each clip in a licensed program such as this one was prohibitive. Then again, the lack of movie clips led to more Lanza-friendly material such as the Christopher Show interview which most people new to Mario won't have seen before and which added to the emotional impact felt at the end. We had also hoped to locate a copy of Mario's final appearance on TV, the Saturday Night Spectacular program broadcast from London in 1958, but the tape could not be found. It was likely wiped, a casualty of a lot of television programming from that period.

Alan and I first discussed plans for the documentary over dinner in London 18 months ago. It was Alan's recommendation that I coordinate with Sony for a double-CD as part of a joint release this year. We learned last week that due to high demand, Sony is currently producing a second print run for their "Best of Everything" collection. The inlay card for this version will advertise Alan's superb documentary, highlighting the DVD cover and incidental information. That's as it should be – a win-win for both companies and, of course, for Mario Lanza's legacy. Mark Vincent's CD tribute later this month will continue the celebration.

Anyway, thanks for those positive comments which I will share with Alan.
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Ed to Vince
04-04-2017
10:42 AM ET (US)
Yes, outtakes I've always said
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Suzanne
04-04-2017
10:00 AM ET (US)
Loving these reviews, but maddening that I have not received my copy, ordered some time ago--? it will need to be played on the DVD unit that my son has for European selections. Where did I go wrong?
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Vince Di Placido Jnr.
04-04-2017
05:44 AM ET (US)
Great reviews Linz & Derek. You summed things up so much better than I ever could. :-)
I just want to echo how moving the documentary was, especially Ellisa's recollections. It's the most expressive & best I've seen her talking about her mother & father, very interesting insights.
The use of RCA recordings with Palladium footage was handled expertly, as someone who has dabbled clumsily with basic equipment to do similar things, I was VERY impressed.
If we only had access & were unrestrained by. copyright restrictions ;-) there could be some amazing work done with Mario footage, recordings & outtakes.
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Linz
04-03-2017
11:41 PM ET (US)
I know on the rare occasions Mr. Mannering and I engage it's usually to lock horns, but I want to offer my unqualified, 1000% congratulations to him and all involved on The Best of Everything, which I too have just watched. Joseph Calleja's dismissal of the nit-picking nay-sayers on its own is worth the price of admission, but in toto this production is priceless. Everyone plays his/her part with passion and polish. I doubt anyone will be able not to melt as Ellisa recalls her mother's last 5 months on earth after Mario's death. Her story of the two Christmas trees is a gem. So many wonderful things to be said about this show, and I'll say as many as I can to as many people as I can as often as I can! Bravo, Derek, and your wonderful supporting cast of singers and musicians—they did it with such love! Above all, of course, bravo Magnificent Mario, to whom this is such a fitting tribute.
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Derek McGovern
04-03-2017
11:09 PM ET (US)
I've also just watched "The Best of Everything," and can heartily recommend it. Aside from some wonderfully astute musical observations from Joseph Calleja, Lesley Garrett and Anthony Wade (aka "Dr. Voice"), plus touching reminiscences from Ellisa Lanza and excellent biographical commentary from Derek Mannering, what I loved about it is that Mario often serves as the doco's co-narrator. He's telling his own story, and the doco makes great use of the Christopher Show and other interviews that he gave.

I've also never seen the Palladium performance in better quality, and the extra visual detail makes one appreciate all the more just how expressive Mario was when singing live.

Sure, there are things we can quibble about in the doco, such as the paucity of film clips or the brevity of the actual singing examples, but the positives (for me, anyway) greatly outweighed the negatives.

It's a balanced documentary, and ultimately a very moving one. Congratulations to all involved.
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Pam Latham
04-03-2017
02:55 PM ET (US)
The new DVD is wonderful! Heartfelt contributions from Ellisa, We see and hear much more of her in this production than any of the others. Derek Mannering, what can I say, his love of the Lanza voice shows in his passionate description of the Lanza story, and it's legacy. Beautiful contributions too from Joseph Calleja, Lesley Garret, Gianluca Terranova, all who know what they are talking about regarding the technique and quality and beauty of the voice. Finally, it was a joy to hear so much of Mario's speaking voice as well as his singing one. All in all, buy this DVD and enjoy every minute of it!
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Vince Di Placido Jnr.
04-03-2017
11:38 AM ET (US)
I have just finished watching "The Best of Everything" & aside from a few minor quibbles I was quite happy with the production so I just wanted to say well done Derek Mannering.
There were some very interesting commentaries & observations & clever editing which I really appreciated.
Definitely worth seeing!
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Ed
04-02-2017
07:16 PM ET (US)
I'm sure John being so musically talented he must have had an opinion about Mario, also Mario performing in England in the late 50s.
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Len (UK)
04-02-2017
04:42 PM ET (US)
Kristine - the Beatles did a version of Besame Mucho, so they may have been aware of Mario.
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Kristine
04-01-2017
06:11 PM ET (US)
Ed, glad to hear you are better. I wonder if The Beatles and John Lennon liked Mario Lanza ? On the subject of John Lennon, Rosie passed away . RIP. She was with Rosie and The Originals, a doo wop group who sang "Angel Baby" back in the '60's. I read that was one of John Lennon's favorites songs.
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Ed
04-01-2017
11:03 AM ET (US)
Fred, regarding Elvis, I once heard John Lennon say he told Elvis "before you there was nothing"
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Fred Day
03-31-2017
10:02 PM ET (US)
Ed: I recently read the following statement: "Before anyone did anything, Elvis did everything." Interesting, true, and quite valid. That statement could also apply to Lanza, with equal validity. Interesting. Ciao.
Edited 03-31-2017 10:05 PM
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Fred Day
03-31-2017
09:57 PM ET (US)
Ed: Glad you are doing well, and that your improvement will continue. It is interesting that Mark Vincent used the Christopher film of Lanza singing Because You're Mine, but used his RCA record of the song, made 5 years earlier, and matched it to the video of 1957. The match is close to perfect. And Mark has improved very much when compared to his earlier efforts of several years ago. His Nessun Dorma at age 15 was done a whole tone lower than the original key. He now has the high notes that he lacked when he was 15. He has come a long way. Yes, it reminds me of the Jerry Hadley duet with Lanza of Golden Days. History often repeats itself. Very nicely done. Ciao.
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Ed
03-31-2017
05:34 PM ET (US)
This is one who I've wanted to hear with Mario.

https://youtu.be/x-4TSWg2h3w
Edited 03-31-2017 05:36 PM
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Ed
03-31-2017
05:19 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, yes our Mario was his own man and made his own way. I listened to the YouTube a few times now and another friend of mine says he's OK. I've always wanted a duet with someone like Netrebko using one of his duets with a soprano. This was a good opportunity for Mr. Vincent saying he sang with the best.
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Suzanne
03-31-2017
02:56 PM ET (US)
Great news Ed. Derek, very nice video, Mark is great , but only one Mario.He should be his own man as Mario was.
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Ed
03-30-2017
09:09 PM ET (US)
I'm still recuperating from my colon surgery and again Mario has entered my life to give me joy. Ya never know! I'm going well according to my doctors and should be up and running by springs end.
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Ed
03-30-2017
07:45 PM ET (US)
Yes, thank you. Was the Lanza video from Christopher Closeup?
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Derek Mannering
03-30-2017
06:51 PM ET (US)
And here's the complete video of the virtual duet (thanks, Steff!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO9PawEuTvY
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Ed
03-30-2017
06:08 PM ET (US)
We've always spoken about a Mario duet here and on Lanza Legend, many wanted a tenor, some even argued who could step up. I've never heard of Vincent but the sample here I think is wonderful.
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Derek Mannering
03-30-2017
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.
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Derek Mannering
03-30-2017
01:25 PM ET (US)
Here's a link on Facebook to Mark Vincent's new promo for his Lanza tribute CD:

https://www.facebook.com/markvincent/video...350/?type=2&theater

Clever use of the joint black & white screens there.
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phil uk
03-30-2017
09:02 AM ET (US)
wow wow get this dvd its wonderful,wonderful,well done to those who produced it.
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phil uk
03-30-2017
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.
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Fred Day
03-29-2017
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.
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Fred Day
03-29-2017
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.
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Ed
03-29-2017
08:33 PM ET (US)
Got my Best cd today, anyone know where the other take of BML came from ?
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Ed to Len
03-29-2017
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.
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Gail Swartz
03-29-2017
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 !
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Diane Cox
03-29-2017
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.
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Suzanne
03-29-2017
10:53 AM ET (US)
Andrea Chenier premiered in Milan in 1896 in March. I wonder how it was received.
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Suzanne
03-29-2017
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.
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phil uk
03-29-2017
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?
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Kristine
03-29-2017
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 ?
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Fred Day
03-28-2017
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.
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Bill Ronayne
03-27-2017
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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Ed
03-27-2017
10:10 AM ET (US)
Martino, thank you for responding to my post re-Ingemisco. Recuperating as I am I find much time to listening to my music. I too feel that Jussi was best even before turning 30.

Fred, yes I agree Lanza would have done Verdi proud, I feel his voice would have accomplished this around the time of SP, who knows perhaps around 1958 darker but still as powerful and rich.

Phil, much agreed as to FW, just listened to the YT by Fritz and enjoyed it, yes one more gone way too soon.
Edited 03-27-2017 10:12 AM
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phil uk
03-27-2017
04:28 AM ET (US)
may i ask you people to listen to Fritz Wunderlich singing the Ingemisco from a live performance,great rendition i feel,what say you.
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Fred Day
03-27-2017
12:08 AM ET (US)
I agree with Martino, re: Ingemisco. Pity that Lanza never got around to recording it. If his Coke Show had continued for another several months, he might have sung it then and there. If only!! Ciao.
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Martino to Ed
03-26-2017
07:59 PM ET (US)
I'll give you my opinion. The Ingemisco is one of Verdi's greatest compositions for the tenor voice. It is both a plea and a prayer. The tenor is asking the Lord for mercy so the singing must be melancholic first and foremost. Every great rendition of this piece has this as the basis (Bjorling perhaps the best on record). The young Lanza had the voice for it for sure as it can be sung effectively by lyrico spinto as well as dramatic tenors. Even Pavarotti, (a lyric tenor in his youth) did a wonderful job with the Verdi Requium. But this melancholic singing is not usually associated with young singers (Corelli the exception). It is an acquired attribute that comes with time and experience, both vocal and life experience. Listen to the words, understand their meaning and you will appreciate this. As such, it is my opinion that the older Lanza would have been most effective singing the Ingemisco, not necessarily in a vocal sense, but in an interpretive one. As far as your question about Mario wanted to record the Ingemisco all I can say is most of the great tenors in history have done so. I'm sure Mario would have wanted to as well when he felt he was ready but time ran out.
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Ed to Fred or Bill
03-26-2017
06:28 PM ET (US)
Do either of you know if Mario ever thought of recording Imgemisco and at what point do you think his voice would have been best suited?
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Fred Day
03-26-2017
12:29 PM ET (US)
Gail: I think so - I vaguely recall reading that in one of the books. That was just another of his many talents. Ciao.
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Gail Swartz
03-26-2017
06:11 AM ET (US)
Didn't one of Mario's biographers write that he entertained children with cartoon character's voices when he told them stories?
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Fred Day
03-26-2017
12:46 AM ET (US)
It is known that Lanza could do an impression of Nat King Cole and Billy Eckstine, so he could probably also do Billy Daniels. Perhaps Tony Bennett?? Besides doing Liberace, he also did George Saunders. None of these exist on tape, unfortunately. However, besides the 4 impressions in 7 Hills of Rome, his early impression of Giovanni Martinelli also exists. It is humorous, but also very accurate. Ciao.
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Ed
03-25-2017
07:01 PM ET (US)
My cd is due wed the 29 can't wait!!
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Suzanne
03-25-2017
12:12 PM ET (US)
Kristine, I think Mario could imitate almost any male. Didn't realize it was he singing in the niteclub scene in Seven Hills. The resident tenor when he was seeking a job. Bet he did a "mean" Bill Daniels. Wonder if there are any recordings of more of his impersonations. Remember the Liberace story? What a talent! Need to order "Best of Everything"CD. Documentary on order.
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Kristine
03-25-2017
05:09 AM ET (US)
David, thanks for information. I heard that Mario Lanza could impersonate Billy Daniels.
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David Weaver
03-25-2017
12:20 AM ET (US)
Kristine, at the 1952 Oscar ceremony, which was held on March 19, 1953 and was the first ceremony ever televised, it was popular nightclub and recording star Billy Daniels who sang "Because You're Mine."
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Joe
03-24-2017
08:41 PM ET (US)
I have received my “The Best Of Everything” CD and I am very happy with it. Forty four tracks for that asking price is truly a great bargain! While the sound is very good, I think SEPIA is richer. My only real criticism is with the liner notes....…could Sony possibly find a smaller font?
Edited 03-24-2017 08:43 PM
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Len (UK)
03-24-2017
05:09 PM ET (US)
Wendy - Thanks for the tip. I just watched Vera Lynn singing 'Because your Mine' on YouTube. It is a very different rendition but beautifully sung; the phrasing and arrangement are excellent. She was never one for a big 'money note' as a climax, but always a great performance.
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Kristine
03-24-2017
11:39 AM ET (US)
James Whitmore also was in movie "All The Brothers Were Valiant" , starring Robert Taylor, Ann Blyth, Stewart Granger, and Keenan Wynn, one of my favorite movies. I saw the CD and DVD of Mario Lanza-The Best of Everything on Amazon.com What are the prices in American currency ? Thanks for information.
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Derek Mannering
03-21-2017
08:04 PM ET (US)
Details and Sony media announcement of the Mark Vincent Lanza Tribute CD are now on Jeff's main Lanza page.
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Ed
03-21-2017
03:55 PM ET (US)
James Whitmore played inmate Ross in oscar nominated Shawshank Redemption but oscar went to Forest Gump in 91.
Edited 03-21-2017 03:58 PM
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David Weaver
03-21-2017
02:25 PM ET (US)
Fred, Whitmore was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor in 1975 for "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" - he lost out to Jack Nicholson for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Derek, listened to Elissa's interview - wonderful. And great to see the new Sony CD in Classic FM's Top Thirty Chart. The continued love for Lanza in the British isles is extraordinary.

Nice to hear the Mark Vincent-Mario duet; another talented singer who cites Mario as an inspiration. It reminded me of the wonderful recording the late Jerry Hadley did, dueting with Mario on "Golden Days."
Edited 03-21-2017 02:28 PM
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Suzanne
03-21-2017
01:58 PM ET (US)
Thanks David. Showboat is on quite a bit, I saw it not long ago. Never can resist it. Ed. I really hope you get to Philly this year, you'll be happy you did. James Whitmore was a terrific actor , a great career . My son always liked him. Wonder how he and Mario got along, even if he did have "a head like an acorn"!.
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Fred Day
03-21-2017
10:36 AM ET (US)
James Whitmore also had a role in The Eddy Duchin Story (1957) starring Tyrone Power as Duchin. Whitmore played Duchin's manager. And I remember Whitmore in an episode of The Twilight Zone - one of the hour long episodes. He was excellent, as always. Ciao.
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Bill Ronayne
03-21-2017
08:37 AM ET (US)
You're welcome Ed. Best, Bill
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Kristine
03-21-2017
06:26 AM ET (US)
 Fred, James Whitmore also portrayed Theodore Roosevelt in a one man play. He also played a Judge in the Barbra Streisand movie, "Nuts". I think he was on a tv sitcom called "Temperature's Rising", which took place in a hospital. I don't know if his portrayal of Truman was an Oscar nomination. In the movie version of "Kiss Me, Kate", he and Keenan Wynn played gangster types who did a song and dance scene to "Brush Up Your Shakespeare". Considering they were not known as song and dance men, they were very good ! By the way, Keely Smith also sang "Because You're Mine" on one of her recording albums, which is out on CD. "Because You're Mine" was an Oscar nominee for Best Song. Who sang it at the Academy Awards, that year ?
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Fred Day
03-21-2017
03:54 AM ET (US)
James Whitmore was also noted for playing President Harry Truman in "Give 'em Hell Harry". He was superb in that role. Was that role nominated for an Oscar?? Curious. Ciao.
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Wendy Stilwell - UK
03-21-2017
03:28 AM ET (US)
Re Vera Lynn

On one of her CD's which I have, she does a very good rendition of Because You're Mine.
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Ed to Bill
03-20-2017
09:23 PM ET (US)
Bill,
I got my bulletin on Friday and just got a chance today to read it, I must say you did another winner as always. I enjoy the part called Recording Sessions. I'm pretty good on the Q&A. When I can get around by early summer I still want my cousin to take me to Philly. Many thanks for your kindness my friend.
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Kristine
03-20-2017
04:14 PM ET (US)
"Battleground" was James Whitmore's film debut. He also made a movie with Nancy Davis(later , First Lady Nancy Reagan)called "The Next Voice You Hear" about people hearing God's voice on the radio(though the movie audience didn't hear it). He was a great actor and M-G-M thought he would be another Spencer Tracy. He served in the Marines, during World War II and I think was from Buffalo, N.Y. area. He was also in "Battle Cry" with Tab Hunter and Aldo Ray. His son, Steve Whitmore has a facebook page and his son, James Whitmore, Jr. directs some of the "NCIS" episodes. James, Jr. was once an actor on "Black Sheep Squadron" with Robert Conrad. Yes, Bill mentioned that Utica, N.Y. was the next stop, after Scranton, Pennsylvania for Mario Lanza's tour. He appeared at The Stanley Theater, Utica, and Terry Robinson mentioned he remembered The Stanley. He was giving out the programs for the performance.
50271
David Weaver
03-20-2017
03:01 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, the showings of the two Mario films are related to his co-stars: next Monday, March 27, the prime-time spotlight is on Kathryn Grayson. Besides "That Midnight Kiss," they're showing four other Grayson films, including probably her best and best-known film, "Showboat."

On Wednesday, May 3, TCM is saluting James Whitmore. They're showing five Whitmore films in addition to "Because You're Mine." Oddly enough, they are not including two of his biggest successes, the sci-fi thriller "Them!" and the war film, "Battleground," which brought Whitmore an Oscar nomination
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Bill Ronayne
03-20-2017
01:57 PM ET (US)
Nice interview and promotion of Mario Derek. Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
03-20-2017
01:41 PM ET (US)
Thanks Suzanne and you're very welcome. Best, Bill
50268
Suzanne
03-20-2017
01:20 PM ET (US)
Kristine, Bill tells us in his latest newsletter "That Midnight Kiss" will be shown on Mar.27, but at 2:30AM and and Apr.23 at 8AM ET. "Because You're Mine" on May 3 at 1AM.So if you can't sleep ,you can watch. Seems to be the result of the New Documentary. Whatever, the cause, it's great news.Nice issue, Bill, like the cover photo,as well. Wish I could have attended this year's birthday party for Mario. Thanks to those who did. Our friend Veronica is a great fan of Vera Lynn, what a terrific voice she had. Bill thanks, too for the mention of Mario's appearance here in Utica in 1951. Talked with someone who saw him, told me "they stood up in the back of the theatre and "tore down the rafters"not literally of course. so many fans of Mario, here in Utica.Sorry to have missed seeing him.
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Derek Mannering
03-20-2017
12:42 PM ET (US)
Ellisa was interviewed for the Wynne Evans radio show on BBC Radio Wales today. I tried posting the link but for some reason it was blocked.

Google BBC Radio Wales - Wynne Evans and follow the link to his show On Demand for 20/03/2017.

Ellisa's interview starts at 1:09 and ends at 1:27, give or take a few seconds.
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Derek Mannering
03-20-2017
12:31 PM ET (US)
Thank you, Wendy, and here's a link to the British Classic FM chart, courtesy of Steff. The new Sony CD is definitely off to a great start:

http://www.classicfm.com/radio/shows-prese...m-chart/goks-divas/
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Wendy Stilwell - UK
03-19-2017
01:56 PM ET (US)
Hi Derek

Good news,I have just listened to the UK Classical chart, and the Best of Everything is number 18.
50264
Len (UK)
03-19-2017
12:38 PM ET (US)
Last night in the UK the BBC showed a documentary tribute to Dame Vera Lynn. She is 100 tomorrow! They showed the very first UK top ten from 1952. She was two places above Mario (BYM). I understand that she was the first UK artist to have a US number one - a decade before the Dave Clark Five or the Beatles.
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Derek Mannering
03-19-2017
12:12 PM ET (US)

In addition to the new Sony CD and Screenbound's Lanza documentary, Sony in Australia will be releasing a tribute to Mario next month by their popular young artist, Mark Vincent. The tribute is warmly supported by Ellisa and contains a 'virtual duet' by Lanza and 23-year-old Vincent on "Because You’re Mine." I'll have full details of this for Jeff's main page in the coming week.

For now, here's a link to a duet from Mark's most recent album, a lovely song by Ennio Morricone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IhnRSKe-00
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Kristine
03-18-2017
09:29 PM ET (US)
Ed, thanks for information on St. Pat, get well soon. Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend ! Rock'n'Roll Legend Chuck Berry passed away at 90. RIP. I just bought the Mario Lanza CD-One Alone. Later on, I'll buy The Best of Everything CD and DVD. There will be a Kathryn Grayson Day on TCM, this month, so I assume there will be a Lanza movie on. This weekend is a 48 hour Tribute to Bob Osborne on TCM.
50261
Fred Day
03-18-2017
01:04 PM ET (US)
Today's Met radio broadcast is Rossini's William Tell. The tenor is Bryan Hymel. Enjoy. Ciao.
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Ed to Kristine
03-18-2017
10:00 AM ET (US)
Kristine, St Patrick was definitely not born in Italy, he and his parents were born in Roman Britain. Around the time of Ceasar in 45 AD the Roman empire marched legions of soldiers into Britain. Patrick was born it is believed Scotland and was kidnapped at 16 by Irish bands of warriors. He escaped after about six years to home. It is believed by me and others that he had a calling from God to return to Ireland. Patrick died March 17, 465 and is buried somewhere near County Down. St.Columba also another famous Irish saint. Mario and Betty were married at St Columba here in NYC. I've been there many times and thought of them. Growing up in an Irish Catholic home we studied Irish history.
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Kristine
03-18-2017
05:38 AM ET (US)
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all ! Ed, great news, get well soon. I heard that St. Parick's parents were born in Italy.
50258
Joe to anyone
03-17-2017
10:03 PM ET (US)
I have already ordered the 2 disc CD "Best Of Everything", but I am confused on how to order the documentary. Can anyone straighten me out?
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Fred Day
03-17-2017
05:27 PM ET (US)
I hear that the Italian airlines (al' Italia) and the Israeli airlines are going to merge - they will call it "Vell I tell ya". Everyone sings "Oi-ve Maria". Ciao.
Edited 03-17-2017 05:38 PM
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Fred Day
03-17-2017
05:22 PM ET (US)
Martino: I am not of Italian descent, but my heart and soul are very Italian. I like Italian food and wine, women, and song. I once had an uncle who died of wine, women, and song - he couldn't get enough of any of them!! (I stole that from Red Skelton.) Toscanini once said to Jan Peerce: "Peerce, you must have some Italian blood in you!" Peerce replied: "Not to my knowledge, Maestro. But I can only speak for myself, my parents, and my grand parents. Before that, I do not know." Toscanini replied: "Ah-ha!! There is where the Italian blood comes in!!" Ciao.
50255
Fred Day
03-17-2017
05:10 PM ET (US)
Ed: Glad you are feeling better. May that continue. The diet weakness will gradually improve. Best wishes. Ciao.
50254
Bill Ronayne
03-17-2017
03:54 PM ET (US)
Mario Lanza Museum Benefit Luncheon

Sunday, April, 23, 2017 1:00pm-4:00pm

Estia Restaurant
1405 Locust St
Philadelphia,PA

3-course lunch
Special video presentation on Mario Lanza.
50/50 Raffle
$60 per person*

For more information call 215-238-9691 or email mariolanzainstitute@verizon.net.
Please RSVP by April 15, 2017. Invitations can be downloaded at https://www.mariolanzainstitute.org/
Luncheon begins promptly at 1:00pm.
*Includes coffee, tea and ice tea only. No refunds or credits.

For those not able to attend and wishing to make a donation, checks should be made out to Mario Lanza Institute and mailed to the following address:

Mario Lanza Institute
PO Box 54624
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Best, Bill
50253
Ed
03-17-2017
02:46 PM ET (US)
Had post op doctor visit today and got excellent report back in two months. Aside from diet weakness I'm getting better. Still waiting CD
50252
Suzanne
03-17-2017
10:29 AM ET (US)
Thanks, Derek. Now I have it. Ed. Best.
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phil uk
03-17-2017
08:48 AM ET (US)
Have just purchased the New Sony cds & listened to most of the tracks & i urge admirers to obtain this release especially for the alternate Nessun Dorma which is superior to the Serenade version,however i must admit i found some of the tracks a bit bright & lacking a smoothness which we got on previous Sony releases.This is just an observation & not a gripe to these guys who devote much of their time to produce these discs.
50250
Martino to Fred
03-16-2017
08:05 PM ET (US)

"Ed: PS: If you are permitted an occasional glass of wine to go with the lasagna, I would suggest a good Lambrusco. Ciao".

Fred, are you sure you do not have some Italian in you? Spoken like a true Paisano!!!!

But now you have moved me to another passion of mine - VINO! So let me make a suggestion. With Lasagna, (although the Lambrusco would be fine indeed), the very best wine at an affordable price would be Carpineto's Dogajolo, a fine red Tuscano wine. This is a blend actually, with 80% Sangiovese grapes and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (or something like that). It is medium body, not quite as sweet as a true Lambrusco. And what a bargain! Try to find the 2014 rendering if you can. You will find it for between $10 and $15 a bottle - a true bargain. You can learn more about this wine here: http://www.carpineto.com/dogajolo-toscano-rosso-i-g-t/?lang=en.

What has this to do with Mario Lanza? Well, I bet he loved to have a good glass of Italian wine now and then!! That is good enough for me!!
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Ed to Ross
03-16-2017
07:45 PM ET (US)
Hi, I love pickled red cabbage, my mom and her mom made it from scratch, times change we now use jar which is good and goes well with a pot roast and mashed potatoes. I'm on Facebook all the time so if you or your Mrs. message me I'll get it. I just listened to Passione on the Best cd and it is always in my top 20. Best Ed
50248
ROSS (UK) to Ed
03-16-2017
07:14 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the feedback about Rhydian..."Nessun Dorma"....even more courageous as he was trained as a Baritone.
The meal sounds like a good filling Lancashire fare. We here sometimes serve Cottage pie with Pickled Red cabbage or pickled Beetroot ( Hope you enjoy the CD too).
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Ed to Fred&Ross
03-16-2017
06:08 PM ET (US)
Fred, oh yes Darleen is fattening me up as I write, she made her Shepard's Pie loaded with mashed potatoes, veggies and ground beef topped with melted velveeta. I'll pass on wine as I don't drink. I agree that the cd is worth more than 11 bucks it's not the usual BML and La Donne. The vault should be opened and give us alternate takes, all in all this is a great compilation.

Ross-Hello again, I wanted to tell you I heard Roberts Nessun Dorma and thought it good, I think it good for someone to undertake that aria, and courage.
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Fred Day
03-16-2017
05:30 PM ET (US)
Ed: PS: If you are permitted an occasional glass of wine to go with the lasagna, I would suggest a good Lambrusco. Ciao.
50245
Fred Day
03-16-2017
05:24 PM ET (US)
Ed: Your weight will gradually increase. I would suggest food with plenty of calories. Such as Italian pasta dishes, such as lasagna, my favorite. Not too spicy, but with plenty of sauce, meat, and cheeses, and Italian bread. Eat well, but do not over-eat. Ciao.
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Fred Day
03-16-2017
05:15 PM ET (US)
I also agree with Martino - at 11 dollars, the 2-CD set is a bargain - 44 tracks, 8 of which are newly released. Those 8 tracks alone are well worth 11 bucks!! I plan to order my copy soon. Ciao.
50243
Ed to Suzanne
03-16-2017
02:42 PM ET (US)
PS, yes I'm doing a little better each day but still need to get weight back
50242
Ed to Suzanne
03-16-2017
02:40 PM ET (US)
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too. I preordered the Best on Friday and should have it soon. I also listened to many tracks from Amazon and thought them all quite good, I think it is only CD.
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Derek Mannering
03-16-2017
02:38 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, no, they're not. One is from Sony (the double-CD) and the documentary comes from Screenbound Pictures in the U.K. What they both have in common, aside from celebrating Lanza's legacy, is the title, and you can blame me for that. A reminder: here's what I wrote about both projects on Jeff's main Lanza page:

http://mariolanza.net/bestofeverything.html
50240
Suzanne
03-16-2017
02:23 PM ET (US)
Since no one will answer my question, I'll ask again. Are the Documentary and the CD one and the same? Guess you fellas only talk to each other. How about it? As for Vincent, I can only be grateful for his sending me the Palladium so I'll never be without it. And can he sing, as well! Thanks, Vince. Talked with your dad, sorry he's not as well as could be.I hope he'll post again.
50239
Derek Mannering
03-16-2017
02:02 PM ET (US)
Where to begin…

Ron, thank you so much for your warm and enthusiastic response to "The Best of Everything." It is everything you say it is and more, an outstanding addition to the Lanza catalogue at Sony and one we're all very proud of. Everyone involved in the project, both here in the U.S. and in Germany, went the extra mile to ensure a quality product, a task they accomplished beautifully.

As Martino just pointed out, the new compilation won't be officially released here in the U.S. until tomorrow, March 17th, so it is astonishing to see such griping about it already on the forum. In the space of a couple of posts we've gone from Ron's comments praising the new release, to Vince complaining about the "absence of a certain bloom in Mario's voice" and carping about Sony in general. And now Phil wonders if the CD is worth buying. Is this what we have to expect every time a new Lanza CD hits the market?

Right now we have a superb new CD compilation from Sony linked to what I hope is a terrific new Lanza documentary from Screenbound Pictures (and just wait till the Lanza 'experts' weigh in on that one, too!). I'll also have news of another Lanza-related project very soon, even more publicity for Mario's great legacy.

Martino is right: the new CD is a steal. Live dangerously and buy a copy – or not! – but for goodness sake stop nitpicking over it.
50238
Martino to Phil
03-16-2017
01:25 PM ET (US)
How bad can it be? I'm sure Sony would not issue an inferior product although they probably do not pay the same attention to sound enhancement that a smaller, more dedicated company would (Sepia). Vince is probably an audiophile and detects subtleties in sound that escape most of us and his was the most critical review from that standpoint. I will put it to the test myself when it arrives but I can't comment on the sound reproduction as yet. I do wish Sony would spend their considerable resources in doing more in this area of reproduction but I do not believe that the sound is so bad that it would disqualify the purchase. Let's face it, you can order this compilation on Amazon for under $11 and get 44 tracks of some of the best singing Lanza ever put to record.

I think the lack of reviews is because, at least in America's Amazon catalog, "Best of Everything" will not be released until tomorrow. Unless you order it from Europe or some of our friends across the pond have the disks already to listen to, there will be scant numbers of reviews simply because of availability. Even if you have most of the tracks on other records and disks, for eleven bucks it is a steal. At that price just go for it and be your own judge.
50237
Suzanne
03-16-2017
01:13 PM ET (US)
Ed. Sounding like your "Old Self" again! Good! Just want to wish you a Happy St. Pat's day, from one Irish to another.Would someone enlighten me about "The Best of Everything". Have the documentary on order, but wonder what I'm missing not having the CD as well. Saw some of the trailer. Looking forward to having it.
50236
Gmmy Radio Host
03-16-2017
01:06 PM ET (US)
In honor of MARIO LANZA we will be featuring a two hour rare show on GMMY RADIO this Sunday March 19th starting at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
God Bless you all.
50235
phil uk
03-16-2017
12:26 PM ET (US)
Before i purchase the new Sony double cd can i at least see ONE positive review,as there seems to be a question re the sound production.
50234
Ed to Ross
03-16-2017
11:16 AM ET (US)
I was away from phone if I get a friend request I'll confirm no problem 🐶
50233
ROSS (UK) to Ed
03-16-2017
10:44 AM ET (US)
Thanks for that Ed...my wife uses facebook so I will search as you say. Sincerely, Ross.
50232
Ed to Ross
03-16-2017
10:02 AM ET (US)
A small section of my moms family an uncle some cousins and others got there because my great uncle settled there in the 30s that is all I know. My family are Irish born Roscommon and Limerick, I live in NYC my paents are first generation Americans. Are you on Facebook if so search Edward McManus Staten Island NYC you'll see a picture of St. Patrick that's my page Best Ed
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ROSS (UK) to Ed
03-16-2017
09:46 AM ET (US)
Just read your later message Ed. I live Just North West of Manchester in Bolton.
I was lucky enough to see Rhydian in concert a year or two ago...he did the "pearl Fishers" duet , singing to a pre -recording of the Baritone part. He appeared on Xfactor (S Cowell)here and was signed up by "SYCO" but left Simons management a year or two later. I think he could do with an American agent getting "interested" in him...then you guys would have the pleasure.
The reason his hair is bleached is that he is a natural "Redhead" and he must prefer the "bleached blonde" look...What area are your relatives in ?...all the best to you.
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ROSS (UK) to Ed
03-16-2017
09:38 AM ET (US)
As you say it was very short-sighted of them.
BUT we must remember that it was the 50's ...before mobile phones, laptops , Ipods. In those days it took a lot of effort and forward planning to record an event...not to mention the cost.
Nowadays if Lanza was around his concerts could be recorded much more easily, in fact spectators would probably record his every action on their phone or Ipod and post it on YouTube etc.
In addition during the 50's the "Critics" that reported ( AND CREATED OPPINION)on such as Opera and Classical performance had more power to "look down on" and in a way "overcome" general public opinion ( a bit like the 19th Century Opera claque operated but with more power)and their negative stance may well have reduced interest in "preserving" his performances.
Wasn't it Lawrence Tibbett who said that Mario would not be truly appreciated for 50 years ? (ironically he died in 1960)
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Ed to Ross
03-16-2017
09:15 AM ET (US)
Ross, where in UK are you, I have some family in Manchester. You are on the money as we say about Mr. Roberts he has a fantastic voice. I heard two, To Where You Are and Somewhere and was very pleased to say the least. He reminds me of Michael Crawford but with a stronger voice. I don't know why he hasn't come here I am sure he'd do fine. As for John Denver we have always been fans of his, listen to Country Roads, best Ed
50228
Ed to Ross
03-16-2017
08:37 AM ET (US)
I agree about RAH. I wonder why no one ever thought to record his concerts here and Europe that was dumb. Period!
50227
ROSS (UK) to Ed & All
03-16-2017
06:06 AM ET (US)
The Presley and Elton performances are outstanding I agree. I wonder if you have tried another 70's to 90's performer who I think has been undervalued....John Denver he had a beautiful and singular voice...I would suggest you listen to "For You" on YouTube its from a 90's live TV performance and unusually he accompanies himself on the piano (ala Elton). Possibly the only Male current UK performer who I think would do this song justice is Rhydian Roberts...and again Ed I would strongly suggest you look him up on YouTube particularly his rendition of "To where you are"....its stunning. He is strictly speaking a Baritone, but with his "extended" range even takes on "Nessun Dorma" on his latest CD, and in addition does BOTH parts of the "Pearl Fishers" Duet. Worth a search.
50226
Ed to Fred
03-15-2017
07:57 PM ET (US)
Fred, I took your advice about those Presley tracks with London Phil. I liked several and ordered the CD from Amazon. While I think they offer a new spin on the original tracks, there can never be as good as the originals. In 87 Elton John toured Australia with the Melbourne symphony I have the CD set it is exciting to hear his music backed up and his iconic piano, this was greatness recognized. I have several Caruso CDs where they were enhanced I like them but nothing as good as original
50225
Ed to Ross
03-15-2017
07:08 PM ET (US)
I agree about RAH. I wonder why no one ever thought to record his concerts here and Europe that was dumb. Period!
50224
ROSS (UK)
03-15-2017
08:13 AM ET (US)
Just had an interesting thought.....I wonder what the Sepia team could do with the live Albert Hall recordings? There we have Mario actually singing IN the Hall....not "engineered" with the RPO as with the recent Elvis CD.
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ROSS (UK) to Jeff and Ed
03-15-2017
05:33 AM ET (US)
Thanks Gents...I agree with you wholeheartedly. I too think that the appearance on the scene of SEPIA has highlighted that if a (comparatively) small company can do such outstanding jobs of "re-aligning" the Lanza legacy with the "warm" (original) sound of vinyl.....what have the BIG BOYS such as RCA ...BMG...and SONY been doing all these years.
Their point of view appears to be "If we can get away with issuing the same or similar tracks all the time and achieve "reasonable" sales WHY try any harder to improve the quality of our product....AND totally forget us trying to unearth any "real gems" from the top shelf because that will cause loads more copyright and licensing problems"
I realise this is their excuse....but it CAN be done: look at the recent work they have done with Elvis track that were (in their original form) already very acceptable.
Of my digital library the "Sepia" discs now take pride of place followed by many of the tracks on the "Rense" triple CD set...(IF ANYONE DOES NOT HAVE THEM THEY ARE A GOOD INVESTMENT TOO).
I hope that the Derek's do not take any of this personally ( that is never intended)....they are the "tailors" of the ongoing Lanza heritage... but we must remember they can only work with the "MATERIAL" that the companies allow to be used!!
ps ; Jeffrey I like the "Trumped" pun
50222
Fred Day
03-15-2017
02:32 AM ET (US)
Re: the two Derek's: I'll say "Amen" to that!! Ciao.
50221
Jeffrey Campbell
03-14-2017
08:38 PM ET (US)
Hello all, I must emphasise what others have said here and on Derek McGovern's site, the Sepia Lanza issues will answer all queries about sound purity. They have the warm vinyl warmth that Vince and Ross are seeking, they are mastered from the finest vinyl and tape sources available, and they feature the best of English language, Neapolitan, Italian and operatic selections in the Lanza canon. Noone seeking the finest of Lanza's work should be without these CD's. I know that Sony should be producing the "Best of Everything" but here I should say that Sepia has trumped them (pardon the pun)in the "All Thrills, No Frills" department! I think it is great that the TWO Derek's are both working so tirelessly to promote the Lanza legacy!
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Ed to Ross and Vincent
03-14-2017
12:01 PM ET (US)
Gentlemen, I too am a fan many years as far back as a teen in 1964. During the late 60s LPs like I'll See You In My Deeams and If You Are But A Dream became two new LPs in my collection that started with the soundtrack from Seven Hills. I played them on the family record player (no stereo) and was happy with what I had. I had perhaps seven LPs, when CDs came along I grabbed them. Most LPs were either stolen or lost over the years, now with perhaps 15 CDs and sets I was ok. About two years ago I got a turntable for Christmas and connected it to my Bose and listened to one I had left the LP Caruso Favorites and the search was on. I was able to buy several on mint shape and graciously accepted many others from fans on this page. What I'm saying is I prefer the LP, they have a truer sound and the voice is expanded.
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Vince Di Placido (Jnr)
03-14-2017
08:59 AM ET (US)
Can I just stress I don't want any "enhancements" to these classic recordings, what I'm looking for is a warm caressing tone, a bit of presence! We are talking about the the most golden caressing Tenor voice of all time, it shouldn't sound thin & metallic on a prestigious Sony 2017 remastered cd release.
I feel the ball has been dropped here. Derek Mannering did you ok this remastering job before release?
Did you not hear the problems?
I ask this will all due respect & not to upset anyone. As a lifelong devoted fan of Mario. I just want to hear him at his best.
Edited 03-14-2017 08:59 AM
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ROSS (UK)
03-14-2017
08:24 AM ET (US)
First off let me say I have been a Lanza fan since the age of 10 (1962) and have through the years bought Cassette tapes then LP’s and Ep’s which led on in the 80’s to CD’s and also DVD’s. I have every respect for the Lanza fraternity, finding almost all of them loyal and friendly people sharing a respect for the outstanding Lanza voice.
Why the “flannel “you may ask….because I find I must be a little critical….NOT of the fans…but of the “powers” that be…be it RCA or MGM or SONY (or whoever “owns” Lanza at the moment) that issue the latest tracks for re-issue.
I have listened to “The Best of everything” track excerpts on Amazon…they are very clear( perhaps even “metallic|”) and for the odd person who does not have “Be my Love, Because You’re Mine, and Serenade” et la. Possibly a reasonable buy. But for the larger section of “average” Lanza aficionado (which I class myself) I must have bought equally good copies of “BML” and BYM” in different guises 15/20 times since the 60’s ….serenade 10/12 and the list goes on. Remember that a 50’s recording will always be a 50’s recording and often “forcing” ultimate clarity from it very often only uncovers the inherent 50’s sonic flaws which were “masked” in the original. Caruso sounds more in “keeping” when playing a clean “original” rather than a digitally enhanced version with a totally changed orchestral dynamic.
Just read Vincent’s entry (Hi Vince!) I respect his judgement in these things.. and from the sound of it some of the tracks sound like they are suffering from “over cleaning”…this can happen when the track is “brightened” to enhance the Tenor notes at the expense of the “bass line”….a similar effect was used to ruin the “electronic Stereo” LP’s of the 60’s when one speaker gave out the “metallic” sound and the other suffered from a “hum”.
Isn’t it time that the “owner/s”…be it SONY or whoever got together with others and offered a CD (perhaps with attached DVD?) giving us some of the “OUTTAKE” material….which we know was shot for (particularly) “Great Caruso” and “Serenade”…but probably others (eg: “all the things you are” from BYM?)
I have been told before that it “could not be done” ….well I say it will NEVER be done as long as we give GOOD sales figures to their policy of “dusting off “tracks they already have on the shelf from the last “best of” CD they issued 10 years ago…,rather than biting the bullet and finding something “fresh to market”. With the best will in the world adding a few "alternate" tracks that were possibly turned down originally as "failing" in some way are still basically the SAME song. !
I think I lost a lot of my remaining respect for RCA (possibly 20 or more years ago) when they issued an LP album (in UK at least) entitled “PURE GOLD”….it was “Lanza on Broadway” by another title….if THEY think that LOB was “pure gold” !!! The mind boggles. AND highlights the old “IF they don’t complain keep giving them the same OLD tracks” approach!
This is not meant to criticize Derek or his sterling work for Lanza….more a sad comment on the lack of interest “from above” in allowing HIM/US access to the REAL “PURE GOLD” sitting mouldering on shelves somewhere through apathy.
Best to you all.
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Brian Harrison
03-14-2017
06:20 AM ET (US)
It would appear that "The Best of Everything" has gone some way to answering my question about "Unreleased" recordings. Well done, keep them coming. Best wishes to you all Brian.
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Ronald Sarbo
03-13-2017
08:29 PM ET (US)
Fred: Mercury, MGM, and United Artists are all under Universal's umbrella through various mergers. Warner Bros. Reprise or WEA is the THIRD global label but they have been looking for some time to merge with somebody. WEA wanted to merge with EMI but when that fell thru EMI merged with Universal. WEA has recently made a foray into classical music with a series of classical box sets that have been fairly well received.

I am very pleased with the sound on "The Best Of Everything".
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Vince Di Placido (Jnr)
03-13-2017
06:21 PM ET (US)
I received the 2cd "Best of Everything" today & I am reasonably happy with the selections, of course you will never please all the people all the time :-)
So firstly well done Derek Mannering for keeping the official releases coming & creating a fair enough representation of Mario as an artist. But I have to ask about the remastering... Derek, did you hear their work as they were going along?
It's just that the sound is overly bright & lacks warmth & a certain bloom in Mario's voice.
The recordings are clean of course but there is practically no bass frequencies.
It's a shame Sony didn't take the care with the project's sound as it was about the best track selections you've made Derek.
So good news & bad news...
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Fred Day
03-13-2017
05:09 PM ET (US)
Ron: Thanks for that info. I guess I am a little behind re: Universal. (Or maybe a big behind!) So now Angel Records and London Records, once rivals, are now the same company. They are truly Universal, except for Sony. Does Universal also own Warner Bros/Reprise?? Who owns Mercury Records?? And MGM Records?? And United Artists Records?? Curious. Re: Nessun Dorma, that might very well be the case. Seems logical. Ciao.
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Ronald Sarbo
03-13-2017
03:57 PM ET (US)
Fred: MCA/Decca/London are also under Universal and have been for many years.

I am only speculating but they may have picked the more restrained "Nessun Dorma" because they knew there would be dialogue while Lanza was singing.
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Fred Day
03-13-2017
02:23 PM ET (US)
Ed: You can hear on youtube most of the 2 Elvis CD's with the London Philharmonic Orch. They are quite good. One reviewer wrote: "At last they got it right!!" Another praised it, saying it was like hearing entirely new versions of the songs. Check it out on youtube - I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I was. Glad you are feeling better. May it continue. Ciao.
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Fred Day
03-13-2017
02:15 PM ET (US)
Ron: Actually, there are 3 major record companies globally - don't forget MCA/Decca/London. The dialog during Nessun Dorma is only in the film, not in Lanza's recording. I wonder whose decision it was to make a take 2, and to use take 2 in the film?? Perhaps Lanza himself made that decision. Maybe he was dissatisfied with take 1?? Who knows?? I like both takes. Curious. Ciao.
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Ronald Sarbo
03-13-2017
12:46 PM ET (US)
Received 2 CD set today. Cannot praise it enough. "Nessun Dorma" alternate take magnificent and to me more thrilling than the one used in the film which may have been chosen as there was dialogue heard while Lanza was singing. "If You Were Mine" alternate take even more emotional than released version. FINALLY the 1957 "Loveliest Night Of The Year"...the wait is over. The Coke "Be My Love" in optimum sound on an official release.

Truly an INTERNATIONAL release...Derek Mannering's notes presented in English, German, and French. As to the comment about SONY's merger with RCA there are now basically only 2 record companies globally SONY and Universal which recently acquired Capitol/EMI. This makes for fierce competition in the marketplace especially with physical product being phased out in favor of downloads.

We are indeed fortunate to have Mr. Mannering advocating for Lanza at this time and in this environment.
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Ed
03-11-2017
06:18 PM ET (US)
Fred, thanks so much, I'm on the mend and doing a little better as the days go on. As far as the Elvis compilation I don't have it nor heard it. IMHO given the fact that Elvis most importantly a rock and roll singer whose heart was deeply rooted in gospel I don't see it mixing as I didn't when he was dubbed with Celine Dion singing a charted hit If I Can Dream with soared to # 1 on BB a week later, many say it was because he had just come live again and Vegas bound, I say it was simply the phenomenom we know is Elvis. Many years back I watched an episode of Lawrence Welk and they played a Beatles song All My Loving and it was just not right. Same for Elvis he needs no help.
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Fred Day
03-11-2017
05:34 PM ET (US)
Ed: Speaking of Elvis, what is your opinion of the 2 Elvis CD's with the London Philharmonic Orchestra?? Most reviews I have read offer great praise. Curious. Ciao.
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Fred Day
03-11-2017
05:31 PM ET (US)
Ed: I can answer your "secondly". Several years ago, Sony/Columbia and BMG/RCA merged. They are now the same company. They were the oldest record companies in the USA. Way back in the acoustic era, they were rivals, all the way to the 1990's. Victor always had more opera singers than Columbia, and their biggest star was Caruso, in the early days. In the hi fi era, they both had many fine artists, both classical and popular. Now they are one company, and have pooled their many resources. Ciao.
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Ed to Derek
03-11-2017
05:10 PM ET (US)
Hi Derek, firstly let me commend you on One Alone I've listened to my copy three times and I have it playing now. I tell you it's as though Mario is in our home in concert. I especially enjoy I Love Thee, Golden Days and One Alone, all others most praiseworthy in group or alone.

Secondly, would you explain to me how Sony has rights to some or all recordings, where does RCA or BMG fit in? I along with a world full of Mario's fans graciously accept what we get from time to time and realize the challenges there are in doing so. Thirdly, I keep hearing "the can", many alternate takes of Elvis appear now and then. I always felt bad that after the SP debacle how we lost good time in the studio.

Thirdly, during my recovering from major surgery it is your CD that helps me on. Best Ed
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Suzanne
03-11-2017
03:45 PM ET (US)
We all have a different view. Although I love every photo taken of Mario, I'm very fond of the cover of "One Alone". I'm sure he has tears in his eyes.
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Ed
03-10-2017
06:31 PM ET (US)
I just ordered my copy of best of everything cd, I previewed some tracks and although only through headphones and my iPhone I cannot believe how great those sounded and cannot wait to get it. Enjoying One Alone!!!
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Gail Swartz
03-10-2017
05:33 PM ET (US)
Phil-UK...have a photo of Mario enlarged...place on foamboard.. cut away the excess, carefully...hang the results. Since Mario disliked formality, why choose him a tux? I would choose the one taken at Warner studio walking with the family..he so relaxed and approachable.
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Bill Ronayne
03-10-2017
05:20 PM ET (US)

The April 2017 "The Legacy of Mario Lanza" newsletter has just been published and mailed out. It features coverage of the recent Lanza Birthday party in Philly and the MLSNY luncheon as well as a guest article by Derek Mannering on the New 2-Cd release from Sony plus the usual features on Mario Lanza. To subscribe contact wjronayne@optonline.net for more information. Best, Bill
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phil uk
03-10-2017
10:26 AM ET (US)
Ed,yes a scene from Tosca & a scene from La Boheme were cut,we have the audio but alas not the visuals! Now calling British admirers i have just moved into a new property & wish to have a nice photo of Mario to adorn a wall,so where could i obtain a large (at least 21x28 cm)copy of that wonderful picture on the reverse of the New Sepia cd ONE ALONE booklet of Mario singing Vesti....from TGC,can anyone help here.Thanks
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Ed
03-10-2017
09:15 AM ET (US)
Phil, I didn't know there were deleted opera scenes from Serenade, it would've been great to see them, ya never know.
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phil uk
03-10-2017
08:14 AM ET (US)
As Fred mentions the elusive Hollywood Bowl Celeste Aida i wonder if we shall ever see the deleted Serenade opera scenes,it would be great to see them.
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Fred Day
03-09-2017
10:44 AM ET (US)
Yes, "A Night To Remember" melody was used as a jingle for Reingold beer, on radio and TV in the mid 1950's - nationwide. The original melody was called "Estudiantina" by Emil Walteufel, the same man who wrote The Skater's Waltz. Ciao.
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Fred Day
03-09-2017
10:30 AM ET (US)
One Lanza performance still remains lost: Celeste Aida from his third Hollywood Bowl appearance, dated August 16, 1949. One can only hope that someday it will be found. Fortunately we do have his Rigoletto love duet with Mary Jane Smith, from that same appearance. Ciao.
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Fred Day
03-09-2017
10:18 AM ET (US)
The Lord's Prayer live performance is from Lanza's second appearance on the Edgar Bergen radio show, dated December 19, 1948. Despite its sonic shortcomings, it is a magnificent performance. All in all, the sound quality is pretty good, considering its age and source, from an acetate disc. Ciao.
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Brian Harrison
03-09-2017
09:37 AM ET (US)
Hello Dereck, thank you for the information about the source of the Lord's Prayer track on the "One Alone" cd. I was listening to the cd when this track came on and I thought my system had got a fault, the rest of the sound quality being so good. My remarks about unreleased material were one of genuine interest in what might still be available in the vaults and was in no way meant to criticize your and Sepias work in producing these fantastic cds. I thought my post might create comments from other people on this site. I have bought Mario's records since the days of 78s and I still have them. I wish you every success in your efforts to bring us the next Mario cd and thank you for what you have done so far. Best wishes to all, Brian.
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Derek McGovern to Brian H
03-09-2017
07:35 AM ET (US)
Hello Brian: I'm sorry the sound quality of The Lord's Prayer bothered you on Sepia's "One Alone." But I can assure you that it was *not* the 1951 Coke version (which you'll be able to hear in undoubtedly better sound on the forthcoming Sony release "The Best of Everything")---it really was a live performance. The occasion was a 1948 NBC radio broadcast (from the days when broadcasts were still live events), and an audience was present at the venue. And while the sound quality may not have been the best due to its acetate origin, I feel that Mario's impressive performance and the historical nature of the occasion (the only live rendition we have from him of The Lord's Prayer) more than justified its inclusion on the CD.

The Sepia CDs, in any event, aren't aimed at fans who want to possess every unreleased recording---RCA or otherwise---that Mario made; they're aimed at listeners who want to hear him singing at his best (regardless of how primitive the sound quality may be on certain private recordings). Often that includes non-commercial gems that aren't readily available elsewhere, or previously released RCA recordings, such as Love Me Tonight on the present CD, beautifully remastered from the original, vibrant vinyl. But if it's unreleased takes from the Coke show and RCA outtakes that you'd prefer to hear, then you should probably stick to buying the Sony releases.
Edited 03-09-2017 08:15 AM
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Ed
03-08-2017
02:44 PM ET (US)
Hi Everyone, I am professing slowly and doing great, my visiting nurse has cut me loose to get me to be more independent.
They say music has a healing power well none more than the voice of our Mario. While a month in the hospital and ten days in ICU you realize what makes you happy. Many hours asleep I had no thought of music, perhaps a song from my phone is all. While I am home Mario is playing in my living room and I am alone. This is a special gift because it was given to from a dear friend. Mario is back where he belongs with me. This is a wonderful cd many faves and a job well done Derek another GREAT product. Thanks!
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Ed
03-08-2017
02:25 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, I will private email you ok ?
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Brian Harrison
03-08-2017
11:01 AM ET (US)
To Dereck McGovern and Phil. I too commend Sepia for their efforts in producing their Mario cds. I find them all fantastic even though I, like many others here, have most of the recordings gathered over the past 70 years (I am 80 next May). I also re-read quite often Dereck Mannering's "Mario Lanza A Biography" 1993 edition in which in the discography there are many recordings which are deemed Unreleased. Since my copy of the book was published I wonder how many recordings are still unreleased and if there are any would they be the basis for a further cd? I realise there may be copyright problems between Sony, RCA and others. What do others here think of my suggestion? With regards to the One Alone cd I feel that The Lord's Prayer track should not have been included. When I first played it I thought my equipment was packing up. It seems to me that this was a recording made by someone taping the original October 1951 version on poor equipment. Also did the Jeff Alexander Choir appear with Mario at this so called live concert? Anyway gripe over, can I suggest a title for these still unreleased performances - "Mario Lanza Released At Last". Any comments? Best wishes to you all, Brian.
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Suzanne
03-08-2017
10:25 AM ET (US)
Hi Ed. Glad you have it so quickly. Mine took weeks! Enjoy it, but do note "One Alone", Mario "drifting". So sad. Haven't found the ML Collection you have or the Cesari CD. Have to keep looking. More than welcome,btw. Best.
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Ed
03-07-2017
05:54 PM ET (US)

I found Behold, it is from the three cd The Mario Lanza Collection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnTFzRQZMhk&app=desktop
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Ed
03-07-2017
12:50 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, just got it and will listen in a few. I just listened to Cesari cd and Behold not on on it. Just threw new cd on my Bose and really enjoying it, this will definitely aid my recovery, thank you so very much🐶
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Suzanne
03-07-2017
11:13 AM ET (US)
Gail, "A Life in Pictures" by Derek Mannering may be the closest thing, but I suppose there will always be some photos out there that we've missed.Fred, thanks , have to look for it , I have so many can't lift the box any more. Lose track of what I have ,just don't recall "Behold". CD from Cesari's book among them somewhere. Mario photos on my wall, as well,along with mirrors of the moon and the stars, which he is to me..
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Ed
03-06-2017
07:28 PM ET (US)
A night to remember melody was used in the 50s for a Rheingold beer commercial here in NY city.
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Diane Cox
03-06-2017
07:03 PM ET (US)
A night to remember is one of my favorites - so calm and low key, so emotional.
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Fred Day
03-06-2017
05:40 PM ET (US)
Suzanne: "Behold" is just a song, not from any show. It was from Mario's last recording session in the USA, along with A Night To Remember, and Come Dance With Me. Henri Rene conductor. All 3 songs are on "The Mario Lanza Collection", a 3 CD set by BMG/RCA. I presume you have that fine set?? Ciao.
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Fred Day
03-06-2017
05:32 PM ET (US)
Ed: Glad you are feeling better. Your strength will improve, slow but sure. Take it easy, get plenty of rest with mild exercise, and follow all doctor's orders. By the end of this month you will feel much stronger. Yes, I have the CD from Armando's book, the first edition. You probably have the second edition. I think the CD is the same in both editions. Enjoy. Ciao.
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Gail Swartz
03-06-2017
04:43 PM ET (US)
How I would love to have a whole big book of just photos of Mario Lanza.On Pinterest I have encountered a few photos that I have never seen before..some were studio portraits. Check out my Mario pins.
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Gail Swartz
03-06-2017
04:37 PM ET (US)
Hobby! I loved his intros and comments about the TCM movies!
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Ed
03-06-2017
04:20 PM ET (US)
Went to my cardiologist today and got a good report and due back in two months. Slowly getting back but that darn weakness is still there. Went from a walker to a cane which has been my good friend. Suzanne I'm so excited about the cd as I said I couldn't listen to Mario as I wanted because of just wanting to sleep. I played the Cesari cd till Sunday and it was good. I will email you when I get it🐶🇱🇷☘️
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Suzanne
03-06-2017
04:15 PM ET (US)
Oh, the photos were great , especially the cover shot. Love the poignant expression, just Mario.
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Suzanne
03-06-2017
04:12 PM ET (US)
After my first "listen", I found the CD exciting,but have to say that it seemed Mario wasn't really "there" when singing "One Alone". Noting the date, I realized why and find it sad. Oddly , I've never before heard "Behold". Is it from something particular? Anyway, it seemed as though he was in the room with me, the sound was so wonderful. Glad I have it.
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Suzanne
03-06-2017
04:02 PM ET (US)
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Kristine
03-06-2017
03:02 PM ET (US)
Robert Osborne, host of movies, at TCM, passed away at 84. RIP.
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Suzanne
03-06-2017
01:25 PM ET (US)
Think many did Gail. Thought I read that he was singing for the Society Matrons of Philadelphia at Wanamaker
s Department Store.Sure he was their darling!
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Suzanne
03-06-2017
01:20 PM ET (US)
Of course,Ed. Right away when I purchased it in 2005. Now to look for it again! Received the Cd on Saturday. Hope to hear it this afternoon. Hope yours gets there soon. You're sounding good! Wondered about those stairs. Best.
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Gail Swartz
03-06-2017
01:19 PM ET (US)
Yes, Ed, I have played the CDs that come with Cesari's book. Enjoyed hearing the progression of Mario's voice....I like his singing no matter where his talented voice took him in his journey. What I have always wondered ...Why did not someone recognize his talent when he was singing as a youth?
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Ed
03-06-2017
10:58 AM ET (US)
Has anyone ever played the cd that accompanied the book by Cesari, I've found it to be excellent especially the home recordings?
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phil uk
03-06-2017
05:15 AM ET (US)
to Derek McGovern.thanks for your reply to my messages,yes i will re-visit those earlier discs however clearly there is a difference sonically(at least to my ears)between those opera cds & the latest release ONE ALONE so much so that i was motivated to praise you & Sepia for that different sound,however let me say that ALL Lanza cds are to be welcomed so long after his passing.I wish you well on any future releases you may wish to produce.
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Bill Ronayne
03-05-2017
10:07 AM ET (US)

From yesterday's Mario Lanza Society of NY luncheon at Patsy's Restaurant. L-R: Elaine Malbin, David Maiullo, Teresa Castillo and Lou Barrella. Sorry that the picture is a little blurry. It was another wonderful afternoon at Patsy's with great performances from soprano Teresa Castillo and accompanist David Maiullo and some wonderful video including a name the tenor in the Flower Song from Carmen by Lou Barrella and some live video with Mario Lanza from 1954 and also Ms. Malbin from 1996. We also listened to selections from the Mario album. Patsy's chef Sal Scognamillo and I share a birthday (actually the 14th of March) but we had an early celebration at the luncheon. Best, Bill
Edited 03-05-2017 10:08 AM
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Derek McGovern to Phil UK
03-04-2017
10:21 PM ET (US)
Hi Phil: As one of the people involved with the new Sepia release "One Alone," it's been gratifying to read your glowing comments about the CD. Getting both the sound and the selections right was something that we laboured over for months, and Vince Di Placido and I spared no expense in tracking down the best vinyl reproductions from the 1950s and early 1960s. We had a ball doing so, though, discovering in the process just how superior some of those vinyl reproductions were in capturing the nuances and excitement of the Lanza voice. And thanks to the generosity of Armando Cesari, who shared home recordings given to him by Mario's daughter Colleen, we were also able to include the best reproduction I've heard of the 1952 "Tell Me, Oh Blue Blue Sky."

Along with Vince, Armando, and fellow collaborators Lee Ann and Carmel, we receive no profit from the Sepia CDs———just the thrill of showcasing what we consider the best of Mario Lanza.

If I were you, I wouldn't feel disappointed by the supposed lack of enthusiasm expressed here for "One Alone." I've actually been agreeably surprised by the number of positive comments that I've read on this forum about the CD, including some wonderful posts from Joe, Sam and Martino.

But I've also been surprised by your *own* enthusiasm for this CD, given that you were so critical of the sound quality on the first three of the five Sepia CDs that we worked on! I feel you should give those CDs another chance, as they include live performances and private recordings either unavailable elsewhere or in better sound than usual. They include a mind-blowing Royal Variety Show performance of "E lucevan le stelle" (distinct from the Sunday Night at London Palladium version), the best of the 1947-49 Hollywood Bowl performances (check out the stunning reproduction of "Agnus Dei"), and several exciting private recordings. And on "Mario Lanza: My Italian Soul," you can hear beautifully remastered reproductions of the highlights of the "Mario!" and "Caruso Favorites" albums.

Will there be more Sepia releases? I certainly hope so! And if there are, you can be sure that we'll do our best to include more of the exciting rarities that you've been requesting here :)

But for now I'm looking forward to both the new documentary and the double-CD from Sony. The comments made by Joseph Calleja, in particular, on the various teasers posted on YouTube for the doco have been brilliant, while the new set from Sony is easily the best compilation (for my money) that Derek Mannering has assembled. The inclusion of some of Mario's finest 1955-59 recordings was a most welcome surprise, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Sony has also done him proud with the quality of its remastering.
Edited 03-04-2017 10:56 PM
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Ed
03-04-2017
02:15 PM ET (US)
To all, many thanks for all the care I've been reading our forum, I'm overwhelmed by your lovely words. With and inch of progress each dayI've driven myself to the point of going upstairs to the bathroom using a cane and taking baby steps one by one 13 steps. What once was two at a time seems like a mountain now but I get there. I was so sick in bed I couldn't listen to Mario but making up for it now with the cd that came with Armando,s book, Ed
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phil uk
03-04-2017
10:03 AM ET (US)
Although i was a critic of the sound quality of the earlier Sepia opera releases,as stated several times the new ONE ALONE cd is a revelation soundwise & i am surprised that positive comments have been few on this fine Lanza forum.Praise where praise is due i believe!
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Dennis
03-03-2017
08:35 PM ET (US)
Ed, happy birthday! You were in our thoughts and prayers once we heard of your struggle. Good to have you back. Keep on that road to full recovery. We want to enjoy your fervent support of Mario that you express so well on this site.
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Suzanne
03-03-2017
01:15 PM ET (US)
Ed, had an email, your CD is on its way..
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Suzanne
03-03-2017
01:13 PM ET (US)
Ed. Happy Birthday! And home just in time to enjoy it with your family. Hope you're feeling better every day. You'll really like the book. Think I've mentioned that it was the catalyst for my renewed love of Mario. I'd liked him years before,but getting the book started everything all over again, and with more intensity. Made me the adoring supporter I am today. Didn't realize you hadn't read it. You won't be able to put it down. Best of everything.
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Martino to Ed
03-03-2017
10:59 AM ET (US)
Happy Birthday Ed, and many, many more! Glad the therapy is going well and I know you will be up and around in no time. I also know you will enjoy Armando's book - it is one of the best.
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Ed
03-03-2017
08:41 AM ET (US)
I'm doing better today and of course it's my birthday. Today I turned 69 and very glad to be home and although little slow to progress I'm doing well,good reports from therapists. My son got me Mario's book by Cesari for my birthday I will get to it soon
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Kristine
03-03-2017
05:09 AM ET (US)
Happy Birthday, Ed ! I heard another Mario Lanza CD is being released. Anyone know what songs will be on it ?
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Fred Day
03-03-2017
02:31 AM ET (US)
Happy Birthday Ed, and many more. Ciao.
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Diane Cox
03-02-2017
03:38 PM ET (US)
Have a happy day, Ed.
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Ed
03-02-2017
03:23 PM ET (US)
I'm doing better today and of course it's my birthday. Today I turned 69 and very glad to be home and although little slow to progress I'm doing well,good reports from therapists. My son got me Mario's book by Cesari for my birthday I will get to it soon
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Martino
02-28-2017
10:36 AM ET (US)
To continue about the turntable, the Miniot Wheel will probably be a little expensive, over $500 or so. Right now the best deal in turntables can be found here: http://www.focuscamera.com/audio-technica-...3&utm_term=11175624

This is the AudioTechnica LP-120 that is very highly rated by pro reviewers and consumers alike. It has many features but two that should be mentioned. The 120 has an internal pre-amp for direct connection to modern amplifiers, which generally no longer have a phono pre-amp built in. This means you can play the 120 on virtually any equipment, new or old. The second feature is the usb connection. With this feature you can digitize your vinyl connection (with the included software that is compatible with both Mac and PC).

I have a similar but older model of this turntable and it is well worth the money for those times you just want to play a record for nostalgia's sake, or to hear that warm sound that only records can produce. In fact, I may just buy this to have something new to play with! At $100 off list price you can't go wrong. Forgot to mention this price is for a refurbished unit but is covered under a three month warranty.
Edited 02-28-2017 10:39 AM
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Martino
02-27-2017
05:41 PM ET (US)
We sometimes talk about the best ways to view Lanza films (advances in TVs, projectors) and hearing him (speakers, new CD releases, etc.). One of the first pieces of equipment any of us had was a turntable and we have discussed those here as well. I know Ed and Sam are really fans of hearing Lanza on vinyl - and so am I.

Today I discovered one of the neatest new turntables you can imagine. It is called the Miniot Wheel. The "Wheel" is just that too, a wheel with the playing mechanism and even the stylus mounted underneath the record rather than on top. It is a true table top device and can even play vertically. The Miniot Wheel should be available later this year and although I have no idea about the sound quality this thing puts out I am sure it will be fairly impressive. You can learn more about it here: https://djworx.com/wheel-by-miniot/.
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Suzanne
02-27-2017
09:52 AM ET (US)
Ed. Hope it's all uphill from here! It was my turn to do something for you, but it seems you won't receive it until the third week of March at the earliest..Don't have mine yet, but Mario's worth waiting for.Maybe the sun is shining there and it looks a lot like Spring as it does here.Best.
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Diane Cox
02-27-2017
12:52 AM ET (US)
Ed, my dad was born Jan2 1914 and died Jan6 1970. Age 56
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Ed
02-26-2017
07:32 PM ET (US)
Hi all, I'm home thank God. I'm with my wife and brother in law in my home and glad to be here.
Fred my dad would have been 96 on the 19th of January, sadly he died at 59. Damon told me once when I told him he said "all good men are born in January"
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Fred Day
02-26-2017
12:54 PM ET (US)
I had forgotten that Hugh Downs is still alive, age 96 on Valentine's day. He was born on Feb 14th, 1921, just 2 weeks after Lanza's birth. Ciao.
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Fred Day
02-26-2017
12:50 PM ET (US)
Welcome home, Ed. You will be fit as a fiddle in only a few weeks - take it easy with plenty of rest, and moderate exercise. Follow all doctor's orders. Best wishes always. Ciao.
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Ed
02-26-2017
12:39 PM ET (US)
Home today Sunday. Lots of appointments to make tomorrow and I am glad to be alive because I should have checked this two years ago. Can't wait to see every one today, I'll stay in touch.
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Fred Day
02-26-2017
10:27 AM ET (US)
Ed: Welcome home, later today. Get well soon. By the way, yesterday was Caruso's 144th birthday. Ciao.
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phil uk
02-26-2017
06:55 AM ET (US)
once again i am endorsing the new Sepia cd ONE ALONE,all the tracks are in superb sound but the Night & Day track is outstanding Mario almost sounds LIVE! This cd has been so well done by the sound engineer,praise to him.Now looking forward to the other release next month.Mario passed away in 1959 & we are still getting great audio releases we should be grateful to these guys who get this all together.Well done all.
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David Weaver
02-25-2017
04:22 PM ET (US)
Ed, glad to hear you're doing better.

Re Lanza and Elvis, several of his "Memphis Mafia" pals said he loved "The Student Prince" film and album. Priscilla said a few years ago when they released the "If I Can Dream" album of Elvis recordings with new backings by the London Philharmonic that the first thing she and Elvis talked about was their mutual love of Lanza and "The Student Prince."
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Ed
02-25-2017
02:00 PM ET (US)
Still here till tomorrow testing my new meds and so far all is ok. I started growing a beard like my boys because I'm on a blood thinner and can't risk cutting myself. Suzanne I am looking to hear the new cd and again many thanks for your kindness. Luckily I have over 150 Mario on my phone. I walk about 100 feet on my own with an aide right behind me.
Kris, Elvis loved Mario I know but I doubt it was SP I know they found a copy of TGC and Caruso album in his room after he died.
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Suzanne
02-25-2017
01:32 PM ET (US)
Ed. Hope you're home now. Hi to Darleen. Sure you'll take good care of our friend,Ed.
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Kristine
02-24-2017
08:50 PM ET (US)
Ed, happy you will be going home. Get well soon. There's a book, "Elvis : Faq Films" by Paul Simpson. It's trivia about Elvis Presley's movies. In one section, it mentioned some of his favorite movies, one of them, was "The Student Prince" and he played "The Student Prince" soundtrack album so much, he wore it out !
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Ed
02-24-2017
05:32 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, thank you so very much that is the second good news I heard today, the first one was I'm going home tomorrow. I'll have many appointments made for me to keep. I guess my three years at the gym got me through it also a lot of faith in God. Not out of the woods yet but it starts tomorrow when I get into our car home. The hospital saved my life presently but gave me heads up on what may be out there and treat or get rid of.
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Suzanne
02-24-2017
02:35 PM ET (US)
Ed. a postscript. I am ordering the CD for you. Will have it sent to your home. Mine is still on the way.
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Diane Cox
02-24-2017
02:18 PM ET (US)
Ed, it's a good thing you were in good shape to begin with - going to the gym often and taking care of yourself. Slow and steady will get the job done.
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Suzanne
02-24-2017
02:14 PM ET (US)
Hi Ed. glad to hear of your progress. Hope you aren't totally solitary and Mario's with you all the time.Now to get stronger.Best.
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Ed
02-24-2017
01:57 PM ET (US)
Hi All, well I'm still here in solitary but at least I'm no longer bound by IV tubes on both arms and free to move. I still need assistance in walking to my toilet because there is so much atrophy I am shaky. I'm going back to rehab today because things are holding stready. I need assistance in walking because of so much time in bed but once I'm home I have best care. I've been reading all the posts about the cd and can't wait to order mine. Hope you all are well.
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phil uk
02-24-2017
05:48 AM ET (US)
just got the new Sepia cd ONE ALONE & the sound is excellent! as is the presentation.I did not like the sound on the past operatic offerings but this is far better & Lanza admirers should buy it.Now lets get those rehearsal items on cd,Mario at his most awesome.
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Suzanne
02-23-2017
10:53 AM ET (US)
Ed. hoped you were at home, but sounds like they're doing a great job for you.Making sure all's well before sending you to the family. Thinking of you all the time, and wishing you the best of everything.Hope you feel much better.
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Fred Day
02-22-2017
04:29 PM ET (US)
Ed: Hope you will be back home early next week. Glad you are feeling better. Ciao.
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Ed
02-22-2017
01:15 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, I'm still here day 16. Although I'm recovering it is slow and they are working different combinations of meds for heart, I'm on a blood thinner but feel confident about a full recovery. Perhaps home early next week. Crossing fingers. Stay tuned
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Suzanne
02-22-2017
11:34 AM ET (US)
Ed, are you back at home ? Thought of Darleen , sure she was distraught. Glad you're feeling better. Looking like Spring here.
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Ed
02-21-2017
03:56 PM ET (US)
Phil-Thank you it was a good idea. I'm slowly coming back from 15 days in solitary slowly leaving the vampires who suck blood out day and night. As I may have said it's the worst time in my life. I'll be back certain,sad for my wife alone in an empty big house. Thanks again friend.
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phil uk
02-21-2017
06:26 AM ET (US)
To Ed,when i have been ill or down emotionally i listen to Mario singing "somebody bigger than" & it helps alot hoping it helps you also.
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Kristine
02-21-2017
05:22 AM ET (US)
Jeffrey and Derek, thanks for information. What are the prices of the CD and DVD in American currency ?
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Derek Mannering
02-20-2017
06:25 PM ET (US)
Kristine, keep in mind that the documentary is being launched from the U.K. so you need to expand your search on Amazon to include the British site, www.amazon.co.uk If you have an account with Amazon they'll convert the cost from pounds to dollars when you place your order – simple as that.

Jeffrey, both the DVD and the CD will be available on Amazon's American site in due course. Work on the CD "The Best of Everything" began here in the U.S. and was completed by Sony Classical in Europe, which explains why the European websites are the first to advertise it. I understand, too, that the DVD is region free, so there should be no problem viewing it here in America.
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Jeffrey Campbell
02-20-2017
04:11 PM ET (US)
That link again, https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_...s%2Ck%3AMario+Lanza
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Jeffrey Campbell
02-20-2017
04:09 PM ET (US)
Hello again, Kristine. Derek M. can correct me if I'm wrong here, but at the moment, tahe DVD and double-CD set, both entitled "The Best of Everything" are. only available through Amazon in the UK. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?...ords=Mario+Lanza.As you can, they are available for pre-order now, and will be released mid-March. As Linz has said, 2017 is proving to be a great year for Lanza!
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Kristine
02-20-2017
05:24 AM ET (US)
Jeffrey, thanks for information. Is "The Best of Everything" on any links ? I couldn't find it, on Amazon.com, either.
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Linz
02-20-2017
03:44 AM ET (US)
I've just posted the first review on Amazon:

The prolific collaboration between Derek McGovern and Sepia continues on its stellar path with their latest release, One Alone. Every track is a gem—no clunkers. Especially outstanding are I've Got You under My Skin, Tell Me Oh Blue Blue Sky, Love Me Tonight (better than we've ever heard it), The Trembling of a Leaf, and the title song, One Alone. The human voice and the human spirit at their most wondrous. Mario Lanza—sui generis.

—Lindsay Perigo, author, The One Tenor


I'm glad to see everyone rally around this splendid new release. Eagerly looking forward to The Best of Everything also. 2017 looks to be a good year for Mario!
Edited 02-20-2017 03:47 AM
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Jeffrey Campbell
02-19-2017
10:01 PM ET (US)
HiKristine, here is the link on Amazon for "One Alone"https://www.amazon.com/Oncee-Alone-Mario-L...eywords=Mario+Lanza. I think you will agree with Martino,Sam and Linz, that this particular CD captures the Magic Mario in English song like no other. I would urge everyone to support Sepia by enjoying all of their Lanza offerings, easily available on Amazon, and from Sepia directly https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=013750088890...%20Lanza&gsc.page=1. You will not regret it!
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Suzanne
02-19-2017
04:18 PM ET (US)
Ed.You're not far from my thoughts.Best of everything.
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Kristine
02-19-2017
03:18 PM ET (US)
I still can't find "One Alone" CD and "The Best of Everything" DVD on Amazon.com. I heard that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a fan of opera. I wonder if he liked Mario Lanza ?
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Gail Swartz
02-19-2017
03:10 PM ET (US)
Thank you, Bill.
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Martino
02-19-2017
12:49 PM ET (US)
"One Alone" is an excellent anthology of Mario Lanza's art of singing American song. As Sam pointed out, the chronological sequence of recordings is telling, not only in Lanza's vocal sound but in his approach to these songs. He had a true operatic voice but you would never know it - when he knew it was appropriate for the listener not to know it. I also agree with Sam that the original "Love Me Tonight" sounds strange or "distorted" because of the heavy chamber sound the engineers placed on the entire album of the "Vagabond King". Sepia has reduced that effect to virtually nothing, allowing us to hear it as close to natural as possible. The heaviness of Lanza's voice at this end point of his career is still there but it is not nearly as "heavy" sounding as the original recording would suggest.

I also agree with you Sam, that the "Tell Me Oh Blue, Blue Sky" rehearsal recording is a gem. Lanza shows once again he knows exactly what the words of a song should convey and how to use his voice to do just that. He wants the blue, blue (and bright by extension) sky to provide him with what (hopefully) is a bright answer to his dark question. Just listen to how beautifully he sings the final title words, especially how he languishes on the word "oh". It is almost as though he anticipates a positive answer to his question of why he and his sweetheart parted but is at least somewhat afraid that the answer might not be what he wants to hear. He sings so beautifully those words at the end that they remind you of a prayer - and maybe that is precisely what he wanted to convey. Most of the two and a half minutes of this song is as beautiful a two and half minutes of sound as one will ever hear, as well as a masterpiece of interpretation and vocal nuance.

Overall, a very fine compilation of songs. Everyone involved with this project should be given a great deal of credit, and especially Sepia for producing the disk and taking the time to do so with such excellent sound.
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Bill Ronayne
02-19-2017
09:34 AM ET (US)
Hi Gail:

We should have it. I'll check when I go to the museum next weekend.

Best, Bill
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Gail Swartz
02-18-2017
09:58 PM ET (US)
Bill, I was wondering if the ML museum would have a copy of LOB available. I know that it is not a favored Mario recording, but I would like to have one for my collection. I can listen to it on my Kindle and on the cassettes that Clyde Smith made, so if it is not available that is okay.
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Bill Ronayne
02-18-2017
08:35 PM ET (US)
I was at that Werther on Thursday and enjoyed it very much. Grigolo has a beautiful instrument and acted the role to perfection. I just wish he had a little more ring in his top voice. He also doesn't always sing the vowel sounds on high notes opting to sing Ah instead of Eh.

Get well Ed.

Best, Bill
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Diane Cox
02-18-2017
01:39 PM ET (US)
Interesting review and good clip from the production. Griggolo has improved these last five years, but still some notes fade away. He does put everything into his roles, and I admire that, and he is arresting on stage with his acting. Missed Romeo and Juliet. Beczala is also singing Werther this year, but in Europe I believe.
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Martino
02-18-2017
12:13 PM ET (US)
The recent, stylish "blood and guts" rendering of "Werther" at the MET by Vittorio Grigolo, is reviewed here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/arts/mu...partner=rss&emc=rss
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Gail Swartz
02-18-2017
09:39 AM ET (US)
Ed, get better soon. Miss you input about Mario.
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Fred Day
02-17-2017
08:50 PM ET (US)
Ed: Yes, get well soon and please keep us informed. Vaya con Dios. Ciao.
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Martino to Ed
02-17-2017
07:08 PM ET (US)
Good luck to you my friend. Keep us up to date.
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Kristine
02-17-2017
04:47 PM ET (US)
Ed, get well soon .
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Ed
02-17-2017
04:06 PM ET (US)
My doctor gave me the news on pathology. My tumor was removed successfully and it was cancerous. Although the tumor was big reports give no evidence of it anywhere else. I will start a short band of chemo sort of prophylactic and continue on my move back home. It was the scariest time in my life, in a situation like this you realize humbleness and humility, This Hospital and doctor saved my life.
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Bill Ronayne
02-16-2017
03:20 PM ET (US)
Hi Kathy: The Lanza Institute web site is at www.mariolanzainstitute.org. Go to this link to go directly to the Cd page:

https://www.mariolanzainstitute.org/store/cds/

Best, Bill
Edited 02-16-2017 03:21 PM
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Diane Cox
02-16-2017
02:51 PM ET (US)
ED has posted several times today on Facebook. He said docs will have him back at the gym before the end of the year - he's doing rehab now.
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SUZANNE
02-16-2017
02:51 PM ET (US)
Fred. Thank you for both pieces of information.I'd hoped Ed would be home by this time, but glad to hear he's doing well. The poignant expression that Mario has in the photo stayed with me, but couldn't place it.
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Fred Day
02-16-2017
12:53 PM ET (US)
I spoke to Ed on the phone. He is still in the hospital, and will probably be back home on Monday Feb 20th. He is feeling fine and is back on to a regular diet. We are all glad that he is doing well. Ciao.
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Fred Day
02-16-2017
12:48 PM ET (US)
Suzanne: The familiar cover photo to "One Alone" Sepia CD is from SERENADE - the final scene where Mario is singing the title song. Harry Belaver tells Mario that Juana (Sarita Monteil) is all right, that she is okay. Ciao.
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SUZANNE
02-16-2017
10:36 AM ET (US)
Hi Kathy. Hope you'll be able to hear our Mario. To hear him is to adore him. I do not have "One Alone" yet. The familiar cover photo, from Serenade? FTFT?Anyone?
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Kristine
02-15-2017
10:11 PM ET (US)
That CD , with the male singers, including Mario Lanza, also, includes Desi Arnaz.
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Gail Swartz
02-15-2017
06:52 PM ET (US)
My copy of One Alone arrived today!!! I love it! I love to hear Mario talk, too.I was a bit disappointed in the Love Me Tonight..just a bit. It is still thrilling to hear him hit that soaring octave that just keeps on going..and the words are so true---sorrow will never renew what you have lost.Kathy, Amazon has most of Mario'films and cds.....you can even find some really on sale . I have pinned a bunch on Penterest if you are interested.
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Martino To Kathy
02-15-2017
06:07 PM ET (US)
Welcome to the forum. I can't answer your first question because I am not sure what you mean by where you can find the movies. You can buy Lanza dvds at several websites, including Amazon and Bill can direct you to the Lanza Institute which also sells Lanza disks. But can I ask a question? What is the extent of your hearing loss? Moderate, profound or are you truly deaf?

It is wonderful you like the movies and Mario Lanza's acting but can you hear his voice at all? I ask because there may be devices like telecoil devices (if you wear hearing aids) and headset amplifiers that can boost the sound for the hard of hearing. These kinds of things will enhance your enjoyment of Mario Lanza because you will be able to hear his singing voice - that is what it is really all about. Let us know and we may be able to steer you in the right direction so you can fully enjoy the talent that was Mario Lanza.
50100
Kathy Young
02-15-2017
04:36 PM ET (US)
Whoever is in charge of this website...what happened to the pictures? Where would I find the movies? Saw him for the first time on TCM (which I LOVE since everything is Closed Captioned..which is SO great since I'm deaf.)
I wonder if I bought a DVD...if it would be CC (Closed-Caption) also??
Thanks! :) I do have to say thank you to TCM for me to learn about all of these artists/tenors,etc. If it wasn't for TCM..just think what I'd have been missing out! Love you TCM!! <3
Btw...he was a gorgeous man! Too sad he left this earth too early :(
Edited 02-15-2017 04:39 PM
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Joe to LINZ
02-15-2017
10:45 AM ET (US)
Hi Linz!, nice to hear from you. Yes you are entirely correct: THIS CD is a gem. I already had most of these recordings before I received this compilation, but NOT in this clarity. SEPIA does it again; great job.
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Linz to Joe
02-14-2017
11:50 PM ET (US)
It's beauty, isn't it?! Last night I had a young friend here whose many talents include singing (bass). He asked to hear a couple of my Mario favourites. I played the Vesti off the Rhino CD and The Trembling of a Leaf off the new McGovern/Sepia CD. Both performances blew him away, as did Mario's equal aplomb in such radically different genres.

I note that Martino just reposted his old essay about Mario's sense of timing. All the selections on the new Sepia illustrate that to perfection, especially I've Got You under My Skin, which is a startling stand-out in this collection.

Bro. Ed—hope you're well!
Edited 02-14-2017 11:51 PM
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Joe to ALL
02-14-2017
10:30 AM ET (US)
I just received and listened to the new SEPIA CD release, "ONE ALONE" and Sam's earlier review is spot on! Nice work Dr McGovern and Sepia.
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Fred Day
02-12-2017
03:48 PM ET (US)
I Puritani will have its radio Met broadcast next Sat afternoon, Feb 18th, same cast. Javier Camarena is an excellent tenor. Ciao.
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Bill Ronayne
02-12-2017
10:32 AM ET (US)
Saw I Puritani at the Met on Friday. It was a very good performance. Damrau was much better than the last time I heard her in Romeo et Juliette and Camarena was very fine as Arturo with some dazzling high notes. I did detect an occasional phlegm problem that detracted a little from his performance. He skipped the high F as most tenors do and someone admonished him from the audience which was unnecessary. I've only heard 2 tenors recently at the Met that sang that note in performance Kunde and Brownlee. The 41 year old production looked well. Best, Bill
Edited 02-12-2017 10:34 AM
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Kristine
02-11-2017
05:41 PM ET (US)
There's a CD called Singers and Actors From Hollywood at Oldies.com. It includes Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, Harry Belafonte, Eddie Cantor, Cab Calloway, Johnny Ray, Vic Damone, Eddie Fisher, Duane Eddy, Sir Cliff Richard. It also has Mario Lanza singing "Because You're Mine", and Frankie Laine.
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Fred Day
02-11-2017
12:08 PM ET (US)
Yes, today's Met opera radio broadcast is Carmen - the tenor is Roberto Aronica, a fine tenor. Enjoy. Ciao.
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Suzanne
02-11-2017
12:06 PM ET (US)
Ed. Thankful to hear that you're doing well. Hope it wasn't too bad an experience. Look forward to seeing you back to your old self.
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Sam Samuelian
02-11-2017
11:52 AM ET (US)
WOW! I just finished listening to the Sepia "One Alone" CD that arrived yesterday. It certainly is everything people who got it early have said.The sound is the best you will ever hear, there are rare recordings included, and just hearing him sing “Tell Me Oh Blue Blue Sky” recorded at home is worth the price. It is raw excitement. The whole CD is done in chronological order so you hear the maturity/darkness his voice took on. Love Me Tonight is usually distorted when he hits the highs but not here. Kudos to Derek McGovern and all the others involved in bringing this to us.
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Martino
02-11-2017
10:43 AM ET (US)

Sean Bianco's "At The Opera" program today will feature a tribute to Nicolai Gedda, who passed away on the 8th. Yesterday was Leontyne Price's 90th birthday. The other day I posted about the MET performance from 1977 that was rebroadcast in her honor (it will be on Sirius again tomorrow morning). But for those of you who do not subscribe to Sirius but wanted to hear Leontyne Price in one of her great roles, Leonora in "La Forza Del Destino", you have another chance. After Bianco's tribute to Nicolai Gedda, he will play the studio recording from RCA with Price's co-stars of Richard Tucker as Don Alvaro and Robert Merrill as Don Carlo. No, there are no Italians but it would be difficult to put any cast together for this opera that would be greater than this all American cast.

More info and how to obtain the Cap Public Radio stream can be found at the link below (click on "Music Station" which brings you to an options page. You may select many streaming options for any device you choose such as PC or mobile. I have found simply clicking on "Music Stream" to be among the best sound options and covers most of the device bases.):

http://www.capradio.org/classical/at-the-o...t-the-opera-021117/

I forgot to mention that if you want to hear the MET performance today of "Carmen", you can do it easily and in the best sound by streaming through Cap Radio. Keep in mind this station is located in California so adjust your times accordingly or you might miss the whole thing. When you go to their schedule sheet a program may show a start time of 10:00 am but the times listed are always PST.
Edited 02-11-2017 11:02 AM
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Kristine
02-11-2017
06:15 AM ET (US)
Yes, Fred, I remember Sergio Franchi sang there. In "The Dream Factory: Classic Musicals", Vol. 2, "That Midnignt Kiss' and "The Toast of New Orleans" are included with "The Pirate", "The Belle of New York", "Royal Wedding", "Words and Music, and "That's Dancing". This DVD package contains some of the M-G-M Movie Musicals and also has a documentary about Mario Lanza.
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Fred Day
02-10-2017
07:02 PM ET (US)
Kristine: As far as is known, Lanza never sang at the Coconut Grove. But Sergio Franchi did. It was recorded by RCA Victor. It was in Oct, 1964. Ciao.
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Fred Day
02-10-2017
06:57 PM ET (US)
Nicolai Gedda died on Jan 8th, but his death wasn't announced by his family until Feb 9th. He was age 91 and a half. He sang in 11 different languages - a master linguist, superb voice!! He made over 200 recordings!! Rest in Peace. Ciao.
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Fred Day
02-10-2017
06:47 PM ET (US)
Ed: Get well soon. Yes, the prognosis looks good. Best wishes, Ciao.
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Martino to Ed
02-10-2017
05:58 PM ET (US)
Sorry to hear of the problem but the prognosis looks good. Get well and good luck.
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Kristine
02-10-2017
04:48 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know if Mario Lanza ever sang at The Coconut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles/Hollywood ? I know back in the 1960's, Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson performed, there.
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Kristine
02-10-2017
04:46 PM ET (US)
Ed, get well soon. Nicolai Gedda, RIP.
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Bill Ronayne
02-10-2017
04:15 PM ET (US)
Good to hear you're OK Ed. Rest up. Best, Bill
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Ed
02-10-2017
04:00 PM ET (US)
Hi all, I had big surgery yesterday they removed a blockage from my colon and was cancerous. I am well and drs say it was caught early, they say I'll be back talk soon
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Dennis
02-10-2017
02:43 PM ET (US)
What a talent Gedda had in so many ways! One of my favorite tenors and one I revisit to listen to more often than most. We had a poll on this site several years ago where posters listed their favorite tenors. Everyone had Lanza, of course, but I had Gedda in my top ten of all time. I listen again and again to Gedda's version of "Mes amis ecoute l'histoire" from Adam's "Le Postillon de Longjumeau". In fact, I'm going to YouTube to listen to it again right now!
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Martino
02-10-2017
10:01 AM ET (US)
Nicola Gedda, one of my favorite singers and one of the best tenors of all time. Gedda was the last of the truly great tenors of his era. He will be missed.
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Bill Ronayne
02-10-2017
08:59 AM ET (US)
RIP Nicolai Gedda. He was a superb artist. Here is a clip from a 1975 performance of Faust:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m_Jas-OEFE

Best, Bill
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Fred Day
02-09-2017
10:17 PM ET (US)
Martino: Thanks - very fine observations. Merrill sings it very well, but in only one voice. Warren sings it in 2 voices: soft and timid as "Files On Parade", and loud and with much authority as "The Color Sargent". That adds to the impact. A masterpiece of interpretation. Ciao.
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Martino to Fred
02-09-2017
09:34 PM ET (US)
I played your disk and enjoyed it once again. You included Warren singing not only "Danny Deever" but several other selections and they were all beyond excellent. I doubt anyone has ever sung "Danny Deever" with such authority and strength.

Robert Merrill sings it (on youtube) perhaps more beautifully and more luxuriant, but this was not meant to be a beautiful song given the subject matter. Warren's power is in full display but it is more than a power exercise - it is strength through a tour de force performance, and there is a difference between that and sheer power. Power can be heard and even measured, strength is something you sense and feel.

If there is a difference between Merrill (and everyone else) and Leonard Warren, it is this extraordinary strength you feel when listening to "Deever", and several other sea shanties Warren was fond of. The recitatives are even more impressive as Warren is a lion in his speech as well as with his singing voice. Every word is articulated perfectly, every note is set to the story's internal poetry. In short, Warren's way with this song truly enhances Kipling's words and his poetry.

"What are the bugles blowin' for?", begins the poem. Warren tells you why the bugles are sounding and in no uncertain terms as military executions in Kipling's day were very ritualistic. Warren knew Kipling wanted to convey that Danny was indeed a murderer and probably deserved to die but I believe there is an alter thread lurking just below the surface - that Danny was a man nonetheless and one must always ponder the question at the time of witnessing an execution if two human deaths are under any circumstance really better than one.

Was Kipling a compassionate man and trying to relay a message on the merits or morality of executions? I sense perhaps this is true but I really don't know because I can't tell by reading the poem at face value. I need an interpretation to sort that out but Warren is smart enough in his rendition to let Kipling's words speak for themselves. Very well done!
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Martino to Fred
02-09-2017
12:11 PM ET (US)
Just read your post asking me about "Danny Deever" but got to run now to make my tee time! Will listen tonight and get back with you. If Leonard Warren is singing I am sure it will be fantastic. I remember this song was on a disk you sent me many years ago, along with a number of other rare performances and I know I enjoyed them then. I still have those disks you sent in my collection and will listen to the other selections you included of Warren singing songs. I have forgotten how good he was in this kind of music.
Edited 02-09-2017 12:41 PM
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Fred Day
02-09-2017
11:01 AM ET (US)
Martino: I am curious to read your comments on the Leonard Warren recording of Danny Deever, that I mentioned. Thanks. Ciao.
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Fred Day
02-09-2017
10:58 AM ET (US)
Doug: Yes. Did Price ever sing Carmen, on stage?? My favorite Carmen on records is Callas, and she never sang the role on stage. I presume Price never sang the role of Turandot. She recorded Liu's 2 arias, but I don't recall if she ever sang Liu on stage. Curious. Ciao.
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Suzanne
02-09-2017
10:23 AM ET (US)
Ed. Thinking of you. Be well.....
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Doug
02-09-2017
10:06 AM ET (US)
Fred: Callas performed "La Forza" about six times in her entire career. The last one many years before Price even came to the Met. Tebaldi and Milanov had pretty much ceased singing it by that time also. I assume the competition you meant was the recordings not live performances.
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Fred Day
02-08-2017
07:14 PM ET (US)
Has anyone listened (on youtube) to Leonard Warren singing Danny Deever?? I am curious to read some comments on his interpretation of this great song, from the Kipling poem. Thanks. Ciao.
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Fred Day
02-08-2017
07:09 PM ET (US)
In the role of Leonora (both Forza and Trovatore), Price had serious competition from Callas, Tebaldi, and Milanov, but she held her own and became one of the top Leonoras of her age, in both Verdi operas. Happy 90th Birthday to Leontyne, and many more. Ciao.
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Fred Day
02-08-2017
07:02 PM ET (US)
Ed: I hope the results are negative, meaning okay. Please keep us informed. Get well soon. Ciao.
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Ed
02-08-2017
04:22 PM ET (US)
Hi All. Have been in hospital five days, suspicious flu may be more serious than thought. Awaiting test results from colonoscopy. I will let you know, always Mario, Ed
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phil uk
02-08-2017
08:34 AM ET (US)
To All.Sorry to labour a point but this is why i am urging the guys responsible for the Sepia releases to devote a presentation to Mario singing live,those rehearsal items really are AWESOME & the cd buying public need to hear them & marvel at that raw power & intensity Mario exhibits,Callinicos must have been so frustrated.
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Kristine
02-07-2017
07:04 PM ET (US)
Happy Birthday, Leontyne Price ! A few years ago, I read former Secretary of State-Retired General Colin Powell's autobiography, "My American Journey". He wrote that he was in the Army with George Price, brother of Leontyne Price.
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Martino
02-07-2017
03:39 PM ET (US)
The great American soprano, Leontyne Price, turns 90 on Friday. The MET and Sirius radio are celebrating her birthday with a special re-broadcast of Verdi's "La Forza Del Destino". It was originally broadcast on 3/12/77, and her supporting cast is a superb one: Placido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil, Rosalind Elias and conducted by James Levine.

If she was anything at all, Price was a Verdi soprano supreme and Leonora was one of her greatest roles, singing it 17 times during her career at the MET alone. Besides her birthday on Friday, you can also hear it on Sirius tonight and then again Sunday morning. With the possible exception of Ponselle, I doubt this role has ever been sung better than what you will hear in this performance.
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Martino
02-07-2017
12:04 PM ET (US)
Thank you folks, it is always a pleasure to talk about Mario Lanza. This was just something I thought of because we do not talk about it very much - musical timing and rhythm. I believe Lanza's great sense of this helped him overcome the "dated" sound associated with old tunes. There are many more characteristics that help explain why Lanza sounded so magnificent, this was just one.

Gail, you are certainly welcome to copy my post. You can print it out yourself if you like. Just highlight the post (as though you would with a copy and paste) but instead of copy, select print. When you come to the print screen choose "selection". Be sure to do that or you might type the entire page rather than what you highlighted. If you are having trouble doing this just email me at the address I keep only for this forum: masteroftheshortgame@gmail.com. Include your email address and I will email it to you.
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Suzanne
02-07-2017
11:15 AM ET (US)
So true. A gift that you have, Martino. We may know it,feel it, but cannot put into words.
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Joe to Martino
02-07-2017
10:32 AM ET (US)
Beautifully done Martino. You are the "Lanza" of description.
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Gail Swartz
02-07-2017
09:11 AM ET (US)
To Martini....I would like to have a print-out of your wonderful post on Mario. Is this a possibility? I found that your essay explains best the way Mario sings and communicates the text of anything he sang.
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phil uk
02-07-2017
05:06 AM ET (US)
to Martino.in total agreement with your comments.As already stated i believe Mario was vocally SMART & adjusted his voice & style to whatever he was singing etc.The likes of Corelli/Del monaco did not or could not do this,they just sang but Mario felt it & conveyed that to us.This technique was unique to Mario & set him apart & above everyone else.
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Martino
02-07-2017
12:15 AM ET (US)
Below is a post I wrote some time ago that may be appropriate to the "dated" question we are currently reviewing. It is lengthy and if you want to cut through the reasoning and justifications, just go to the last two paragraphs which are basically a synopsis of what went before:

"Mario Lanza possessed many, many attributes that made him the star he was and who is still so fondly remembered after more than half a century since his death. We have touched on most of those qualities that set him apart time and again: the sheer beauty of his voice, his instantly recognizable and individual tone, diction, versatility, etc., etc. One aspect that made Lanza's singing so great which we have not talked about very much was his exquisite sense of timing. I believe, like so many other Lanza characteristics, that this was more a natural phenomena than a learned one, although certainly practice would make it even better. In large part this was a by-product of Mario's wonderful overall musicality or natural musical "instinct". The ability of singing and communicating with the listener in a way that sounded as natural as having a conversation. The natural way we speak, move our body parts in unison and purpose and even our breathing that we never so much as think about. In the same way this sense of timing in music is often taken for granted when done so naturally and without calling attention to itself as in the case of Mario Lanza.

When applied in musical terms this sense of timing could also be called "rhythm", which is nothing more than the "pattern" of musical sound. I thought about this as I was listening to several Lanza songs recently where Mario moved so beautifully from note to note, expression to expression, word to word in a way that made you move with him. He brought you along for the ride on his magic carpet of sound and rhythm was his propeller. It was more than just singing a song and hitting all the right notes - it was as though you were listening to musical poetry. I am not saying he was always this way 100% of the time, but most of the time.

I think it was this wonderful sense of musical rhythm that helped Lanza meet every vocal challenge from Verdi to Porter. It gave him an important tool which helped him become one of the most versatile singers in history. Nothing seemed to be beyond him. Listen to "La Donna e Mobile" and then "Begin the Beguine". Who else can sound so natural and at home in both? Listen to his rhythm and the way he homogenizes his delivery and distributes his voice equally with the words and notes, all coming together as one. You can't help but have your body in tune with his music. This is true artistry in that it masks the very vocal techniques he used to produce that magnificent sound in the first place. His sense of timing and rhythm blends all the elements in these songs and arias, making the beginning, middle and end a seamless line.

There are many counter examples - listen to Franco Corelli's "La Donna e Mobile" as a comparison to this. As terrific as his voice sounds and as thrilled as you are to hear it, he in no way is singing a seamless line but rather takes a mostly herky-jerky approach that makes you wonder if this is really what Verdi wanted, incredible and thrilling vocal sound though it may be. Corelli is just one example of those that did not need a finely tuned sense of rhythm because for the most part Corelli was always singing Corelli, and that did not change no matter if he was singing opera or song. But Mario Lanza did have it and with it he was able to sing virtually everything thrown at him and make it all sound great and natural but at the same time different and appropriate. Another tenor who comes to mind with that same incredible sense of timing was Richard Tauber, also Caruso and of course there were a few others.

Mario Lanza's sense of musical rhythm brought classical style singing out of the past to a modern, more relevant style which appealed to younger generations. The way songs were approached before Lanza were stuck in the time period of the performer. That is why it is so easy to dismiss the artists of the Golden Age. They sound dated and even odd sometimes - if all we do is listen and take what we hear at face value. One has to go further and study what it is they are doing with their voices and then further still to place that within their time frame of reference in order to understand their true greatness. But Mario Lanza did away with all that. Some of the songs and words he sang might be considered "dated", but not the singing or the vocal rhythm he brought to those songs. No matter what he sang, the way Mario Lanza sounded is as relevant to today's ears as it was in 1950, maybe even more so.

Although Tauber had great musical timing, why is it he is more of an acquired taste to modern audiences than Mario Lanza? Why the difference between these two and how people relate to them since they both were so successful in a wide variety of musical genres? I think it has to do with the tastes of the time and how those tastes inflect the body's inner rhythm as heard through the voice. Tauber, to modern ears, may cause some irritation if you're not careful, even though his musical timing is spot on and his singing is artistically perfect. Lanza's time (in a historical sense) was different. We just won the war and a now industrialized America was moving with aplomb to a shinning future. The world was coming out of darkness and headed into a bright new era and way of life and everyone was excited about it. Lanza was a product of that time and his style and rhythm and his "singing personality" moved in that same direction. The tastes of the time, the rhythm of the time, inflects the singer. And the singing of Mario Lanza captured it better than almost anyone".
Edited 02-07-2017 12:30 AM
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Fred Day
02-06-2017
08:43 PM ET (US)
Many poems of Rudyard Kipling have been set to music by various composers. Leonard Warren recorded 8 of them. Listen to his rendition of "Danny Deever" - it can he heard on youtube. A masterpiece of interpretation, a truly moving experience!! Check it out. Ciao.
Edited 02-06-2017 09:01 PM
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Fred Day
02-06-2017
08:36 PM ET (US)
As I have already mentioned, all the songs of Romberg, Friml, and Herbert can be called "dated" today, in their lyrics, but a great artist can make them believeable, and Lanza could do just that. That was one of his many gifts - interpretation with feeling, passion, and, of course, a glorious voice. He knew how to "sell" a song, to put it over. Take the song "Call Me Fool" - nice melody, rather banal lyrics, very cliché. Yet Lanza made the song believeable and even exciting. John McCormack also had that gift, taking many second-rate songs, and thru his superb artistry raising them up to his high level. A rare gift, indeed. Ciao.
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Suzanne
02-06-2017
04:44 PM ET (US)
Trying to understand why "Softly" is any more dated than any other music Mario sang. All of it is "Old Fashioned" when it comes to that, especially when compared to the trash most "lyrics" are today ..And I thank heaven for it.
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Derek Mannering
02-06-2017
04:20 PM ET (US)
Glad you approve, Ronald, and thank you for those very kind words.

Yes, that photo was taken during a rehearsal with Paul Baron for The Christophers program in October 1957. It's one of my favorites and I included it in the new Paperback edition of A LIFE IN PICTURES. My thanks to Bill Ronayne for providing the print.
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Ronald Sarbo
02-06-2017
03:20 PM ET (US)
Derek: GREAT selection of songs on the double cd.

I see on Content Media Corp's description of the DVD a picture of Lanza I have never seen. He is standing up singing holding sheet music in one hand and holding a cigarette in his other hand. Sitting behind him at the piano I believe is Paul Baron. Could be a rehearsal prior to filming the Christopher's program?

Again my thanks and appreciation for ALL you have done.
50052
Derek Mannering
02-06-2017
03:05 PM ET (US)

And just so there's no confusion, here's the cover to the new Lanza DVD from Screenbound Pictures.
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Derek Mannering
02-06-2017
03:03 PM ET (US)

This is the cover to the new Sony Lanza CD compilation.
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Ross UK
02-06-2017
02:21 PM ET (US)
Gail, A good transcript of "Softly" Coke version (no intro) is included on disc1 or the FIVE disc set available from amazon.com at a cost of US$ 8.99(prime)...the title is "100 HITS LEGENDS.MARIO LANZA" it is bound to include a few more tracks you would like to have. and is great value...and largely good recordings.
I also recalled it was on the 3Disc "Mario Lanza Collection" RCA 1991,,,,BUT on closer inspection they used the Royal Albert Hall live Version.
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Derek Mannering
02-06-2017
12:20 PM ET (US)
Gail, yes he did record it for the Coke Show - that's the recording Fred wishes had been included on the new CD. It was originally released on the RCA "Magic Mario" LP and you can also find the recording on the British public domain 4-disc compilation "The Song Is You" in pretty decent sound.
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Gail Swartz
02-06-2017
12:07 PM ET (US)
Derek, did Mario record "Softly" or did he only sing it on the concert tours...Love to hear his response to the audience waiting for him.
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Derek Mannering
02-06-2017
11:48 AM ET (US)
Phil, if you go back to my post 50035 you'll see that I have no absolutely problem including "Softly…" on a Sony Lanza CD. And I agree, it is a sterling rendition by Mario. I simply mentioned in passing that I find the song very dated and old-fashioned; my opinion, that's all. I've had similar feelings about a number of other Lanza recordings (and no, Fred, I won't name them!) and that has never stopped me from including them on CDs if I thought they fitted the theme of the compilation. I'm sure the recording in question will turn up eventually on a Sony Lanza CD, just not The Best of Everything.

I can't speak to your other requests about the home recordings as Sony has no rights to that material.
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phil uk
02-06-2017
06:27 AM ET (US)
to Derek Mannering.Surely we are not going to judge CD inclusions on lyrics etc "Be My Love For No One Else Can End This Yearning" yearning a forgotten word these days etc.Surely it must be the performance which is paramount & not that it sounds Old Fashioned!Listening to the live "Softly As in" i feel this is a sterling rendition & deserves to be on commercial cd along with a few other live performances as i have listed earlier.I support what you have done for the Lanza legacy but cant back you on this one Derek.Surprised you could not get a good version of "the Hills OF Home" to include in your latest offering.
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Ross
02-06-2017
04:53 AM ET (US)
Thanks for that David....should have known someone BIG (in this case Disney)was behind so much legal work. Suppose they might try to get him named as a National Icon or something after 2023!
Its a shame that the Student Prince original film soundtrack is still in the US archives...if it was over here perhaps Sepia (or someone) could clean it up and give us ALL access to the gems.
It is a shame that law strangles artistic expression.
I recall a country song "Cherokee Fiddle" from the 70's (heck 40years ago!) two of the lines went....
"And the music is sold by lawyers
 And the fools who fiddled in the middle of the stations are gone"....
How true...Thanks again.
50044
David Weaver
02-05-2017
07:39 PM ET (US)
Ross, the main proponent for extending copyright laws from the original 28 years plus one renewal (for a total of 56 years) was the Disney company. Mickey Mouse was introduced in 1928, ergo, he would've entered public domain in 1984. So the Copyright Law of 1976 extended copyright from 56 years to 75 years, meaning no one could use the image of Mickey Mouse without getting permission from, or paying Disney, until 2003. Then in 1998, it was extended again another 20 years in the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act - of course at the time, Sonny was a congressman from California. Many derisively call it not the Bono Act but the Mickey Mouse Protection Act. Mickey will enter the public domain in 2023 - unless of course Disney and others who benefit from a longer term get in extended again.

And in the case of individual versus corporate authorship, the copyright is 95 years after the death of an author. Therefore, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue, althought it will turn 100 years old in 2024, will remain in copyright until 2032 - 95 years after his death in 1937. However, the songs George wrote with lyrics by his brother Ira will remain in copyright until 2078 - 95 years after Ira's death in 1983.

Other countries do not recognize the United States long term. Their copyright terms are generally 50 years. Thus, Mario Lanza in such countries has been an artist in the public domain since 2009. That's why it is possible for Lanza compilations such as the Sepia CDs to be released - they are produced and distributed in countries where US copyright law is not in effect.
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Gail Swartz
02-05-2017
07:15 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the answer about the singing in the movie.
50042
Ross
02-05-2017
04:22 PM ET (US)
Thank you for that Derek...as you say it is copyright law which requires them to find and pay the dues to each of the "holders" or their heirs that makes the unearthing and use of "original" material SO EXPENSIVE and time consuming...and therefore unlikely. Its a shame that they cannot change the law so that if a "holder" was untraceable or dead the payment went to a named charity....that would "unlock" use of a lot more "historic" material by making it easier to litigate....not only for Lanza.
Odd in a way...because the very legal technicality that is supposed to "protect" the producers interests in the recording/film is now definitely ensuring it will NOT be used ...and thereby produce income for them.?
Thanks again for your time Derek. Good luck with the recordings.
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Derek Mannering
02-05-2017
03:14 PM ET (US)
Ross, the three Coke Show recordings I mentioned in my post are different takes to the ones you referenced on those CDs. In the case of the SP song, the broadcast version has a charming spoken intro and a slightly different close.

As for the Rhino release, Sony does not have the rights to those 3-track stereo recordings, no more than it does to any of the MGM Lanza movie soundtrack recordings that preceded the Student Prince. That's why you have Elizabeth Doubleday's voice dubbed over Ann Blyth's on two tracks for the RCA album. I would love to see the complete MGM soundtrack released in 3-track stereo on CD but copyright rules are sacrosanct and at this stage it's hard to imagine both companies investing time and money to makeover an album that has been on the market in one form or another since 1954.
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Ross
02-05-2017
11:49 AM ET (US)
Hello everyone....Whilst I have been a Lanza fan for some 55+ years...I have not so far posted on Jeff's site. I thought it might be apropos to point out in answer to Dereks' post 50035 about the tracks he wanted...but that were "missing".
"Hills of Home" was issued by RCA on CD "You'll Never Walk alone" in 1995 UK
"Love is the sweetest thing" on RCA CD "My Romance" in 2001 UK
"Deep in my Heart" Coke show was (in excellent sound minus intro) on the RENSE CD "Make Believe"
The later 's source I could not comment on, but for the first two ...as their own RCA CD's mentioned was probably their last use ...that may well help them track down why they were "miss-filed"?
I have listened to the CD's mentioned and the track quality would appear more than adequate.( perhaps a modern clean-up could be undertaken)
Perhaps I could ask a question that springs to mind about sound quality.?
For years I bought RCA LP's then CD's including the track "Deep in my Heart" with the "swelling strings" full intro and was disappointed by how "dull and lifeless" the orchestra was.( I bought it about 10 times in all)
It took a re-mastering by "RHINO" ( now sadly long deleted) to show me how that introduction should have sounded !!....its a shame when you think about it RCA/ MGM had 40 years to ensure the fans received their best sounding tracks...and when someone showed them how it could be done they "pulled out the copyright" card and had it withdrawn.....I am still hoping that very clear (original 4 track stereo)version might re-appear again.....or is that a vain hope?
Thanks
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Fred Day
02-05-2017
10:39 AM ET (US)
Derek: I don't hear a tambourine on the Coke show "Softly" - I listened closely. Maybe that song can appear on a CD next year. I hope that with more searching, the 4 selections you mentioned will be found in good sound. Maybe next year, hopefully. Ciao.
50038
Kristine
02-04-2017
05:52 PM ET (US)
Ed, get well soon. In the movie, "Sincerely, Yours" starring Liberace, there is a mention of Mario Lanza in a scene. That was a re-make of a 1930's movie called "The Man Who Played God"with George Arliss and Bette Davis. For some reason, "Sincerely, Yours" wasn't a hit movie for Liberace. Does anyone know who sang Oscar nominated songs "Be My Love" and "Because You're Mine" at Academy Awards, back in the 1950's ? I wonder if the Academy tried to contact Mario Lanza and asked if he would sing them at Academy Awards ? "Be My Love" and "Because You're Mine", though nominated Oscar songs, didn't win Best Songs. Douglas Shearer won an Oscar for the recording sound of "The Great Caruso". He was brother of Norma Shearer.
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Diane Cox
02-04-2017
02:39 PM ET (US)
Gail, according to utube, it isBruce Sledge singing "Nessun Dorma
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Gail Swartz
02-04-2017
01:55 PM ET (US)
Question...at the end of the movie"The Sum of All Fears" Nessum Dorma was heard in the background...who was the tenor? Could it have been Mario? My ears perked up but could not hear it very well. Watched all of Mario's films on his birthday...still in awe of his voice, handsomeness, talent, and willingness to set aside his operatic goal in order to bring opera to all of us. Thanks to Bocelli for his tribute to Mario. He knows that without Mario's influence his career might not have even existed.
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Derek Mannering
02-04-2017
12:00 PM ET (US)
Hi Fred, I just find "Softly…" to be very dated, music and lyrics, and I also don't like the arrangement (is that a tambourine I hear?). But as with another old-style number, "For You Alone," that would not stop me from including it on a Lanza CD if I thought it a good fit for the collection. And again: there are 44 tracks to choose from on the new compilation; there are always going to be favorites that didn't make the cut.

As to the new release, I looked for Lanza's unreleased RCA recording of "Vesti" but once again we couldn't find a copy. Likewise, Coke Show broadcast versions of "Love is the Sweetest Thing," "The Hills of Home" and "Deep in my Heart, Dear" (with spoken intro) could not be found in decent sound. To your point, the latter two especially are also old-time songs, but Lanza's intensity in those performances is really impressive and one or two of them would have been good filler tracks.
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Fred Day
02-03-2017
09:43 PM ET (US)
Derek Mannering: I would say that Softly as in a Morning Sunrise is no more, and no less, dated than any other of Romberg's songs, or Friml's songs, or Herbert's songs. They are all pretty much on the same ground. As for Softly, Richard Tucker recorded it in the early 1960's; Jerry Hadley recorded it in the early 1980's. Even Bing Crosby recorded it in the early 1950's (with the Buddy Cole Trio). Hope it can make it on the next Lanza CD - perhaps next year (2018). By the way, what were the 4 songs you wanted to include but were unable to?? Curious. Ciao.
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Fred Day
02-03-2017
09:32 PM ET (US)
Tomorrow's Met radio broadcast is the ever popular Rigoletto. Stephen Costello is the Duke of Mantua. A fine tenor, one of the best American tenors of today. Enjoy. Ciao.
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Fred Day
02-03-2017
09:25 PM ET (US)
Ed: Get well soon. Did you get your flu shot?? Perhaps that particular stomach flu is not covered by the regular flu shot?? Hope you feel better soon. Ciao.
50031
SAM
02-03-2017
05:30 PM ET (US)
HI,
We print all our poster prints to order. I call it a Poster Print because it is a large print but not a manufactured poster. My prints are meant to be framed.
The image is printed on High Gloss heavy weight paper and is 12 X 14.4 inches on a 13 x 17” sheet. Cost is $22.95 plus $5.00 shipping in a cardboard tube. I SIGN EACH PRINT ON THE BACK. I SUGGEST MATTING IT INTO A 16X20” FRAME.
When you order I will send you my suggestion on how to matte and frame the print.
Ed Seeman
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SAM
02-03-2017
05:27 PM ET (US)

I guess I have to do one at a time.
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SAM
02-03-2017
05:26 PM ET (US)

Here are the two Poster Prints I bought and highly recommend.
50028
Suzanne
02-03-2017
01:12 PM ET (US)
Knew something was up Ed, your not posting.Keep a bucket by the bed and get well quick! Phil, sounds like one great idea.Happy Super Bowl everyone.
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Ed
02-03-2017
09:31 AM ET (US)
Heads up, there is a horrible stomach bug out there. I got it yesterday and in bed since
50026
phil uk
02-03-2017
09:16 AM ET (US)
Re my request for the live items as listed to be put on commercial cd is that Mario was so clever in his approach to singing & the context of that singing,by that i believe he adjusted vocally to the situation & let it rip if you like on the peices mentioned in other words totally raw & stating he was the best to all & sundry in the classical music world.So if the Sepia guys are listening lets unleash that awesome majestic sound which is Mario Lanza live to the cd public.
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Gerald Matthews. UK
02-02-2017
02:31 PM ET (US)
Phil.I have had the Sepia CD ' One Alone ' nearly three weeks, you can buy direct from them.
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Sam Samuelian
02-02-2017
10:19 AM ET (US)
Just wanted to let you all know that Ed Seeman, the talented artist who did the colorful and attractive montage of Mario, has just done Ann Blyth. He was inspired after watching her in The Student Prince on Turner. As a reminder, these images are on high quality paper, are individually signed, and are exciting. The cost is only $23.00 each including shipping. They measure 13 by 16 3/4 inches. Each features a montage of images from different stages of the artist's career and above and below the image is their name. Ed donated the Lanza image to the Museum and also sent a copy to Bill Ronayne. I'm having trouble uploading the image, so for now I'm afraid you will have to take my word for it that these are excellent. Just contact me at sms@bee.net to order and I can send images that way. Incidentally, he is so prolific that he has done literally thousands of celebrities, so if you have a favorite just ask. I personally ordered Enrico Caruso, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, and quite a few others.
50023
phil uk
02-02-2017
10:17 AM ET (US)
to the Sepia production guys may i request that if there is to be a further cd release that it might be of Mario singing live & to include the following peices never released on commercial cd.The Chenier Improviso rehearsal,the Lamento di frederico/che gelida manina rehearsal,softly as in..Im falling in love(all live)plus the Hedda Hopper Vesti which in my humble opinion is his best rendition.I am looking forward to purchasing the One Alone cd when released here in the uk.Please consider my request for a live content cd containing the mentioned items which show Mario at his most awesome.
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Suzanne
02-02-2017
10:15 AM ET (US)
Happy to see Bocelli's appreciation of Mario. I am confused now, about what my son ordered for me. A documentary available in March . Please list it with whatever else is available, Derek. Thank you!
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Derek Mannering
02-01-2017
06:18 PM ET (US)
Hi Sam, thanks for that kind comment. The Sony CD compilation should be listed on Amazon in the coming weeks. I'll post further details here in due course.

And Kristine, you can pre-order the DVD on the British Amazon site: www.amazon.co.uk
 
I'll check with Screenbound to see if it will be region-free.
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Sam Samuelian
02-01-2017
05:45 PM ET (US)
I am confused. I pre-ordered the DVD documentary "The Best of Everything" and the Sepia "One Alone" CD. The Sony Classical track selection, Derek, is outstanding and should generate great excitement. I can't thank you enough for the outstanding job you have done. I do understand that the title of the two CD set is the same as the DVD. But the bottom line is how do I pre-order them?
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Diane Cox
02-01-2017
02:19 PM ET (US)
Nice clip of Bocelli. Thanks Derek.
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Derek Mannering
02-01-2017
12:36 PM ET (US)
Glad you approve of the track list, Fred. There are always "I wish" for selections that are not included, including at least four of my own, though I confess "Softly…" wasn't one of them. Lanza sings it beautifully but the song is very dated and I just didn't think of including it this time.

And how nice to see Bocelli remembering Mario on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/andreabocelli/?fref=ts

Steff Waltzinger also sent me this link from YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYXLaZ97p4Y
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Suzanne
02-01-2017
10:19 AM ET (US)
Watching SevenHills again yesterday, I thought that his acting was much more natural than in some of his later films.He looked great ,too. Thinking how good he was in his debut film, no wonder the public was smitten .
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Fred Day
01-31-2017
11:39 PM ET (US)
There are 7 new releases on "The Best of Everything": If You Were Mine (alt take), Lovliest Night of Year (1957 record), Nessun Dorma (alt take 1), Be My Love (Coke), Lords Prayer (Coke), Silent Night (Coke), and Drigo's Serenade (Coke). Excellent choices. I wish Softly As In a Morning Sunrise (Coke - from the old "Magic Mario" LP) had been included, since it is not yet on any BMG/RCA CD. Hopefully in the near future. Ciao.
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Fred Day
01-31-2017
11:26 PM ET (US)
You can see the contents of Derek Mannering's new double CD release, "The Best of Everything" on this site. In the main page, scroll down a little. After the picture cover of the magazine "Opera Now" it says "Mario Lanza - The Best Of Everything" - click on that. All 44 selections of the 2-CD set are listed. Ciao.
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Diane Cox
01-31-2017
07:32 PM ET (US)
You can pre order One Alone from Target, 10.29
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Kristine
01-31-2017
05:03 PM ET (US)
Happy Birthday Tribute, Mario Lanza ! I can't find the listing for new Mario Lanza DVD-The Best of Everything on Amazon.com. Barbara Hale and John Hurt, Mike Connors, RIP. By the way, Terry Robinson knew Bill Williams and Barbara Hale.
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Bill Ronayne
01-31-2017
10:43 AM ET (US)
Enjoying Mario on TCM and remembering him on his birthday
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Sam Samuelian
01-31-2017
07:09 AM ET (US)
PS. Forgot to add the title of the new Sepia CD. It is simple "One Alone", very fitting since the singing is indeed one alone. It costs only 10.99 from Amazon and the release date is now definitely February 10th. Track List:

  1. They Didn'T Believe Me
  2. The World Is Mine Tonight
  3. Wanting You
  4. I'Ve Got You Under My Skin
  5. Night And Day
  6. Roses Of Picardy
  7. One Night Of Love
  8. Your Eyes Have Told Me So
  9. Sylvia
  10. I'Ll See You Again
  11. Romance
  12. The Trembling Of A Leaf
  13. Yesterdays
  14. The Moon Was Yellow
  15. Golden Days
  16. Will You Remember'
  17. Behold!
  18. Arrivederci Roma
  19. I Love Thee
  20. One Alone
  21. The Lord'S Prayer (Live)
  22. Tell Me, Of Blue, Blue Sky
  23. Love Me Tonight
  24. Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life

A few things I'd like to note about some of the less familiar tracks and some of the familiar ones: A-Behold was a mild hit for Mario when he was in Rome. It features perfect signing and a glorious high note. B-Not sure about the vintage of the LIVE Lord's Prayer but it peaks my interest, especially in much improved sound. C-I heard "One Alone" and believe me when I tell you that you've never heard it like this D-I expect the same of "Love Me Tonight", one of my favorites from Desert Song album E-The late fifties "Arrivederci Roma" is excellent and is seldom heard F-I've always thought "Golden Days" could use some sonic improvement G-Most of the remaining titles already have excellent sound, but as I have said above, I expect the sound will be warmer.
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Sam Samuelian
01-31-2017
06:56 AM ET (US)
Hi Linz: Thanks to my dear friend Ross Mills in England, I have heard parts of the Sepia CD. It is a must have for any discerning Lanza fan. The sound is closer to the old warm LP sound than anything I have heard come down the road. If there was a way to add sound bytes here, I would certainly do it.
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Linz
01-31-2017
04:03 AM ET (US)
The new McGovern/Sepia CD is sensational. Mario as we used to hear him. Making Mario great again!! Looking very much forward to "The Best of Everything" audio and DVD also. Well-chosen title and content.
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Sam Samuelian
01-30-2017
06:33 PM ET (US)
Carole's mother was Mario's mother's sister. Thus, they are first cousins.

Thanks for the nice compliments about my review.
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Derek Mannering
01-30-2017
01:33 PM ET (US)
I've just sent Jeff details of the new CD and DVD releases. It should be on his main Lanza page soon: mariolanza.net. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
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Gail Swartz
01-30-2017
11:38 AM ET (US)
I, too, will watch Mario tomorrow even though he is on the DVR and on DVD. I will record SP for the sheer pleasure of hearing him sing. Thank you, fans, for being at the birthday celebration and the lovely report on the party...wished I could have been there and gone on the tour with Bill.
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Suzanne
01-30-2017
10:54 AM ET (US)
Sorry, some glitch caused me to think my msg hadn't got through.
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Suzanne
01-30-2017
10:53 AM ET (US)
Sounds as though you all had a wonderful time and I envy you. Sam, wonder how Carole Shea is related to Mario. Child of one of his mom's sisters? Great review, next best to being there. Tomorrow, though I have all Mario's films, the phone will be off the hook while I watch my beloved tenor,again, and again..
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Suzanne
01-30-2017
10:47 AM ET (US)
Sounds as though you all had a wonderful time and I envy you. Sam, I've wondered how Carole Shea is related to Mario. One of his mom's sister's children? Great review. I wish. Tomorrow, though I have all Mario's films. the phone will be off the hook, while I watch the tenor I adore, again.
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Martino to Sam
01-29-2017
10:30 PM ET (US)
Thanks for that review, Sam. It was great!
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Martino
01-29-2017
10:29 PM ET (US)
Take a look at the cake in Bill's photo below - "Mario's Legend Lives On". I think that is very appropriate for his post which marks, remarkably, the 50,000th post submitted on this forum, one of the few places left in the world where the story and legacy of Mario Lanza lives on virtually every day. Coincidence? Or could it be something more?
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Bill Ronayne
01-29-2017
12:03 PM ET (US)

And the cake from yesterday's party made by Barbara Deluca a friend of Carole Shea's. Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
01-29-2017
12:01 PM ET (US)

The Mario Lanza Institute would like to thank everyone that attended yesterday's party at the museum and also those that donated so many wonderful things to eat and drink. It was a great afternoon. Here is a picture of the table of goodies. The next photo will be of the cake.

Nice review Sam and thanks for bringing the projector. Actually they video we showed was made up by me not Ross.
I will post about the upcoming events in NY and Philly in more detail at some point but there will be a MLSNY luncheon on March 4th from 1pm-4pm at Patsys' in NYC as well as a benefit for the Lanza Museum on April 23rd from 1pm-4pm at Estia Restaurant in Philly. The Ball Weekend is November 11th and 12th.

Best always,

Bill
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Sam Samuelian
01-29-2017
11:14 AM ET (US)
FABULOUS MARIO LANZA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

I have been to many of these events over the years but must say that yesterday's affair was among the finest. First, we had a record number of people as far as memory serves. The people who came were very enthusiastic about the movie clips, there was wonderful food prepared by a number of excellent cooks, Bill's tour guide of the Museum was outstanding and very informative, and it was delightful to see 93 year old former tour guide John Luciani there looking healthy as well as the ever dedicated Jeanette Frese, whose memory is sharp as a tack.

Carole Shea picked me up at a nearby Staples and along for the ride were Anna Maria, a very new friend, and Dottie Todaro, a very "old" friend. Together we had a ball riding into the city and anticipating the event. We had much unloading to do once Carole squeezed her large Jeep SUV down the extremely narrow South Philly street. She is an excellent driver and I was grateful to be with her. Bill Ronayne greeted us and the ladies started setting up the food table while I set up my projection equipment being careful to run the wire where no one could trip on it.

It was gratifying to see a number of new faces, people who had never attended a birthday party. All were enthusiastic and some showed great knowledge of Mario. Our menu consisted of two huge "rings" of BJ's hoagies donated by Carole (whom you all know is Mario's first cousin), a very, very tasty home made pasta salad, a large chunk of zippy sharp provolone cheese from a South Philly store, plenty of soda and wine, coffee, and later the most incredible home made pineapple upside down cake with chocolate ganache, Dottie's perfect pizzelles, and an assortment of cookies.

Bill selected the Ross Mills DVD that highlighted a song from every one of Mario's movies and following was his live London Palladium singing. There was applause at the end and rightly so, as it is always so much more uplifting to experience our boy in the company of others who love him too.

Lots of socializing followed, Bill announced future dates to keep in mind like his MLS of NY upcoming meeting and the Museum Fund Raiser event. He will fill in the exact dates and details.

There was a board meeting after most had left which went on a good while but I spent the time pouring through Lanza LPs, 45s, and 78s that people have sent the Museum over the years (often thinking they were rare but the large majority were copies of records like The Student Prince and Lanza On Broadway). However, there were also an impressive number of albums I had never seen. Some foreign and some US. For example, one I had never seen before was the 45 of "There's Gonna Be A Party Tonight" from SHOR with a colorful shot of Mario singing amidst the crowd. In all I brought home a huge, heavy box loaded with records. Many were brand new and many were like new.

We broke the record for longevity of a Lanza birthday party. Before we realized it, it was 6 PM. Normally we are all home by 4 PM. Well, chow hound that I am I started talking about food as we passed a number of enticing Italian restaurants on Broad Street. Carole, Anna Maria, Dottie, and yours truly stopped at one named Peso that was highly touted but they were booked for the entire evening. However, only a few stores down and run by the same people was their Pizzeria that also offered a good number of entrees. We had to wait about 15 minutes and then went up to an alcove area which felt private and was spotlessly clean and bright. Being their specialty, we had to try the pizza so our appetizer was the special of the night called "Italian Flag Pizza" as it had the colors of Italy's flag and was a "white" pizza with cheese, veggies, and plenty of garlic. Extraordinary! We ordered the house salad which was highlighted by their home made balsamic dressing, a much thicker than average and much tastier than average delight. Our entrees were either 1-one of the greatest examples of chicken parmesan I've ever had, which included TWO filets, plenty of al dente pasta and the perfect gravy (not too sweet, not too acidy) Or 2-a delicately prepared and very tasty eggplant parmesan with pasta. We enjoyed a totally unique appetizer too. They served garlic rolls, excellent but nothing out of the ordinary, but the real hit was their cold chopped potatoes with pesto and Italian spices. You could make a meal on that alone. Later we had coffee (I always get my caffiene from Coke!), and I ordered a tasty tiramisu that was shared.

We hit the road by 9:30 but what should have been a half hour ride turned into an hour and fifteen minute ride. You see, there was a huge accident after a game had let out. We literally crawled but still kept up our fun pace of chatting and enjoying each other. I fell asleep the last fifteen minutes as I had gotten only three and a half hours of sleep the night before. Got into my van and drove home and headed right for bed, thus ending what was a top Mario Lanza Birthday Party.

PS. The total bill including tip for the feast we enjoyed was only $100.00.
Edited 01-29-2017 11:34 AM
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Ef
01-27-2017
06:56 PM ET (US)
Thanks Jeffrey, Looks like a good day on the 31st. I look forward to seeing and hearing our Mario the greatest tenor ever. Everyone Enjoy!!!
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Jeffrey Campbell
01-27-2017
03:41 PM ET (US)
Hi all, Just a reminder to everyone that TCM will be having "Lanza Day" on Tuesday Jan. 31st. All the films including "Student Prince" but not BYM. We should all set our DVR's and rejoice that hopefully new fans are discovering the Lanza magic through the efforts of everyone here and other sites, as well as the folks at Turner. It would be great if we all sent a note of appreciation to them! Can't wait for the new DVD and CD collection! All best!
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Kristine
01-26-2017
09:40 AM ET (US)
Mary Tyler Moore,RIP. When Mary was younger, I thought she resembled Betty Lanza.
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Sam Samuelian
01-26-2017
07:35 AM ET (US)
I do have some health issues but that is not going to stop me, in part thanks to Carole Shea;s offer to pick me up and drive me there. I will definitely be attending the birthday party for Mario at the Museum. It is always a fun afternoon where you have the opportunity to be with others who love your favorite singer, enjoy interesting and often rare film clips, hear a fine selection of Lanza recordings, and of course to munch on the traditional hoagies (NOT subs, we are after all in South Philly, lol!), birthday cake, and refreshments. It starts at noon and usually runs until 3 to 4. It is also an opportunity to meet Jeanette Frese who will give you a personal tour of the fine museum of Lanza memorabilia. There are many items for sale you will not find anywhere else. In the past we have sometimes been thwarted with ice and snow but it looks like that will not be a problem this year with the high forties and low fifties weather. I urge all of you within traveling distance to come and enjoy this event. Oh yes, I will also have the wonderful and colorful Mario Lanza montage that shows him from various stages in his career. They are available at the wholesale price of $20.00. Incidentally, 92 year old volunteer museum tour guide John Luciani comes when he is in good health. If he can make it, none of us has an excuse not to!

FYI: I received a notice from Amazon that the new, long, long awaited Lanza DVD "The Best Of Everything" had its preorder date of March 20th pushed back to April 4th to April 8th. But just now I went to the site and it is now listed as March 27th. Let's hope so!!
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Suzanne
01-24-2017
10:57 AM ET (US)
Gail, Mario certainly wakes us all up again, doesn't he. And the amazing thing is it never stops! Divine Mario.
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Gail Swartz
01-24-2017
12:06 AM ET (US)
Glad to see all of the posting ...missed it.listened to Clide Smith's cassettes of Mario on the Mic..love to hear him chuckle.huff, squeak ,and give the take numbers...would loved being in the recording studio. I am still in awe of Mario's manly tenor in his singing..tried watching Serenade but could not make all the way...too emotional.
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Lanza & Friends show fan
01-23-2017
03:45 PM ET (US)
Apology for the mess in my first post. Am in a hurry as I'm due for recording gig. Jim intervewed Roberta in a hotel dinning area in Westport, CT with about a hundred in attendance. Ms. Psters was very complimentary to Mario Lanza saying she would have loved singing with him. They were both RCA artists at the time. I have a picture or two I snapped of Jim and Ms Peters. I wish he was still doing the shows and I think he does too! My first time at this site.
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Lanza & Friends show fan
01-23-2017
03:26 PM ET (US)
I attended a show Jim Thompson did with Roberta Peters as his guest. It was presented at a hotl in Westpot, CT
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Suzanne
01-23-2017
10:58 AM ET (US)
Fred. Ever impressed by the knowledge you have. Last eve I listened to some "light" Mario. Nonetheless beautiful.
I'll See You Again". "Every Little Star", always amazing. I saw Roberta Peters and Robert Merrill here many years ago. They may have been married at the time. She was lovely. Don't imagine two diva(o)s can get on too well for long.Sorry to hear of her death. Sam, get well, get to the party!
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Fred Day
01-23-2017
10:12 AM ET (US)
Ed: Caruso also recorded that aria - one of his early Victor records, 1905, with piano. Ciao.
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Ed to David
01-22-2017
09:21 PM ET (US)
David,that aria was one of the first I heard sung by Pav around 72/73. I never heard of it till then.
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David Weaver
01-22-2017
01:12 PM ET (US)
Fred, the tenor was Alan Crabb. He had a fine lyric voice, did a lovely rendition of "Com'e gentil". Later on he became known as a choral conductor and teacher. He died in 2012 at the age of 70.

And by the way, for opera aficionados, sorry for the goof on the name of the soprano character in "Pasquale" - it's NORINA, not Adina. Adina is the character in another of Donizetti's famed opera buffas, "L'elisir d'amore."
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Fred Day
01-22-2017
11:27 AM ET (US)
David: Who was the tenor (Ernesto) in that performance of Don Pasquale?? Curious. Ciao.
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Bill Ronayne
01-20-2017
03:16 PM ET (US)
Sorry to hear of your physical problems Sam. If you're up to coming to the party at the Lanza Museum on the 28th it will be great to see you and Anna and yes please bring your projector. Best, Bill
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Fred Day
01-20-2017
01:57 PM ET (US)
Peters was also married briefly to Robert Merrill, for only a few months. Their divorce was amicable, they remained friends, and continued to sing together many times. It was Jan Peerce who discovered Peters. She was his protégé. She could reach F above high C with ease. She was a truly great artist, in every sense of the word. Rest in Peace. Ciao.
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Kristine
01-20-2017
07:18 AM ET (US)
Roberta Peters, RIP. She dated George London, at one time.
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Gail Swartz
01-19-2017
11:39 PM ET (US)
Hello, Mario fans! Do not know what has been discussed of late...lost the email connection somehow. I, too, wait for the new CD. Found Mario on Pinterest and have been saving and commenting on a great deal of his photos and singing. Young adults have been reading and responding to the information about the songs and photos.
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David Weaver
01-19-2017
08:46 PM ET (US)
Sad to hear about Roberta Peters. I saw and heard her three times: in a 1974 recital with Jan Peerce, the following year in "Bittersweet" for summer stock producer John Kenley, and a 1983 "Merry Widow" for the Cleveland Opera. Memorable experiences each time. And the biggest thrill for me was getting to play a small role when Peters was Adina in a 1980 Opera Columbus production of "Don Pasquale," with Ezio Flagello in the title role. She was very kind to me, and a delight to everyone. When the stage director staged Peters curtain call LAST at the final rehearsal, Flagello stormed off the stage, spewing profanities. "When did the name of this f-----g piece get changed to "Adina?", he shouted. Peters calmed him down and said, "Why, Ezio, of course you'll have the last bow!" Naturally, it didn't matter - on the two performance nights, it was Peters who drew the largest applause and bravos, despite Flagello's tempest (he was great in the role, but most people bought a ticket to see Peters, not him). I hoped she would be honored by Kennedy Center, alas too late. One of the truly great opera stars of her era.
Edited 01-19-2017 08:59 PM
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Ronald Sarbo
01-19-2017
06:30 PM ET (US)
Roberta Peters has died at the age of 86.
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Sam Samuelian
01-19-2017
11:47 AM ET (US)
Sam To Bill R: Hello Bill, I have been so out of touch and I apologize for that. I have been emotionally well but am undergoing some very strange physical problems that remind me of Mario and his plight with gout. My legs and ankles are swollen and painful. Have been too busy to stop and get it looked at but will soon. To boot, I have constant phlegm in my throat that is affecting my singing quality.

For now, I just wanted to offer my assistance for Mario's birthday party on the 28th. As my own birthday is the 27th, It is a date I cannot forget! If you would like me to bring my projector or anything else, just let me know.
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phil uk
01-19-2017
11:46 AM ET (US)
re celeste aida,can someone explain the differences on the now defunct rhino cd version as opposed to the caruso film soundtrack?
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Ed to Fred
01-19-2017
09:46 AM ET (US)
Thanks for that on Lanza. I didn't mean that he copied or stole anything I only meant it reminded me of the Caruso recording. I know he had his own way and it was fine by me.
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Fred Day
01-18-2017
08:58 PM ET (US)
Grigolo and Damrau will sing Romeo and Juliet again this Sat matinee, Jan 21, on radio, and high def in theaters. Hopefully, Damrau will be in better voice than she was when Bill saw the performance a few nights ago. Later this season, Grigolo will sing the broadcast of Werther. Ciao.
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Fred Day
01-18-2017
08:51 PM ET (US)
Lanza recorded Celeste Aida 6 times, only 5 exist. One is lost and has yet to be found. That one is at his 3rd Hollywood Bowl appearance in August 1949. Hopefully someday it may turn up, but the chances of that are rather slim. And, incidentally, Caruso recorded Celeste Aida 6 times also. His final one, in 1911, is the best one. Ciao.
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Fred Day
01-18-2017
08:39 PM ET (US)
Ed: Caruso was an inspiration to Lanza, but Lanza never copied Caruso, or anyone else. As Enrico Caruso junior pointed out, "Lanza grew up listening to the records of my father and other artists of that period, but he copied no one. His operatic recordings are original interpretations." The same is true of his Neapolitan songs. Lanza was his own man and copied no one. That record of Mattinata with piano was a test record for RCA Victor, made in June 1945. The pianist is unknown. Perhaps a staff pianist at Victor. Lanza didn't meet Callinicos until 2 years later, in 1947. Ciao.
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Ed to Joe
01-18-2017
05:57 PM ET (US)
Certainly, my email is McElvis1948@aol.com

Patiently awaiting the new Lanza cd due out soon. I want to run this by my friends here, it deals with a comparison. I'd like your feeling regarding the Lanza version of Mattinata with I think Costa at the piano on the Italian Soul and the Caruso one with Leoncavallo at piano, did Lanza copy the style of Caruso, I think so. Thanks
Edited 01-18-2017 05:59 PM
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Joe to Ed
01-18-2017
03:58 PM ET (US)
May I have your email address?; I am jorain123@gmail.com
Thanks, Joe
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Diane Cox
01-18-2017
02:09 PM ET (US)
Thanks Martino. I've watched that several times this week and like it very well, and went on to watch his last years final act duet with Garinca. Beczala is not a Pavoratti, and certainly not a Lanza, but he may be the best of what's out there at this time. I do think he has a passion for opera, keeps himself in shape, takes his wife with him everywhere, and sings in many different venues. Werther has become a favorite since I first saw it a couple years ago. I'm a relative newcomer to the full opera. Before just picked arias that I liked, with a limited range of tenors.
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Martino to Diane
01-18-2017
01:25 PM ET (US)
Here you go: https://youtu.be/3ngu8v0krOk
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Suzanne
01-18-2017
01:15 PM ET (US)
It was a joy listening to the three compilations, Che Gelida, Nessun and Celeste. Many were wonderful, of course, Mario and Pav, favorites. Great idea...
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Diane Cox
01-18-2017
01:13 PM ET (US)
Here's one of Beczala's reviews:
Polish tenor Piotr Beczala, one of today’s best performers for the role, alien to the romance between Liceu and Kraus, had secured a very good Werther in the 1st and 2nd acts. He showed a well-rounded, supported, beautiful voice, with good phrasing, expression and perfect style, without doing bel canto (which would have been too sweet) nor verismo (which would have been too aggressive). However, the pearl of the role Pourquoi me réveiller was yet to come in the 3rd act and Kraus’s souvenir was more present than ever, almost like a vibration of the air.

Beczala attacked cleanly, controlling the flow of air perfectly, breathing with the orchestra, respected the decrescendi prescribed by the score, gave depth and presence to the notes on the lower register, planted two A sharps that crossed the room like bright arrows and ended with an exquisite messa di voce on the last note. The theatre was collapsing, Kraus had disappeared and was finally resting in peace. Liceu had found another ideal singer for Werther, a sublime Werther: Piotr Beczala. This is how history is written in opera theatres.
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Bill Ronayne
01-18-2017
09:12 AM ET (US)
Grigolo was superb as Romeo at the Met last night. The new production is a traditional one and cleverly staged. The only disappointment was Diana Damrau as Juliette. She acted well but wasn't at her best vocally. Best Bill.
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Diane Cox
01-16-2017
01:38 PM ET (US)
Piotr Bexcala getting good reviews this week for "Werther". Saw Jonas Kaufman in the title role and he was also excellent.
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Ed to Joe
01-15-2017
08:01 PM ET (US)
Joe, I agree its Pavarotti hands down. I thought many sounding nasal and struggling to hit it as right as they could. Bjorling always rested on a high plain with me, missing was Tagliavini and Fritz but this showcased so many. Lanza was and akways will be best in my heart because like Caruso he was just that good. Pavarotti may seem somewhat mechanical but God that power and beauty to me will always be so darn good.
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Joe to Martino
01-15-2017
02:26 PM ET (US)
Thanks for that great collection of Celeste endings. I would have to crown Pav as the best of this group for this aria (including Mario). Without question Pavarotti was a great singer except I have always found him kind of mechanical i.e. a great technician.... but lacking the warmth and color of the Lanza voice. Your exercise was fun and very instructive.
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Diane Cox
01-15-2017
12:39 PM ET (US)
There was an encore in Nabucco last Sat, only the second I've seen. The chorus sang an encore with James Levine conducting. And both were beautiful. My first time to see Nabucco and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Domingo sang the title and baritone role - thought he did well. Had to go up and down steps a lot while singing. Also liked the tenor, but the two sopranos were everyday to me. Will probably see Romeo and Juliet this month also. Griggolo has improved a great deal, doesn't do as much modulation as he did at the beginning. And he loves to act in his big white sleeves.
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Ed to Martino
01-15-2017
10:27 AM ET (US)
This was a delightful arrangement is tenors singing one of my favorite atias. I did listen to the whole segment and found although many were good there were whom I think great. Many I did not know nor heard before but those I knew never disappoint. Ones I thought who seemed to stretch and push out that last sound were German, simoly all Italians and Bjorling and Tucker did it for me. Caruso, Lanza and Bergonzi always awesome, to me the best was by Pavarotti. If I'm not mistaken this was the performance he gave an encore for.
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Len (UK)
01-15-2017
09:59 AM ET (US)
I could cope with the politics on this forum if it was adult debate. From an outsider's perspective it has the appearance of juvenile polemic. This seems true of so much of the world today with opinions so polarised and an unwillingness to listen to an opposing viewpoint. I shudder to think where it will all end!
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Linz to Martino
01-15-2017
05:18 AM ET (US)
All those conclusions to Celeste are fascinating. Mario erred on the side of covering, singing "sul" rather than "sol." Yet still he's the most exciting of them all. Something visceral going on! I think we already knew that.
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Linz to Joe
01-15-2017
04:54 AM ET (US)
I too thought we had "collectively agreed to lay off politics," but on my return here noticed all the Obamarxists had been posting their filthy politics with a vengeance. It's the site owner's prerogative whether he allows this or not, and I know he chooses to allow it, so I equally know that I don't need to hold back in my expression of contempt for the disgusting socialist who tried to hijack your country, and his lackeys right here. Obama and Hillary are scum, as are the "people" who defend them. The opposite of the sense of life represented by Mario. Why is anyone surprised he registered as an independent? This is the fellow who said "I am an individualist." The opposite of socialist, state-worshipper, Muslim, Black Lives Matter and all other totalitarian trash. I can report from first hand experience that Damon was exactly the same.

Of course I'll post on music. But I'll not let Social Justice Warrior garbage here go unchallenged either. Neither should you. Stop being Politically Correct!! That's what's killing us!!
Edited 01-15-2017 04:57 AM
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Diane Cox
01-14-2017
07:35 PM ET (US)
Thanks Martino.
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Martino
01-14-2017
05:56 PM ET (US)
Celeste Aida is one of the most popular tenor arias in the Italian repertory. Nearly every tenor has sung it either in performance or on record. Even lyric singers such as Kraus and Gedda sang this aria although they would never have dared touched the entire role on stage.

My favorite rendition in live performance was sung by Luciano Pavarotti at LaScala and I have posted this clip here in the past: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP1vp_G9mLc. It is not perfect but it is close, with a final Bb to die for. That note was struck so precisely you could tune a piano with it.

That final Bb is not easy and Verdi made it even harder by asking the tenor to sing it softly. Corelli does perhaps the best job of the ending as he strikes the note forte but unlike most singers who remain fff, Corelli diminishes it to a hushed ppp in one of his famed, ravishing diminuendos. These utterly opposite vocal dynamics within one note is very rare and only a handful of singers have been able to negotiate it well.

If you like this aria, I recommend you go to youtube (I will post the link below) and listen to a compilation of 32 tenors singing the ending couple of bars of Celeste Aida (for some reason the Pav was excluded). Some are recorded and some come from live performances.

You will notice that Mario Lanza is included in this group of heavy hitters and well he should be. Although the final note is a tad pinched he still sounds glorious with that total abandonment which was his trade mark - I place him in the top three or four here. The Corelli ending I mentioned is also included. It is interesting to hear the differences in approach and the individual interpretations of each tenor. Some singers see the aria as sort of a romance and sing it lyrical while others view it as heroic as is Radames himself. Corelli sees it yet another way and perhaps the way it should be interpreted - as a poet warrior. You will note Jon Vickers, eg, gives it a full dramatic treatment because that is what was comfortable for his type of voice. Vickers had a wonderful, rare diminuendo as well but seldom used it. I think if he did sing the diminuendo here it would have matched Corelli's superb effort. And how about the squillo of guys like Filippeschi and Masini?! They know that if you have it you might as well flaunt it because even though that may not have been Verdi's intent the audience will eat it up every time!

This clip is fun and interesting if you have 15 minutes to spare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecZ24el7QSc.
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Ed to Linz
01-14-2017
10:25 AM ET (US)
Yes we here are afforded the right to liberty, if that means blasting some whom we don't agree with and vent or spew hate well so be it. That my friend is what has made America great. Anyway good to see you pop your head in, I very much look for your review on the new CD. Above all we all agree just how wonderful Mario is. Brother Ed.
49954
Joe
01-14-2017
10:01 AM ET (US)
Hi Linz!,as usual you are spot on. I DID announce the coming of the new Sepia release several months ago and I look forward to it as well as your review of same. And, yes, I also excitedly look forward to Jan 20 (THE date when USA starts to restore itself). As re political commentary, we have collectively agreed to lay off politics on the forum in order to focus on Mario. Happy New Year and keep your musical posts coming!
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Kristine
01-14-2017
06:51 AM ET (US)
I am not a militant , self righteous advocate ! I left the GOP because of what it has become, except for a few Repubs !
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Kristine
01-14-2017
06:50 AM ET (US)
I disagree with Linz's political posts here ! But once again, I will try to steer away from political debates, here. If political posts keep getting posted , here, I will post them, too. It's taking away from the purpose of this website, which is about Mario Lanza, operas, movies, etc. If this becomes completely political, I will no longer post comments, here. One thing, the states who went to Trump, had the most Obamacare sign ups.
49951
Linz
01-14-2017
03:36 AM ET (US)
Oh my! I didn't bother coming here for months because of the militant, self-righteous prevalence of advocates for Obamullahmarx and the even more evil Hillary, who would always end their apologetics with, "Now let's please get back to Mario." In other words, "In my apologetics for Islamo-Marxism I'm entitled to have the last word word here." I decided to look in to see if there's been any acknowledgement of the new Sepia CD by all these posters so anxious to "get back to Mario." None. Vince, who has been instrumental in helping Derek McG get these CDs out there, has posted about it, with zero response. Wotta surprise. I'm expecting my copy any day now, and shall assuredly be posting about it. I don't doubt that it will showcase Mario at his beyond-brilliant best.

In the meantime, I can't wait for Make America Great Again to kick in. This has happened in the nick of time. A third term for Obamullahmarx, which is what Hillary would have represented, would have been decisive in the destruction of America. Stultifying Political Correctness, shrieking Social Justice Warriors, "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon" Black Lives Matter trash, media that have utterly abandoned all pretence of journalism, a Hollywood elite that thinks its main raison d'etre is to scold us all in the ways of socialism ... all of these and other such scum would have become unstoppable. The Republic has a breathing space. But the price of liberty remains eternal vigilance—and never more intense vigilance than now.
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Diane Cox
01-13-2017
11:12 PM ET (US)
Tried to watch Bel Canto tonight on PBS, but had to give it up. I read and enjoyed the book.
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Fred Day
01-13-2017
03:13 PM ET (US)
Tomorrow's Met radio broadcast is the beloved La Boheme. Michael Fabiano sings Rodolfo, one of today's finest tenors. Ailyn Perez is Mimi. Enjoy. Ciao.
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Suzanne
01-13-2017
02:23 PM ET (US)
Suzanne,I only(and very reluctantly)used those examples to make the point: We should judge Lanza ONLY for his great voice and considerable gifts to the world of music....and President Trump should ONLY be judged for how well he governs the country.Let's all hope!
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Vince Di Placido (Jnr)
01-13-2017
12:59 PM ET (US)

I'm so proud to have been involved in this project! Over 6 & a half hours of Pure Mario Magic! All killer No Filler :-)
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Vince Di Placido (Jnr)
01-13-2017
12:54 PM ET (US)

I'm biased, I know. but I just finished my second listening of the new Sepia Lanza release "One Alone" & it is a triumph from sequencing to remastering it is practically perfect & just simply a joy!
What a great achievement from Derek McGovern, 5 volumes of the cream of Mario Lanza perfectly packaged!
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Suzanne
01-13-2017
10:32 AM ET (US)
Everyone's wound up today! Guess that's a good thing. Ed, what a great shirt. Your kids really "get you". Mine do too.David , and I wholeheartedly agree with you. Joe, I wish you hadn't repeated that "stuff", we've all heard it before. Not sure Trump comes out as an altar boy, but we have to take what we've voted for. We've always registered Independent. You'd be surprised how many ring our doorbell trying to change our minds.
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Ed
01-13-2017
08:14 AM ET (US)
Dennis/Kris, oh yes they figured it out a long time ago. They grew up with Mario playing somewhere either house, car or bbqs. Actually Kristine it was my son Kevin and his fiance who had the idea for the saying, and I must say it was a very special gift and well thought out, they had to find someone to do it, download the picture then get it onto the shirt. I think it was a good idea for the gift shop.
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Kristine
01-13-2017
05:48 AM ET (US)
Ed, great T-Shirt ! It would also be ideal for Mario Lanza Museum Gift Shop.
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Dennis
01-13-2017
01:41 AM ET (US)
Ed, great T-shirt! I'm sure your kids figured it out many, many years ago. "Dad, Dad, did you hear what I said?" "Sorry, I was focusing on something else."
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Ed
01-12-2017
07:02 PM ET (US)
This is the front of my new tee shirt, my kids figured it out.
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Ed
01-12-2017
06:55 PM ET (US)

One of my Christmas gifts
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Fred Day
01-12-2017
12:50 PM ET (US)
Teal: Good point. Enough on that depressing subject - back to Mario Lanza, and tenors in general. Ciao.
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Teal
01-12-2017
08:06 AM ET (US)
Apparently, Godwin's Law has touched this board. For those not familiar with this Internet term, it is defined thus:

A term that originated on Usenet, Godwin's Law states that as an online argument grows longer and more heated, it becomes increasingly likely that somebody will bring up Adolf Hitler or the Nazis. When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Godwin's Law has effectively forfieted the argument.
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Fred Day
01-11-2017
08:52 PM ET (US)
PS: Charles Manson is now 82. I have heard that he has cancer. In his case, that is good news, not bad news. Ciao.
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Fred Day
01-11-2017
08:16 PM ET (US)
Ed: Yes, I agree, bad call. Those others I mentioned were quite bad, but Hitler was the worst, along with his henchmen. Without a doubt. I forgot Charles Manson - very bad, and unfortunately still alive, but not for much longer, hopefully. Ciao.
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Ed
01-11-2017
07:57 PM ET (US)
My dad served all through France to Germany, his unit helped clear and liberate the death camp at Bergen-Belsen at age 23. When I would ask him he just looked at me and walk away. I know AH was the worst. So the association of Trump as Hitler was a very bad call.
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Fred Day
01-11-2017
07:00 PM ET (US)
Ed: There are a few rulers who can be compared to Hitler, all from the past: Joseph Stalin of course, Nikita Kruschev to a slightly lesser extent, Fidel Castro and his predecessor Battista, Franco of Spain, and Emperor Hirohito of Japan. There may be more, but these come to mind. But Hitler was the worst by a large margin, plus his henchmen, of course. What a depressing subject!! Ciao. PS: I suppose there are several American serial killers that might also be included into that mix. Fortunately all of them are dead!! Amen. Ciao.
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Fred Day
01-11-2017
06:43 PM ET (US)
David: PS: Is the gross worldwide, or USA only?? And for how long a period does the gross cover, one year, several years, or to the present?? Thanks. Ciao.
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Fred Day
01-11-2017
06:36 PM ET (US)
David: Please list the gross for all 8 Lanza films, in order from highest to lowest. Thanks. Ciao.
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Fred Day
01-11-2017
06:28 PM ET (US)
I have all 8 reviews of Lanza's 8 films, from the New York Times. Five of them opened at Radio City Music Hall: Great Caruso, Because You're Mine, Student Prince, Serenade, & 7 Hills of Rome. As for the other 3, For The First Time opened at the Roxy, Toast of New Orleans opened at the Lowe's State Theater, and That Midnight Kiss opened at the Capitol Theater. All 8 reviews were complimentary to Lanza, praising his singing. Ciao.
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Kenneth Henderson
01-11-2017
05:32 PM ET (US)
People forget that Eisenhower's time was a hard time in USA and other parts of the world. A severe credit squeeze happened. Many strikes in USA. My Uncle was employed by Great Lakes Steel in Detroit(Zug Island) since he came back from the Navy in WW2. From Kansas before the war some family came to Detroit for work and remained. My Uncle was Democrat and his wife, my blood aunt, was also but not a citizen until years later. Kennedy was their man later. In her own country my aunt had been what you call Republican. The period he was out of work due to a strike was for over 9 months and 4 kids to feed and ultimately 7(two have since died from the first 4) and my aunt had a serious breakdown trying to run the family. Its was suicidal and she told me the details later. She did start walking down the block towards the Detroit River at the end of it with the kids in hand but something stopped her. Plans move from USA to Australia were thwarted due to the strike and money spent enlarging the house of her Mother, my maternal grandmother, was wasted. I can add that one day later when my first cousin was 16 and driving that my Aunt was having a depressive episode and she had him drive her to a mall and spent the housing keeping on classical records. My Uncle accepted this and said that sometimes music for the soul is better than food for the body. A Mexican I found him a wise man. My Aunt was a staunch Lanza collector and belonged to the club, went to the Philly banquet(me too) and was friends with Costa and Terry(who phoned her often and I spoke to him in the 1970s).

I might add that in my country the US style Democrats called the Labor Party. The unions are heavily involved and people from Union jobs become politicians. Demand to vote for them is rife to Union members(which falling in many occupations). The most militant are the building unions that have thugs as leaders who cause blacklisting of suppliers on major jobs and have been delisted in the past. The teachers are also very militant in the state system. The building union is trying at this time to control the actual hiring and firing of members of the fire service and the volunteer country fire service. Heads have rolled. The current Labor premier is all for this control is is a marked man for the next election.

Ken
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Dennis
01-11-2017
04:50 PM ET (US)
Fred, thanks for that information. A lot of veterans (like Lanza) voted for Ike out of their respect for our military. Even my committed Democrat mother voted for Eisenhower, although I never understood why since my father was exempted from WWII as a family man with a defense-related job and only served time in the National Guard. I did plaster the door to my room with bumper stickers of "I Like Ike", but mainly to get my father's goat as he was a dedicated union man and was practically demanded by his Local to vote for a Democrat.

What is more curious is Lanza registering as an Independent. Surely that wasn't common in his day.
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Fred Day
01-11-2017
04:44 PM ET (US)
I am sad to read of the deaths of the 2 "Buddy's". Buddy Greco was a fine singer (in the Sinatra mold) and a fine jazz pianist as well, from South Philly. He died yesterday, Jan 10th, age 90. He was born 11 days after Tony Bennett's birth. And jazz musician Buddy Bregman died 3 days ago, on Jan 8th, age 86. I am very fond of the LP "Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings", with Bing Crosby in a fine jazz mood, a fine album. Rest in peace, both Buddy's. We all know that his younger brother, Bobby Bregman, is married to Elissa Lanza. My sincere sympathy to the families of both Buddy's. Ciao.
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Fred Day
01-11-2017
04:32 PM ET (US)
I believe Lanza was a registered independent, and didn't involve himself in politics. I understand he favored Eisenhower in the elections of 1952 and 1956. It is also known that ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy was a big fan of Lanza. Ciao.
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Ed to joe
01-11-2017
03:32 PM ET (US)
Joe, I must agree I think it low to brand anyone a Hitler, it's cruel and just wrong to do. Both sides are guilty of jabbing then and now. Anyone who has any concept of Hitler's Nazi Germany and what horrors they inflicted on the world should never have demonstrated their hate in such a way. Like I said whatever the outcome was, we elected a president not a dictator, our government is set up checks and balances and the transition to a new family let's keep mindful they are Americans and deserve the same respect. Yes now back to Mario, he's entertaining me now with Night and The Music.
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Joe
01-11-2017
03:14 PM ET (US)
I found it surprising also that 7 Hills was the only Lanza film 2 be shown at Radio City other than the GC (to me,it was Lanza's poorest movie). I did enjoy BYM, fluff and all. I actually saw 7 Hills at RC, one of the few times I ever attended that great old theater...but I was disappointed in the film.
Edited 01-11-2017 03:20 PM
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Mike M to David
01-11-2017
01:46 PM ET (US)
Reading your post re Because you're Mine being his second most successful movie, I find it surprising because 7 Hills of Rome made it to Radio City Music Hall . The only other one to achieve that was Great Caruso.. Feedback, please.
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Joe to Kristine
01-11-2017
12:52 PM ET (US)
Remember Kristine, some in the Liberal/Progressive Party also called Trump “another Hitler”, Insults can’t get much lower than that, so both sides are guilty. But I do agree with your key point, let’s leave all this political stuff by the roadside and get back to Mario Lanza (only)!
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Kristine
01-11-2017
06:17 AM ET (US)
I didn't vote for President Obama, but still respected him, his family. There were photos of the Obamas' faces on apes' bodies, Disgraceful ! When he was first elected in 2008, there were Repubs who said they would make him a one term President. Sean Hannity never accepted him(I don't watch him, anymore).I am sorry, I don't respect someone who mocks the disabled, shows no respect for POW Military veterans, calls people liars, when that person lies, too(Guess who will pay for The Wall ?). Now to change the subject, TCM will show "Singin' In The Rain" at selected movie theaters, this month. Maybe, eventually, TCM will show "The Great Caruso". Let's hope so. By the way, singer Buddy Greco passed away at 90. RIP. He knew Mario Lanza from Philadelphia.
49921
David Weaver
01-10-2017
10:42 PM ET (US)
I agree wholeheartedly that as President-elect Trump is about to take office it is important to give him a chance, to lend him our support.

My question to those who say we should do this, is: did you say the same thing in 2009? Did you say, I didn't vote for this guy, but he's going to be our president, I believe it's important to give him a chance, to lend him our support.

Did you do that? Then you are truly a patriotic American who wishes the best for our country, and not simply a narrowpartisan who thinks a president only deserves support when he's the candidate of your party, the candidate you voted for.

And I understand someone being incensed that a movie star, rock singer, athlete, or whatever, uses their forum to criticize the president-elect.

But I would again ask the question: in 2012, when a certain reality star said that the current president was not an American citizen, when he demanded that a birth certificate be produced, and even after it was still said it was a fake: were you incensed then? Did you say, that guy is just a reality TV star, who does he think he is to make this sort of accusation?

Did you do that? Then you are truly a patriotic American who wishes the best for our country, and not simply a narrow partisan who thinks a president only deserves support when he's the candidate of your party, the candidate you voted for.

Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President. I did not vote for him. But I believe it is important to give him a chance and lend him my support. Because to do less would be to be a narrow partisan and not a patriotic American.
Edited 01-10-2017 11:00 PM
49920
Ed
01-10-2017
07:45 PM ET (US)
Yes, party antics have changed, beliefs are different, the Teddy Roosevelt is not a Bush and a Kennedy is not a Clinton. I lived through the protests on Vietnam, the riots in Chicago in 68 and take cover drills in the fifties. One thing for whatever Ms. Streep said, I defend her right to say it, freedom of speech still is still with us, it is what I think of when I see my flag outside my home. I wore a uniform for it to defend it and its gifts it brings. Yes, I don't recall a time like this since McGovern in 72 when he wanted to beg Vietnam to let prisoners go home, what a piece of crap.
49919
Dennis
01-10-2017
07:13 PM ET (US)
Diane, sadly you are correct that society has changed a lot. Most of us on this forum have witnessed decades of political activity and many presidents come and go, but the venom and incivility I have heard in the last two months about our President-elect far surpasses anything I remember in the past. Those whose candidates lost have never been happy, of course, and perhaps even worried about the potential results, but I daily hear name-calling and rude remarks from my associates on various civic organizations, letter writers to the newspapers, teenagers in the press, etc. Unprecedented.

We expect that political activists will try to gain an edge by slanted, biased, or even untrue comments. It has always been thus. But the anger and dissent from the populace is new in my experience. Thus, the comments by Ms Streep reflect that sad change of direction. The result is that I have been disappointed by many that I once respected, both personally and in the public arena, not for their opinions, but for their tone and uncivil and inappropriate behavior.

I believe I have asked this before, but do we have a sense of what Mario's political opinions were? Democrat? Republican? Socialist? Liberal? Progressive? or completely apolitical? As Diane suggests, we didn't hear much from public figures in Mario's day about their personal beliefs.
49918
Diane Cox
01-10-2017
06:45 PM ET (US)
The world was a diferent place 60 years ago.
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Teal
01-10-2017
05:29 PM ET (US)
A big difference being, Joe, that Lanza never scolded his audience for not sharing his political views, whatever those may have been. Lanza protected his mystery, no matter what else was going on with him.
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Joe to Teal
01-10-2017
05:09 PM ET (US)
Good for you, Teal, you are absolutely correct in your assessment Well stated!

It is well documented that Lanza, the person, was frequently crude and boorish There are many such examples such as his urinating on the stage set into a flower pot, slipping a photograph of his penis into the pages of an unsuspecting soprano etc. Do we focus on this behavior here? NO, AND WE SHOULD NOT. The forum is to celebrate the Lanza voice and his gifts to the musical world.

Similarly, we should be focusing on Trump the President and NOT some of his bad social behavior.( compared to some of Mario’s behavior, Trump is an altar boy). Let’s give the man a chance, he has already accomplished more than a feckless Obama and he is not even sworn in.

People didn’t’ tune into the awards program to hear some political preaching from an actress. A great artist , yes…..but her speech was out of place in that program.
49915
Derek Mannering
01-10-2017
02:08 PM ET (US)
And yes, sad news indeed of the passing of Buddy Bregman. He was a sweet man and a gifted musician and arranger. As I mentioned to Ellisa last night, just like her dad, Buddy will be remembered as long as people listen to sublime recordings like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGNLLJz4Ajw
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Derek Mannering
01-10-2017
02:03 PM ET (US)
Thanks for sharing that, Teal, but it's worth keeping in mind that just like you, even someone as richly talented as Meryl Streep is perfectly entitled to express her opinion wherever and whenever she chooses to do so.

Far from "disturbing" and "obnoxious" I found her statement at the Golden Globes on Sunday night both eloquent and timely. She was, after all, addressing a room full of immigrants at an occasion hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. If you've been paying attention over the past year or so, you'll know that the object of Ms. Streep's condemnation is a person who has referred to members of the press as "disgusting," "dishonest" and "scum." Ignoring the First Amendment, he has also said, and I quote, "I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they (journalists) write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money."

Ms. Streep's comments and the occasion she chose to make them could not have been more appropriate.

(And NOW back to all matters Mario?)
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Teal
01-10-2017
12:40 PM ET (US)
As a keen reader of this message board, I have been somewhat surprised to see U.S. political divisions brought into the mix, now up to and including the disturbing conduct of Meryl Streep in her Golden Globes speech. (Her introductory comments notwithstanding, there was nothing wrong with her voice.) I have long admired her for her seemingly boundless capacity to inspire audiences to suspend disbelief and accept at least for a brief time that she is whatever she wants us to believe she is. In her obnoxiousness of Sunday night, she threw away that capacity with both hands because she now has become a nagging scold who gratuitously told off Donald Trump supporters in lieu of graciously accepting a tribute for great artistry.
Hamlet says in a discourse with Guildenstern “…you would pluck out the heart of my mystery….” From henceforth Meryl is without an artist's sublime mystery to those who cheer her on, to those who were repulsed and everyone in between. But it gets worse. The Internet is now replete with filmed images of Meryl standing in applause for a fellow artist (Roman Polanski) now in exile for drugging and sodomizing a Hollywood girl being farmed out for sexual exploitation. So much for that claim to the moral high ground.
Just as Elizabeth Taylor gave up her capacity to go believably into character when she invited the world into her private illicit love nest, so has Meryl done the same with her revelation of personal hypocrisy. I will miss the artist that I used to be content to pretend existed, but not enough to buy a movie ticket for the mere sake of nostalgia.
Edited 01-10-2017 01:40 PM
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SUZANNE
01-10-2017
10:57 AM ET (US)
At the risk of being political, I'll just say we've had some poor choices, can only hope it will somehow turn out to be not so bad as some of us fear. Ed, sympathize with the rising costs of insurance, don't know how it can be possible for some. Sara Palin having any post in the cabinet seems wrong but think it may happen. People fearing for their careers, can't blame them for an opinion. Trump needs to rise above his adolescent behavior. In the meantime,I'm waiting for the documentary and listening to some glorious Mario.
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Kristine
01-09-2017
04:34 PM ET (US)
Sorry to hear Buddy Bregman passed away. RIP. Diane, I agree about Meryl Streep.
49910
Ronald Sarbo
01-09-2017
03:14 PM ET (US)
Ellisa's brother-in-law Buddy Bregman has died at the age of 86.
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Diane Cox
01-09-2017
01:22 PM ET (US)
Ms. Streep made her views known with class, wit and facts.
49908
Kristine
01-09-2017
06:57 AM ET (US)
Ed, I agree ! Meryl Streep is a great actress, too !
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Ed
01-09-2017
06:26 AM ET (US)
I don't usually watch awards shows but tuned in to watch my favorite actress Meryl Streep. I know we touch on political views here I felt her speech was direct and very moving. I may be slammed here and attacked but I agree with all she said, her reminder how he mocked a disabled reporter yet many want him to lead our country, they are blind.
49906
Joe to David Weaver
01-08-2017
09:35 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the very good debate points you raised (plus helping to shift the conversation!)
49905
Ed to Len
01-08-2017
08:23 AM ET (US)
Len, no problem here we eventually get back to Mario. Happy New Year.
49904
Len (UK)
01-08-2017
06:19 AM ET (US)
As an occasional visitor to this forum, I am pleased that the discussions are back on the subject of humanity's finest ever singer. I can do without the politics! (Now I have doubtless offended everyone!)
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Fred Day
01-08-2017
03:27 AM ET (US)
I recall reading that Lanza never saw or wanted to see Because You're Mine or The Student Prince, and never wanted to discuss either film. They both held bad memories for him. Ciao.
49902
David Weaver
01-07-2017
11:27 PM ET (US)
Joe, re your theory on Mario not walking on SP if it came earlier in his film career, I would say: perhaps. Mario had difficulties with authority his entire life, going back to high school. It carried over into his professional life. In May 1949, even before THAT MIDNIGHT KISS was released, he walked out on his first commercial recording for RCA because the conductor assigned, Jean Morel, tried to correct him. He refused to return to the studio until RCA agreed to hire Constantine Callinicos.

So therefore, STUDENT PRINCE director Curtis Berhardt and Mario might've clashed, regardless of when the film was made during Mario's career. As for Mario feeling his oats, his ego may have been borne out of insecurity as much as self-confidence.

While unfortunate that he did not make THE STUDENT PRINCE, his absence did not deter the film from being a success. It made $2.6-million at the box office. If you include this as a film in his canon, it ranks only behind THE GREAT CARUSO and BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE as his most commercially successful film.
Edited 01-08-2017 12:02 AM
49901
Ed to Chris
01-07-2017
08:40 PM ET (US)
Did you change your cell number I left message. Send me new one to my cell ok
49900
Ed to Joe
01-07-2017
06:24 PM ET (US)
Joe, first let me explain that outrageous health premium. I retired from the feds in 09 with a very decent pension after 38 years the prem then was near $500 monthly for my wife, son and I. Gradually it climbed. By 2015 it was $1459, I was blown away. Jan 2016 it was $1550. My son turned 26 and came off. 2017 it was the same. I chose standard option now $534 and it's OK, that is why I can't stand Obama.

I've never seen SP, my guess is he thought he was Caruso, in sense he was being as big a star as Elvis. He may have acted different had GC came later on. I would not have liked him to walk on GC. I think the character of the prince was too young for him to play anyway.
49899
ED
01-07-2017
05:55 PM ET (US)
ooops, make that $1200/mo, not 1600.
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Joe to ALL
01-07-2017
05:45 PM ET (US)
In an attempt to change the discussion as well as possibly stirring up some debate on Lanza, I would like to present a theory I have about Mario’s troubles during the Student Prince: I think much of Lanza’s stubbornness with the studio came about because of the sequence of his movies. Allow me to explain:

When it became time for Lanza to make the SP, he was already a recognized world star/singer with 4 movie successes under his belt (including the Great Caruso). It would only be natural for this track record to give Mario huge confidence and feed his ego a little. So I ponder if Lanza had made the SP in one of his earlier movies and BEFORE (not after) the GC, would he have been more compliant?. I think as a “newbie” to show business, he WOULD have been.

We can never know for sure but I think Mario was” feeling his oats” by the time SP came along..

P.S. I think the tall, slender Purdom did an excellent job in portraying the Prince. Is it true that Lanza, himself, never saw the completed movie?
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Joe to ED
01-07-2017
05:37 PM ET (US)
Thanks for Understanding , Ed. We will both try harder in future posts.

 Holy Cow, $1600/month for insurance!. I assume that is for a family plan? I pay $380 a month for the 2 of us and that covers everything except dental(But it does cover preventative dental care, cleanings etc). Well, look at it this way Ed, your birth control is covered on O’care (LOL).I will try to get us all back thinking Mario on my next post.
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Ed to Joe
01-07-2017
03:20 PM ET (US)
Joe, much agreed on all points. We have no choice in giving him a chance. When selecting dept heads you must agree he's chosen and choosing folks like he was putting together board of directors and each one a millionaire or billionaire, those of us that try to hold on to middle class status are losing faith. I'm not bad mouthing his character, in my opinion in the eyes of the world I don't blame him I blame Obama who to me was an empty suit. He's more than doubled twice my Heath premiums just recently to 1200 a month that is insane. Maybe Trump will fix that I hope if he does I'll give him a pass. Now back to Mario!
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Joe to ALL
01-07-2017
02:29 PM ET (US)
It seems that everyone is getting in their political views so here are my two cents worth. In less than 2 weeks we swear in a new President (thank God) and possibly stop our downward slope to Socialism. More importantly, we get rid of the most destructive, most anti-American, most Muslim sympathizing, most race-dividing and most anti-Israel President in our history. His legacy is the whole of the Middle East is burning, we are saddled with ineffective Obamacare and he made a disastrous nuclear deal with friends in Iran. While he was spending 8 million dollars playing golf, our National debt increased to 20 trillion dollars and 95 million Americans are out of work..

 All this discussion was initiated by(what I think was) a “fake news” rumor about Palin and the VA (another one of Obama’s failings)..
How about we ALL make a few New Year resolutions:

1. Like him or not, let’s give the new President a chance and support him.

2. Let’s get back to a music only forum!
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Ed to David
01-07-2017
07:12 AM ET (US)
David, I fully understand and stand by your post. The past days this forum has been quiet and all of a sudden BOOM! I try to stick to Mario and as you said periodically we venture off into something new and it is short-lived. My one gripe as to our incoming leader is the crazy possibility that his choice to head VA could be Sara Palin. I know your late sister was a veteran, her service deserved nothing less than the very best. Veterans are not dumb they want a leader, a champion by their side and one that wore a uniform as they once did. I didn't vote this year, first time ever. Yesterday was Teddy Roosevelt's anniversary,in 1919 we said goodbye to one who'd be sad where we are.
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David Weaver
01-06-2017
10:01 PM ET (US)
Jeff Rense, who is the owner of this forum, has said to me before, in the role he asked me to fill, as overseer, that although he wishes discussions would stick to Mario, he has no problem with people periodically veering off into discussions of politics. As Jeff points out, such diversions are usually short-lived, and soon the talk returns to Mario. It is feeling a need to respond to every post that keeps the pot boiling.

Jeff's one caveat to me is whether someone is discussing Mario or politics or any other subject, attacks on the people who post here are not to be tolerated. One periodic poster here likes to call the current president Obamarxx. Okay, it may ruffle feathers on one side of the political spectrum, but it is not a direct attack on one of our fellow posters. And if someone should, as someone I know does on Facebook, call the incoming president-elect Cheetoface Pussygrabber - that may ruffle feathers on the other side of the spectrum, but again it not a slur or attack on a fellow poster.

Jeff has had me delete posts before, but only once has he had me block a person. That was specifically because said person directly insulted and attacked several people who posted here, mainly for the reason they did not agree with his views on Mario Lanza.
Edited 01-07-2017 12:59 AM
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Chris Johns to All
01-06-2017
08:41 PM ET (US)
Thank you Joe and thank you Ed for your warm wishes.
Ed and Kristine I believe you misunderstood my post.
I do not object to the people her having an opinion unlike mine.
My objection is: one day someone slips in a political opinion or thought....then someone objects by saying this in not a political forum....time passes and the objectors post a political opinion or thought.
My question is can we get a little political or not and whatever the consensus is let's STICK TO IT.
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Ed to Chris
01-06-2017
07:40 PM ET (US)
Chris, yes we are dear friends and we always talked Mario and family but please understand that although we are friends we must accept the others views not necessarily accept them.
You are 1000 percent corrrct about Obama and my VA. His treatment and handling of vets, their endless waiting periods for decisions and deaths caused by those waits and being embarrassed by CNN for their numbers fixing. I was sick and tired about hearing about his grandfather and the GI Bill, Obamacare and his ACA with soaring and doubling of premiums. One point I wish to make is that the trust we vets have in our VA is unity and the likes of Palin being considered is very sad. Our country founded by a group of people that spoke out against tyranny and injustice is now to be lead by one who calls a sitting senator a clown and avoids intelligence information has killed any chance of world leadership. We could not have Hillary as president, liar,not worthy of my vote for which she did not get because I did not vote. Hope you are well in NJ and will talk next week. Ed
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Kristine
01-06-2017
06:14 PM ET (US)
I didn't vote for Trump, left the GOP. A few years ago, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, and Trump didn't like Julian Assange, Wiki-Leaks, along with Edward Snowden, because they hacked into NSA. Now, these three are hailing Assange as a hero ! Disgusting ! Some, in the GOP, all of a sudden , like Putin. If entertainers don't want to perform for Trump, that's their decision ! By the way, the new "Celebrity Apprentice" with Arnold Schwarzenegger, flopped in the ratings. Trump(who is executive producer of it) tweeted , on Twitter, "Who cares ? Schwarzenegger voted for Kasich and Hillary". I'm sorry, I don't want to post political comments, here, but if someone starts it, I will post my views. It's not Presidential, calling people "names", either !
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Joe to Chris Johns
01-06-2017
04:35 PM ET (US)
VERY WELL SAID CHRIS ,GOOD FOR YOU!
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Chris Johns to All
01-06-2017
03:48 PM ET (US)
I have not posted here for about a year but have checked the site on and off. I can not believe what this site has turned into. Occasionally someone will post something with a political note to it and then people complain this is not a political forum.
Personally I have my political views and others have theirs. I respect that.
What brothers me, are the people who complain about posters being political then turn around and eventually post political. People leaving the forum because they don't agree with Jeff's views (who does not post his views on this forum)
So for those who agree with these 3 non American kids not to perform for President-Elect Trump, or entertainers who want to leave the country because of the election, put your big kiddie paints on or don't read any further.
Obama was the most polarizing non American (communist) President we have ever had.
Ed, you are a dear friend. When we talk we mostly talk about Mario and our personal lives. When I read how you were condemning a possible appointment to the VA, an entity I know you hold dear, I was shocked. The VA under Obama has been an abortion!! Veterans dying while waiting for a doctors appointment, falsifying records etc. Can't go any lower then that.
Give the man a chance. We can not do any worse then we have for the last 8 years.
I could go on for hours but I won't.
Just like we want to keep political views off this forum so should these idiotic entertainers keep their views to the selves. I enjoy their entertainment. I can give a rats a- - about who they support, what brand soda they drink or what their philosophy of life is. For me, I will not listen to or watch anything will these 3 kids of Bocelli or any other person who denounces President-Elect Trump with out even giving him a chance.
So let's make a decision....do you want to get political here at times or not?
God bless everyone here and have a happy & healthy new year.
GOD BLESS AMERICA 🇺🇸
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Diane Cox
01-06-2017
03:31 PM ET (US)
I don't like every selection on the CD, but there are some wonderful moments. In the TV special, Ignazio said after this concert he had decided to keep studying. Think he finally realized what a gift his voice is. And Gianluca stretched himself also - he did very well on Nessun Dorma. He's a perfectionist, and I can just see him practicing in front of the mirror. and Piero is living up to his promise - he's the oldest, 24 or almost 24. Listening to them makes me happy.
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Ed to Diane
01-06-2017
02:10 PM ET (US)
It seems Trump has slim pickings in the entertainment field for his inauguration. I was delighted to learn that Il Volo won't perform for Trump, my appreciation for them just went up a notch. I'm really enjoying the latest CD.
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Diane Cox
01-06-2017
11:51 AM ET (US)
The Italian trio of tenors, Il Volo, was asked to perform at the ignauration this month, and said no, they did not agree with his politics and so would not sing for the president-elect.
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SUZANNE
01-02-2017
03:34 PM ET (US)
Watched some of "That's Entertainment" and still amazed at the talent. Nothing like it now. Ordered another "My Italian Soul" CD for a relative who's ill. Hoping it might bring some solace. How quick the holidays are over after all the prep, now to face what's coming with a lot of apprehension.
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Diane Cox
01-01-2017
05:02 PM ET (US)
Yes, David. it was late when I posted that. It was indeed the 1974 That's Entertainment. Watch the second, but gave up before the third came on. I've seen these several times and always enjoy them.
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David Weaver
01-01-2017
02:11 PM ET (US)
Diane, do you mean the 1974 MGM film, "That's Entertainment," in which Mario and Kathryn are seen singing "Be My Love," introduced by Debbie Reynolds? TCM showed that and the other two films in the series in a New Year's Eve marathon.
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Diane Cox
01-01-2017
12:14 AM ET (US)
Saw a short clip of Mario singing Be My love on entertainment tonight I. Showing on my PBS station tonight.
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Ed
12-31-2016
10:37 PM ET (US)
To all my friends here from my family to yours Happy 2017.
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SUZANNE
12-31-2016
08:03 PM ET (US)
Best of everything in 2017,everyone.
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Fred Day
12-31-2016
01:22 PM ET (US)
Ron: I recall hearing this comic impression of Richard Burton, a few months later: "Oh Eddie Fisher, where are you now? I cannot handle this woman alone! Where are you now?" (and then sung) "Wish you were here, wish you were here, wish you were here!" It got plenty of laughs! Ciao.
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Fred Day
12-31-2016
01:06 PM ET (US)
Tony Martin's RCA recording of Arrivederci Roma preceeded Lanza's recording by several months. Ciao.
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Ronald Sarbo
12-31-2016
11:21 AM ET (US)
Eddie Fisher recorded "Arrivederci Roma" when he came back to America leaving Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor alone on the set of "Cleopatra" in Rome. His record got some play by the disc jockeys.
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Diane Cox
12-31-2016
11:20 AM ET (US)
The best to all of you in this New Year!
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Bill Ronayne
12-31-2016
09:49 AM ET (US)
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
12-31-2016
09:49 AM ET (US)
Not that I know of Fred. Best, Bill
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Kristine
12-31-2016
05:36 AM ET (US)
Happy New Year, Everybody !
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Fred Day
12-30-2016
09:54 PM ET (US)
Thanks, Bill. Has Eddy Lovaglio's Italian Lanza book been translated into English yet?? Curious. Ciao. Happy New Year to all.
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Suzanne
12-29-2016
10:34 AM ET (US)
Such a terrible tragedy to end the year. They both gave such joy to audiences everywhere. I have tears for their loss.Ed, I imagine all stars have hangers-on who pretend to be friends , but only want to be associated with greatness having none of their own. A sad fact of life.
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Bill Ronayne
12-29-2016
10:33 AM ET (US)
Fred: Around 1965. I heard that she was either 60 or close to that age when she made them. Best, Bill
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Ed
12-29-2016
08:15 AM ET (US)
Fred, thanks for the argument story. Elvis had his hangers on called Memphis Mafia they too were leeches. His father wanted to kick them out of the house and told Elvis get rid of them they were breaking their bank. Elvis couldn't do it because they threatened to spill all of his drug secrets to the media which they eventually did just prior to his passing.
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Fred Day
12-28-2016
09:13 PM ET (US)
Question for Bill Ronayne: In what year did Mario's mother Maria record those 4 selections on CD-#15 of Damon Lanza's complete Coke Show set?? She had a very nice lyric soprano voice. Damon mentioned the 4 titles, but did not state the year. Curious. Thanks. Ciao.
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Kristine
12-28-2016
09:10 PM ET (US)
Carrie Fisher, RIP. Now the news has reported Debbie Reynolds passed away. RIP. Debbie Reynolds appeared on Mario Lanza's Coca Cola Radio Show and she narrated the segment about Mario Lanza in "The Toast of New Orleans" in "That's Entertainment". Years ago, I sent her a fan letter, she sent me an autographed photo. I had always wished she had won an Oscar for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown'(1964)and receive a Kennedy Center Honor. I am facebook friends with Todd Fisher(her son). He said now they are together.
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Fred Day
12-28-2016
09:02 PM ET (US)
Ed: It was more of a heated discussion/debate of Othello vs. Otello - the play versus the opera. Alex Revides was a competent (but not great) Shakespearian actor, who lived in Rome. He met Lanza, and they became friends, but he turned out to be a leech. Betty could see thru him and knew he was not good for Mario. She was right about such things, on several occasions. On that particular night, Mario and Alex drank beer all night and Mario sang at the top of his lungs, all night. As a result, he became hoarse and couldn't sing the concert in Hamburg the following night. His cancellation (his 2nd cancellation in Hamburg) caused a near-riot!! Ciao.
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Ed
12-28-2016
05:24 PM ET (US)
What was the argument about ?
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Ronald Sarbo
12-28-2016
09:00 AM ET (US)
Fred: Yes...the argument with Revides is described in Cesari's book...pages 254-255.
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Fred Day
12-27-2016
09:10 PM ET (US)
Has the Italian book by Eddy Lovaglio ever been translated into English?? Curious. I recall a professor was working on an English translation, but I have never heard anymore about that. Any further info?? Ciao.
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Fred Day
12-27-2016
09:02 PM ET (US)
Ron: Now you've got me wondering!! I think it was in Armando Cesari's book?? Or was it in Derek Mannering's book?? Or Roland Bessette's book?? I know Revides' name was never mentioned in Costa's book, or Terry Robinson's book, or the Matt Bernard paperback. I will look it up. Thanks for the alert. Ciao.
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Ronald Sarbo
12-27-2016
07:31 PM ET (US)
Fred: I thought the argument with Revides over Otello occurred at the hotel the night before the Hamburg concert? Lanza's voice was so sore the concert had to be cancelled almost causing a riot. Costa was furious at Revides.
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Kristine
12-27-2016
07:23 PM ET (US)
Carrie Fisher, RIP.
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Ronald Sarbo
12-27-2016
07:06 PM ET (US)
From what I see on Amazon the new 2CD set will be called "The Best Of Everything" like the new DVD doc. Both appear scheduled for release in March 2017.
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Ed to Mike M
12-26-2016
08:06 PM ET (US)
Thanks Mike, seems like a good mix, many from Coke, will be good to see how the tracks sound after transfer.
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Mike M.
12-26-2016
03:15 PM ET (US)
A new release by Sepia on February 10th titled "One Alone".

 1. They Didn'T Believe Me



  2. The World Is Mine Tonight



  3. Wanting You



  4. I'Ve Got You Under My Skin



  5. Night And Day



  6. Roses Of Picardy



  7. One Night Of Love



  8. Your Eyes Have Told Me So



  9. Sylvia



  10. I'Ll See You Again



  11. Romance



  12. The Trembling Of A Leaf



  13. Yesterdays



  14. The Moon Was Yellow



  15. Golden Days



  16. Will You Remember'



  17. Behold!



  18. Arrivederci Roma



  19. I Love Thee



  20. One Alone



  21. The Lord'S Prayer (Live)



  22. Tell Me, Of Blue, Blue Sky



  23. Love Me Tonight



  24. Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life


   
 


Product Details

Audio CD (February 10, 2017)
Number of Discs: 1
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Ed
12-25-2016
04:59 PM ET (US)

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Ed
12-25-2016
04:54 PM ET (US)
I've been enjoying my new Il Volo CD I got for Christmas. I find them an exciting group with wonderful voices. Their concert is well patterned after the famed Three Tenors, I see greater things for these guys.
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Fred Day
12-25-2016
01:25 AM ET (US)
Dennis: I will do the same - both the earlier and the later Lanza Christmas CD's, and also the Christmas Coke Show, 1951. PS: Jackie Evancho is now age 16 - how the time flies!! Merry Christmas to all. Ciao.
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Dennis
12-24-2016
07:25 PM ET (US)
Merry Christmas to all! Tomorrow morning, my first music will be Mario's Christmas album, as it has been for at least 40 Christmases! How about the rest of you? How might Mario's voice figure into your Christmas/Hanukkah day of enjoyment?
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Fred Day
12-24-2016
04:21 PM ET (US)
I hear that Andrea Bocelli withdrew from performing at the Trump inaugural ball, due to a large backlash on the internet. I hear that 13 year-old Jackie Evancho will sing. Good luck!! Ciao.
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Fred Day
12-24-2016
03:41 PM ET (US)
I also wish that in the 1959 Christmas Carols LP, Lanza had also included O Holy Night, in a traditional arrangement, at a slower tempo than the 1950 recording. If I had been there, I would have begged Mario to add that one song to the album!! Ciao.
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Fred Day
12-24-2016
03:22 PM ET (US)
Another night that would have been fascinating to have captured on tape: a night at the Villa Badoglio in Rome, with Lanza and Alex Revides, an actor with a pretty good baritone voice, drinking, and discussing Otello, and singing the main arias and of course the big duet that closes act 2 - Si Pel Ciel. This lasted the entire night, with all the music sung several times, a capella I believe, as Calinicos refused to play the piano that night!! Oh, to have been there with a tape recorder!! Ciao.
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Fred Day
12-24-2016
02:30 PM ET (US)
In that regard, Lanza and Jussi were kindred spirits - both were essentially binge drinkers. The story of their meeting, at Lanza's home, as told in the bio of Jussi, is most interesting. Terry Robinson was present - he was the bartender, and also the DJ who played the records. Too bad that afternoon was not recorded or photographed. Ciao.
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Joe to David Weaver
12-24-2016
02:30 PM ET (US)
Thank You, David, You make a very cogent case. No matter what his demons were, we all agree on one thing: No tenor was ever blessed with a better instrument. Happy Holidays to ALL.
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Fred Day
12-24-2016
02:14 PM ET (US)
If you listen to the raw recordings of LOB, as issued by Damon Lanza Productions, you can hear that Lanza is not drunk. He probably had been drinking up to a few days before the LOB recordings began. The effect of alcohol on the vocal cords remains for at least a week or 2, after one stops drinking. Marilyn Horne once told on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show, that once at a party, she had 2 or 3 glasses of wine, enough to give her a buzz. For 2 weeks thereafter, her voice would not respond as it usually did and should. It was like driving with the parking brake on. After about 2 weeks, her voice returned to normal, and she vowed, no alcohol ever again!! On the other hand, Jussi would go on a bender when he had a free period of time between engagements. Oddly, alcohol didn't seem to bother his voice, which makes him a rare exception. There is a private recording of him singing at a party, a capella, while he was drinking, yet he still sounds magnificent, high notes and all!! But he had heart problems, and he untimately died of a heart attack at age 49, in Sept 1960. Alcohol took its toll. Same with Lanza - his early death at age 38 from a heart attack was certainly caused by alcohol, at least it played a large part. I often wished that, after completing the Cavalcade LP, he had gone back and re-recorded the LOB album, but with Henri Rene. It surely would have been much superior. But, that is history, which can't be changed. Ciao. Merry Christmas to all.
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David Weaver
12-24-2016
01:38 PM ET (US)
Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday.
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David Weaver
12-24-2016
01:37 PM ET (US)
Joe, fact is I and many others agree with you that Mario drinking did negatively impact his performance on the LOB. Which is one reason why I think he tended to be more a binge drinker than an alcoholic. An alcoholic - and I've had some in my family - cannot go a day without a drink. Mario, while at times drinking heavily, also had extended periods where he drank very little, and at times not at all.

Clearly, it was not long after LOB that he stopped drinking, because his performance on CAVALCADE, recorded just three months after LOB, was a complete turnabout to the fabulous Lanza voice of old. In fact, on CAVALCADE, he sounds very close to the Lanza of the Coke Shows in 1951-52.

Ed, your experience with your dad is a perfect example of what I was talking about re Mario. I'm sure he put on a front for them, and there were probably times when that was very difficult, depending on what he was going thru.
Edited 12-24-2016 01:38 PM
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Joe
12-24-2016
12:09 PM ET (US)
I see that these conversations about Mario’s problems with booze got kicked off by my questions on his possible drinking right before recording. That was NOT my intent so I regret bringing it up….I was just looking to see if any others here thought it might be a factor in his LOB recording. THAT”S the discussion I was hoping to initiate (and not his lifestyle). Sorry to get everyone off to a tangent. Well, anyways, I wish all here a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
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Bill Ronayne
12-24-2016
09:57 AM ET (US)
Regardless of which holiday you celebrate this season, may it be a blessed one and full of joy. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Best, Bill.
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Kristine
12-24-2016
07:52 AM ET (US)
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year !
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Ed to David
12-24-2016
06:44 AM ET (US)

David, I think you said it best and gave a clearer understanding of our boy. To be honest I saw firsthand similar behavior changes with my own dad which I touched on here. My dad would become another Ed McManus when we visited his mom then change as soon as we got into our home. I ran away three times by the time I was 15, even thought about joining the army at 16,then eventually did at 19. It seems here we focus on just Mario's actions false or true,what about Betty and her children, how many fights and binges did the children witness. When booze is in the family so heavy we were affected, I myself don't drink,never had in my life, there were never outbursts in our home brought on by booze. My guess is Betty and the kids were affected and that is sad. Today there are groups to help save people like us who were damaged by no fault of our own. Pray for them to.I attached a photo of the church they married in.

I wish you Aina and your girls a Merry Christmas.
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David Weaver
12-23-2016
10:09 PM ET (US)
Whatever Bob Dolfi said he was told by Maria and Tony Cocozza, I would qualify it with this: they would be the last people I'd expect to offer an objective or even an informed opinion about their son, at least as an adult.

He moved out of their house when he was 22 to enter the Army. Three months after he got out of the service in 1945, he was married by a minister to Betty in Hollywood, without telling his parents, which made his mother furious (and which is why in part they were married again in July, by a priest in New York, at the church Ed is familiar with). The mother and the wife did not get along, so after Mario brought his parents out to Hollywood he got them their own place.

As Mario's fame grew, so too, did his behavior problems with MGM - well before the blow-up over THE STUDENT PRINCE. Costa wrote of how that would change whenever Tony and Mary were around:

"But a strange transformation would come over him when his parents visited the set. Then Mario was instantly on his best behavior. 'I'll sing like you've never heard me sing before, Mom,' he'd say to Maria. And as he became her loving little boy again, he was almost obsequious with the director, obedient to the conductor, and co-operative with the other players."

And you know what? I understand Mario doing that perfectly. Who among us, as adults, have said and done things that would make us red-faced with shame and embarrassment if our parents were there? Their view of us is based on a totally different reality, of the child they knew, loved, and reared from birth, not the person we are as an adult.

I am certain Mario hid the dark side of his personality as much as possible from his parents. It would be more likely that people who were close to him like Costa, Terry, and especially Betty would see the heartaches and struggles he was going thru.

As evidence of that, I think of Maria telling an interviewer in 1966 that when a movie was made of her son's life, "it will be a family film, like 'The Sound of Music.'" Any person who knows anything about Mario Lanza would know that an honest depiction of his life would not be a family film, unless completely fictionalized, as was "The Great Caruso." Which is why his most devout fans, including many on this forum, should hope no film is ever made. If the "blue tape" offends people, God knows their horror at a scene where Mario and Judy Garland are enjoying each other in the back seat of a car on the MGM lot.

That said, in the end, whether or not Mario was an alcoholic or a binge drinker, a womanizer or devoted family man (maybe both), or whatever, it does not take one iota away from his phenomenal voice and what he achieved with it, which is why he is still remembered and celebrated today.
Edited 12-23-2016 10:39 PM
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Martino
12-23-2016
09:41 PM ET (US)

Enjoy Mario's Christmas and Religious songs this season.
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Martino
12-23-2016
09:39 PM ET (US)
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
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Ed to Diane
12-23-2016
08:33 PM ET (US)
I only download from Apple, they are clean. I let my daughter set me up I get frustrated too much. Good luck with the new toy. :-)
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Diane Cox
12-23-2016
06:12 PM ET (US)
Ed, I don't download music and am careful about the sites I visit. Have only had one visur in 17 years of computer use. Hope I didn't just jinx myself. My son is having a fine time setting it up, installing programs, and I haven't gotten to touch it yet.
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Ed to Diane
12-23-2016
05:37 PM ET (US)
Diane, I've had an Inspiron three years with Windows 7. It's ok but you have to be careful they get viruses at the drop of a hat. I caught a good one through my own fault two years ago downloading music from YouTube and had to clean it all out, I lost about 2500 songs that had to be reinput. I think they come with Norton virus protector. Do yourself a favor and get the Kapersky anti virus protector, my geek uses it, one or two year protection. You can scan the whole pc or any song. My next one is a Mac. I'll be listening to those records this week, I enjoy them, Merry Christmas Ed
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Diane Cox
12-23-2016
12:20 PM ET (US)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! My new year resolution is to finish the Lanza time line I've been working on for years. Getting a new Dell inspiron today - so if I'm off line don't worry.
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Suzanne
12-23-2016
11:52 AM ET (US)
Ed. I have to admit i'm on the defensive where Mario's concerned, like a mother who supports her children. From everything I've read (we're told to believe half of what we read) I have to conclude that he had a problem with Alcohol,but who are we to say what drove him to it? We all have our comfort zones. I've just struggled through the last pages of the book "Dissecting Mario" and except for 2 wonderful photos I hadn't seen before wish I'd spent the money on more CDs. Anyway, Merry Christmas and the best of the New Year to everyone here.Remembering Dan Lawlor, a great fan of our Tenor . Hope Matt is doing ok, and everyone we haven't heard from, thinking of you and wishing only the best of everything.
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Ed to Kristine
12-22-2016
08:09 PM ET (US)
I'm sorry too, I guess I was just up out of bed and no coffee yet. I'm very defensive of Mario I guess you know and by the way I post him on Facebook. I'm a true ambassador for Mario Lanza since I was 14. Again accept my apology and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.
PS: Costa may be telling tales too we don't know. I asked Bob Dolfi years ago and since he lived with Mario's parents he knew it all, Best Ed
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Kristine
12-22-2016
07:02 PM ET (US)
Ed, I'm sorry if I offended anyone. I remember reading it, I think, in Constantine Callinicos's book.
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Ed to Len/Joe
12-22-2016
11:14 AM ET (US)
Len, my dad was mentally abusive from booze, I lived in a home where booze flowed 24/7 on the weekend it was as if the glass was fused to his hand. As an oldest child of four it was my job as early as 8 to take every one to grandma when he was off on a tangent. My only save from 14 on was to lock myself in my room and blast Mario,I wished he die or leave us alone, he died at 54 from booze.

Joe, there is a noticeable difference from LOB to Cavalcade, you never know what's on people's minds especially if booze is part of the makeup. If someone is bent on the road to self destruction you can't always get them back and sadly they've taken God given blessings like a voice with them.
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Sam Samuelian
12-22-2016
10:59 AM ET (US)

On a whim I searched eBay just now and started with highest prices pieces first. I was drawn to what is touted as the movie poster from the very first Italian release of "That Midnight Kiss". It is very large and backed with linen and originally came in two pieces. The size is 6 1/2 feet tall by 4 1/2 feet wide. I decided to purchase it and should have it in a week and then will look forward to framing and matting it. Here it is:
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Len (UK)
12-22-2016
10:23 AM ET (US)
As the son of a violent drunk, I have taken an interest in the definition of alcoholism. Medics define it as a physical dependency in the same way as drug or nicotine addiction. I understand that some alcoholism support groups here in the UK define it as needing alcohol as a part of a daily diet.

I have seen lots of anecdotal evidence of Lanza’s binge eating and drinking. My father was the same and drank beer every day, but rarely wine or spirits. I am not sure that he was an alcoholic in any true sense. I suspect that Lanza was similar.

It’s inevitably the family that pays a price!
Edited 12-22-2016 10:24 AM
49826
Joe to Ed
12-22-2016
09:05 AM ET (US)
Ed, you misconstrue the reason I brought up Mario’s addiction to alcohol. It was a necessary preamble for my questions about some of his live singing and his recordings (particularly the LOB). I am not criticizing or judging the man himself and his sad sickness. He was human in spite of his great gift.

 BTW, Mario’s alcoholism is well established in several of the better biographies as well as other sources. Yes, I also bought LOB simply because it was Mario and I “try” to listen to it once in a while….but it is not only well below the usual high standard of Lanza, it is outright “sloppy” singing in many places.

 A shame since the song selections should have been a masterpiece for Lanza! Inexplicable since we know he was in fine voice a few months after LOB..
Edited 12-22-2016 09:07 AM
49825
Ed to Kristine
12-22-2016
07:31 AM ET (US)
Kristine, you label Mario Lanza an alcoholic, this bothers me greatly as the post by Joe earlier. What darn proof do you have either of you? Because one drinks on occasion does not make them an alcoholic, if one clashes with another does not mean they are crazy or have bipolar disorder. Just for once ask yourself what you would do if you were the biggest star in the world and the bottom fell out and you were back to square one. I suggest people have their proofs before making trenchant comments.
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Brian Harrison, England
12-22-2016
07:24 AM ET (US)
May I wish all of my friends here on this Lanza Forum a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year. My wife Christine and I are off to Plymouth to visit our eldest son and his family over Christmas. I bought him the c.d. "Christmas with Mario Lanza" many years ago. He said he wanted it to remind him of me when I have gone!! A good sense of Harrison humour there. I don't post very often these days but I do keep up with your postings nearly every day enjoying the information and nuggets of entertainment you express. It must be over 20 years since I first posted here and I often wonder about the good people that were around then including Edna Falloon, Dr. Coleman and Shige from Japan who used to keep check on the number of posts sent, plus many others. Some of us at that time even made a donation to Jeff to help pay towards the cost of the sight. Those were the days. Anyway good luck to you all and keep enjoying the voice of The Greatest Tenor Ever. Bye from Merrie Olde England.
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Kristine
12-22-2016
05:55 AM ET (US)
I read that tenor Andrea Bocelli withdrew from performing at Trump's Inaugural Ball. As for entertainers who were alcoholic, including Mario Lanza, it's sad. Ted Healy(who was the straight man for The Three Stooges in vaudeville, then early '30's movies)battled alcoholism, that was one of the reasons,the Stooges split from him. We know that John Barrymore,Judy Garland, Robert Young(who also battled depression), Robert Walker, Tuesday Weld, Lee Tracy(movie actor in the 1930's), singer Lillian Roth had alcoholism. Sad. '50's teen idol, Bobby Rydell had organ transplant, a few years ago. He attributed it to alcoholism. He said when he was at parties, everyone offered him drinks, which started it. Movie actress Gail Russell(who was married to Guy Madison)was a known alcoholic. It started when someone gave her a drink, to calm her nerves, before filming a movie scene. Of course, we know about entertainers who had drug addiction. Singer Amy Winehouse passed away from it. Singer Billie Holiday had it, too. Sad. I hope TCM will show a Mario Lanza movie, in the future, when they show old movies ,each month, for movie theater releases. UCLA Film-TV Archives and LACMA(Los Angeles County Museum of Art)shows old movies and I think MOMA(Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.)show old movies in their film series events. Maybe one day, they will have Mario Lanza film retrospects.
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Ed
12-21-2016
08:46 PM ET (US)
Joe, I won't label Mario an alcoholic I have no proof and if I did so what. We never walked in those shoes and so much trash written to take him down I get truly annoyed. As for LOB I have it and enjoy it. I grew up in an alcoholic home and joined the army during Vietnam to get away. I do think he had stagefright so what, could you sing in front of a few thousand people, I can't. We don't know if he'd have a few belts as you say what about Sinatra, Elvis took ludes. Face it we bought that album simply because it was Mario. This is my opinion.
Edited 12-21-2016 08:46 PM
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Joe to All
12-21-2016
05:29 PM ET (US)
While we choose not to dwell on the point, the naked truth is that our beloved Mario was an alcoholic. This is not to knock Mario, after all alcoholism is a disease like any other. I’m sure this affliction was a factor in some of his boorish behavior as well as his early demise. Sometimes it seems that Nature almost offsets gifts of genius by balancing them off with a “bad” gene. I also know Mario, like many other artists, suffered from a touch of “stage fright”. Putting both these things together, I wouldn’t be surprised if he did a little “self-lubrication” before his live appearances. Can any of our Lanza historians here comment on this?

We DO know that Lanza would have a” few belts” before some of his recording sessions. I have always been convinced that his LOB album (even though done in 2 takes) was a prime example of Mario singing while under the influence. The real mystery is why they released this album in that state.
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Ed
12-21-2016
03:31 PM ET (US)
I don't think Zsa had any talent at all, like the Kardashians she was famous for being famous kind of reminded me of Paris Hilton who got where she did because of beauty and charm. If you ask me she was the lucky one, she got a part in a Lanza movie. I favored Eva I loved her on Green Acres, charming and she delivered funny lines. Well I hope Mario is singing to her may she RIP she had a very long life.
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Kristine
12-20-2016
06:59 PM ET (US)
"Time To Remember" is also out on DVD. Ignatius Press, in Colorado, sells it.
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Kristine
12-20-2016
06:58 PM ET (US)
EWTN, the Catholic Cable Channel, founded by late Mother Angelica , showed movie "Time To Remember"(1980's)which was about an opera singer, who idolized Mario Lanza, and it's told ,in flashback. Donald O'Connor played the priest of opera singer, when he was a child. Morgana King(Mama Coreleone in "The Godfather")was in the movie, too. It was on Dec. 20th, but will air again on Dec. 24th -4:00 A.M. Eastern Time and on Dec. 26th at 1:30 A.M. Also, EWTN will air a "The Christophers Christmas Special"with compilations of Snooky Lanson, June Valli, Danny Thomas, Mario Lanza, Rosalind Russell,and The Lennon Sisters. It was on Dec. 20th, but will air again on Dec. 27th, 6:30 P.M.(Eastern Time Zone).
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Bill Ronayne
12-20-2016
02:52 PM ET (US)
Mario Lanza Birthday Remembrance
Saturday January 28, 2017
Noon-3pm

Mario Lanza Museum
712 Montrose St
Philadelphia

Come join fans and family of Mario Lanza for a celebration including coffee, cake, sandwiches and more as we remember his special day. A tour of the museum will be available and Lanza’s recordings will be played. Admission is free. Call 215-238-9691 or email mariolanzainstitute@verizon.net for more information and with any questions. For those that cannot attend and would like to make a donation in honor of Lanza's birthday, please make your checks out to Mario Lanza Institute and mail to the following address:

Mario Lanza Institute
P.O. Box 54624
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Best, Bill
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Suzanne
12-20-2016
10:57 AM ET (US)
Seems I read that she said she adored him and his family. He wasn't her type though, Zsa Zsa preferred "Princes", real or conjured up. She found one, this time. Guess we all know about his escapades. Mario is reported to have said she was the most beautiful woman he'd ever met. Think they hit it off famously.Zsa Zsa had a fabulous wit and I think Mario did as well. Must have been fun working together. Remember the story about her young daughter writing Mario a love letter on the set? btw,Mario is all the Prince I could wish for..
49815
Sam Samuelian
12-20-2016
07:11 AM ET (US)
My small way of honoring Zsa Zsa's life last night was to screen "For the First Time". She plays her role perfectly in the film and is so typical Zsa Zsa. She looks lovely too. The picture and sound on my 78 inch 4K Samsung were tops, so it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The only negative which pops into my mind is hearing her comment in that interview where she downs Mario's looks as ordinary and not attractive. IMHO Lanza was a handsome man and his history with the ladies proves tenfold how "attractive" he was.

I am not sure, but did Zsa Zsa comment on the quality of Mario's voice and did she like it and moreso did she like him as a person? I know they were acting but their screen chemistry leads me to believe they did like each other.
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Kenneth Henderson
12-19-2016
04:09 PM ET (US)
She can't. She was dubbed.
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Kristine
12-19-2016
02:26 PM ET (US)
I didn't know, Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor could sing opera.
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Kristine
12-19-2016
02:07 PM ET (US)
They have showed scenes from Zsa Zsa Gabor's movies,but so far, no scene from "For The First Time". Her film debut was "Moulin Rouge"(about artist Toulouse-Lautrec)starring Jose' Ferrer. Then she was in "Lovely To Look At"(M-G-M musical with Howard Keel,Kathryn Grayson, a re-make of "Roberta"). She was in one Martin &Lewis movie,"Three Ring Circus", and "Queen Of Outer Space"(1958) starring late Eric Fleming("Rawhide"). I heard she wanted to forget this movie. Sadly, Fleming would later die in a drowning accident, while making a movie. George Sanders was one of her husbands, and I read that Mario Lanza could impersonate him.
49811
Suzanne
12-19-2016
10:49 AM ET (US)
Oh, how about Stallone refusing an Arts post from Trump and wanting instead to help the Veterans. Bravo, Stallone. Hope he gets the post.
49810
Suzanne
12-19-2016
10:44 AM ET (US)
A new film, LaLaLand is getting a lot of attention and the word is that musicals may be on the way back. Anyone here think that's a possibility? Wonder how they'd fare in these times of computer generated explosions and science fiction. If anyone who sees movies regularly has any hearing left in a few years, I'd be really surprised. Sam, feel better soon.Seems almost surreal that Zsa Zsa was still with us and Mario's been gone so long.
49809
Kristine
12-19-2016
05:36 AM ET (US)
Sam, get well soon. Zsa Zsa Gabor, RIP. Her daughter, Francesca Hilton passed away, at 67, a few months ago. I wonder why "Because You're Mine" wasn't included in Mario Lanza Birthday Salute,TCM, next month ? I read in comic strip, Ripley's Believe It or Not, that Justin Tucker, a kicker on Baltimore Ravens Team, is a classically trained opera singer.
49808
Fred Day
12-18-2016
09:59 PM ET (US)
Yes, Zsa Zsa was 99, and had been married 9 times!! It was Red Skelton who once said, at her weddings people throw minute rice!! I think he also said that about Liz Taylor and also Mickey Rooney. Rest in Peace, Zsa Zsa. Ciao.
49807
Suzanne
12-18-2016
06:28 PM ET (US)
I would think that Mario was so insecure after being out of the public eye that he was afraid of singing live so made that poor decision.. Let's not be too hard on him. HIs co-star, ZsaZsa has just passed away, thankfully, she was so ill, read that she and Mario were friends. Know she attended his funeral in LA. One of the few who did.
49806
Fred Day
12-18-2016
02:49 PM ET (US)
That is good news. We will all know pretty soon, sometime in January, I would guess. I'll drink to that!! Ciao.
49805
Fred Day
12-18-2016
02:46 PM ET (US)
I agree with Ron, I hope so also. And also the Coke Be My Love. And, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Coke) which is on the old "Magic Mario" LP, but not yet on a BMG/RCA CD. That one should not pose a problem. Ciao.
49804
Derek Mannering
12-18-2016
02:45 PM ET (US)
Yes, Ronald, it did make the cut and it sounds wonderful!

I don't mean to sound reticent about releasing the full track list at the moment. It's not quite finalized yet so bear with me a while longer.
49803
Fred Day
12-18-2016
02:40 PM ET (US)
At least Lanza did redeem himself one month later, when he sang live on the second Chrysler Shower of Stars TV show. The damage from the first show had already been done, but the second show proved that Lanza had not lost his voice, and quieted the critics on that point. And "SERENADE" further proved that "he still had that God-given high C!" as one critic wrote. Ciao.
49802
Ronald Sarbo
12-18-2016
02:30 PM ET (US)
Derek: Did "The Loveliest Night Of The Year" from 1957 make the cut on your forthcoming set? I hope so.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
49801
Fred Day
12-18-2016
01:54 PM ET (US)
Sam: Re: the first Chrysler TV Special, the Be My Love IS the Coke Show recording of June 10, 1951, with no chorus, just Lanza and orchestra. Vesti is the regular RCA record of May 15, 1950, and Marechiare is the regular RCA record of Feb 23, 1951. Ciao.
49800
Derek Mannering
12-18-2016
01:37 PM ET (US)
Sam, that was the Coke Show "Be My Love" on the Shower of Stars. It's a thrilling performance for sure, albeit rough and edgy in parts. You can argue all you want about the quality of that high C ending vs. the RCA version, but the latter remains the classic.

The recordings on that first SOS show were 3-4 years old (1950-51) and you know how I feel about that bit of trickery. The most famous tenor in the world, who hadn't been seen or heard from in public in several years, was paid $40,000 to sing live and he didn't do that. If he was that insecure about appearing on the show, the very least he could have done was record new material and mime to those recordings instead. The subsequent outcry further played into the notion that he was unpredictable and had problems with his voice; an astonishing misstep on Lanza's part back then.
49799
Sam Samuelian
12-18-2016
08:16 AM ET (US)
Ed: You would be surprised how easy it is to fit one of those into a normal sized room. With today technology improvements you can sit only 8 feet away (like we do) and see a perfect picture. Our room is no larger than 10 by 15. On the other hand, our projection area in the lower level home theater section accommodates a picture 8 feet high by 14 feet wide. Very exciting, especially on the new Epson 5040UB video projector which can "throw" an image only five feet wide (smaller than the Samsung 78 inch TV) but can expand beyond 15 feet wide.

Last night we screened a favorite which is always shown at Christmas "Young At Heart" with Day's crystal clear voice and Sinatra's dramatic songs and acting. Then the fun "Stars and Stripes Forever" with a very young Robert Wagner playing the gigantic "Sousaphone". Both are gorgeous blu rays. Ended by screening many of Mario's live performances like the two Chrysler shows, the Christopher Show, the London Palladium show, the quick British reporter interviewing Mario with Betty nearby, etc.

I watched carefully to see that Mario did a near perfect lip synch job in first Chrysler show but he got criticized while Betty Grable and Harry James who did the same were not. Most of his bios say that the recordings were "old". Does anyone know when they were made? Tell you one thing: the Be My Love has a far superior and richer ending High C than the commercial recording and that note is even better than the Coke show version.
49798
Ed to Sam
12-16-2016
07:33 PM ET (US)
Sam, that sounds like a massive system with a 78 inch TV. I can't imagine something that size in my house. Anyway glad you are well and enjoying yourself. Best to Anna and Merry Christmas.
49797
Sam Samuelian
12-16-2016
07:31 AM ET (US)
Paul: Also try this link. It specializes in subtitles. I didn't have time to find specifically Dutch subtitles but you will know if such a disc exists and can be ordered. Amazon, my most used venue for this sort of thing, does not carry it.

http://www.opensubtitles.org/en/search/sub...d-all/idmovie-30980
Edited 12-16-2016 07:31 AM
49796
Sam Samuelian
12-16-2016
07:27 AM ET (US)
With a painful case of bronchitis that just hit me yesterday, I had to stop my hectic pace and relax. I chose to treat myself to a screening of "Serenade" on my 78 inch Samsung 4K TV with Panasonic 4K DVD player. That combination brings the film to life. I wish all of you could see what I am enjoying. But what I wanted to post about is the trailer to the movie. In all these years I had never seen it and am here to tell you this is a very well done piece and unlike some of Mario's trailers the picture and sound are excellent. There is one cut that is particularly brilliant when the editor segues from one Lanza high note to another seamlessly. If you watch it, LMK what you think!
49795
diane cox
12-15-2016
05:18 PM ET (US)
Paul Bax: Try here

http://newsubs.com/nl/ondertitel/The-Great-Caruso-(1951)/23200/
49794
Paul Bax
12-15-2016
03:20 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know where I can buy an English version of the movie "The great Caruso" with subtitles in Dutch?
It would mean a lot to me.
49793
Ed to Dennis
12-15-2016
02:53 PM ET (US)
Dennis, I saw this on my phone and read it but apparently just missed that link and didn't open it because it could be malware. Thanks for the heads I hope all heed. Ed.
49792
Dennis
12-15-2016
02:39 PM ET (US)
Who is this "choice"? He took over and copied another friend's posting, but imbedded a link in it, perhaps in French. I am afraid to press on the link as it might be malware or a phishing expedition. Any thoughts?
49791
Choice
12-15-2016
01:36 PM ET (US)
Happy Birthday Tributes to Damon Lanza, Frank Sinatra ! Happy Birthday to Connie Francis ! She still stays in touch with Mother Dolores Hart, as does Paula Prentiss. They were in "Where The Boys Are"(1960). Connie Francis also sang "Be My Love" in movie "Looking For Love"(1964). I'm not interested in watching Trump's Inaugural Ball. Luciano Pavarotti's widow didn't want "Nessun Dorma" sung at his campaign rallies, either . I just received newest Mario Lanza -Legacy of Mario consultant en referencement. Bill always does a great job in writing it ! I read about the new Mario Lanza CD and documentary in the issue. You know, I was at Wal-Mart, yesterday, and noticed they don't sell any CD's of Mario Lanza. Growing up in the '50's and '60's, I remember department stores, even Woolworth's, record stores, would sell his 45 RPM's and record albums.
49790
Suzanne
12-15-2016
01:19 PM ET (US)
My son stopped for coffee at a MacDonalds yesterday and called to tell me that Mario was singing "O Christmas Tree." It's a favorite of mine. I'm pleased that Rob knew Mario's voice so well. Seems his voice has been absorbed more than I thought.My daughter recognizes it as well.Viva Mario!
49789
Ed
12-15-2016
07:28 AM ET (US)
I received my copy of the latest issue of Bill's newsletter and really enjoyed reading it. It is filled with many good articles about our guy. One of those I enjoyed Derek's article about the tribute in Dublin, Ireland. I am in agreement with Ellis's that it would be nice if one were held here in in the US and perhaps my hometown New York City, it would be wonderful to meet many fans, we can pray.
I enjoyed reading about all the new stuff coming up in 2017_ CDs, DVDs. I enjoyed Bill's continuing feature about the recordings and giving us insight on the recordings in the studio. The dinners, luncheons and such are always a big hit,I've been to several at Patsy's in the past,I urge if you can attend one because Mario is well represented. My thanks to Bill for another great newsletter.
49788
Fred Day
12-14-2016
09:12 PM ET (US)
Thanks, Derek. Will be eagerly awaiting further info. I hope the new 2-CD set will have a bargain price, initially. Always good for sales. Ciao.
49787
Derek Mannering
12-14-2016
06:30 PM ET (US)
Hi Fred, I'm close to signing off on the new collection and you can be sure that I will send Jeff full details at that time. It's actually a 2-CD set and will contain some 'new' tracks, though not nearly as many as I had planned. The well is nearly dry when it comes to unreleased Lanza material lurking in the vaults and compromise is always the rule when working on these collections. Stay tuned.
49786
Fred Day
12-14-2016
04:39 PM ET (US)
Has Derek Mannering announced as yet the contents of his upcoming Lanza CD?? If not yet, I hope it will be soon. Thanks. Ciao.
49785
Fred Day
12-14-2016
04:36 PM ET (US)
Pavarotti's widow does not own the rights to Nessun Dorma, only to her late husband's recordings of it. The Puccini family still owns the rights to Turandot. I presume the Puccini family still owns the rights to all 12 of Puccini's operas. I don't think any of them have become public domain, yet. Ciao.
49784
Ed
12-14-2016
03:46 PM ET (US)
I must have 25 CDs, many from different sources. I use them in the car but recently have gotten into lps, some i had many gifted to me from folks here and they are well guarded and protected. I feel records give you a more wider sound. I have 75 Presley albums I've collected forever in mint shape and again Elvis comes across in a fuller sound.
49783
diane cox
12-14-2016
01:20 PM ET (US)
I've bought some CDs on ebay - used, but in excellent condition.
49782
Bill Ronayne
12-14-2016
12:34 PM ET (US)
Thanks Kristine for your kind words.

Mario's CD's are also available from the Mario Lanza Museum. The link below will take you to most of what's available of the releases that we carry. We also have some slightly used CD's. In some cases, the Lanza Museum is the only place you can get certain CD's that are no longer carried elsewhere.

http://www.mariolanzainstitute.org/store/cds/

Best, Bill
Edited 12-14-2016 12:36 PM
49781
Suzanne
12-14-2016
12:06 PM ET (US)
Fred. What a good thing to hear. For a few minutes, I thought we'd be hearing Rap from Kanye West. Wouldn't have been too surprised. We don't have to worry about Russia either, now that Sara Palin has assured us she'll keep an eye on it for us. Kristine, you'll have a hard time locating any Mario music these days. I found one Christmas CD in the Syracuse Mall some years ago, FYE had a couple at one time, so did B&N until they stopped having CDs. Best place might be the thrift shop or estate sales.
49780
Kristine
12-14-2016
05:58 AM ET (US)
Happy Birthday Tributes to Damon Lanza, Frank Sinatra ! Happy Birthday to Connie Francis ! She still stays in touch with Mother Dolores Hart, as does Paula Prentiss. They were in "Where The Boys Are"(1960). Connie Francis also sang "Be My Love" in movie "Looking For Love"(1964). I'm not interested in watching Trump's Inaugural Ball. Luciano Pavarotti's widow didn't want "Nessun Dorma" sung at his campaign rallies, either . I just received newest Mario Lanza -Legacy of Mario Lanza Newsletter. Bill always does a great job in writing it ! I read about the new Mario Lanza CD and documentary in the issue. You know, I was at Wal-Mart, yesterday, and noticed they don't sell any CD's of Mario Lanza. Growing up in the '50's and '60's, I remember department stores, even Woolworth's, record stores, would sell his 45 RPM's and record albums.
49779
Fred Day
12-13-2016
11:18 PM ET (US)
Martino: Steff is still an important part of Derek McGovern's Lanza website. She posts every once in a while. And she still finds new and interesting Lanza material. Ciao.
49778
Fred Day
12-13-2016
11:14 PM ET (US)
I have heard that Donald Trump has engaged Andrea Bocelli to perform at his inaugural ball on January 20th. At least Trump has good taste in music. Ciao.
49777
Suzanne
12-13-2016
11:56 AM ET (US)
Len, love what you're doing for Christmas. Sam, not in the market for some things you have, though they looked wonderful; now if you have something Mario came in contact with, I might beg,borrow or steal to have it. Have to say i'm glad there wasn't another depiction of Mario's life, since I 'd only be happy with a documentary, showing the real, one and only Mario... Sent my thoughts of dear Damon to another site . Steffi is still active, I'm sure, and where is Vincent Sr.? We seem to have dropped a few along the way. Hope they find their way back.
49776
Sam Samuelian
12-13-2016
08:57 AM ET (US)
Happy Birthday to all three celebrities: My favorite pop vocalist Frank Sinatra, Anna's favorite pop vocalist Connie Francis, and to the gentle giant who spent much of his life promoting his father's life--Damon Lanza.

Ya know, I can't stop watching that new trailer promoting the upcoming Lanza documentary. It is SO enticing!

Incidentally, we can now start signing "The 12 Days of Christmas". Time grows short until the big day. If anyone needs any Christmas gift ideas or gifts themselves, do post to me. I have everything from five boxed big name new flat screen TVs from 50 inch to 65 inch, Life-sized talking and singing Santa Claus and Snowman, Coca Cola brand Slushie Makers, Coke hot dog cookers that do the buns simultaneously, colorful small boom boxes, many portable wi-fi speakers, holiday animals and characters that are animated and sing, 26 inch retro girl's and boy's bicycles in boxes ready to ship, gorgeous lamps hand made and designed by my artist friend using musical instruments like saxophones, clarinets, trumpets, holiday artwork with richly drawn scenes that light up and glow (and a big stream engine too), one of a kind collectibles pieces like a 1956 Econolite "Mountain Waterfall" motion lamp, and so, so much more. My prices are bargains compared to the same or similar items in stores or online.
49775
Martino to Dennis
12-13-2016
06:35 AM ET (US)
No research required on that one as I knew Margison sang the soundtrack for that failed movie venture. Now that you mention it, I remember that German girl Steff, and thanks for the comparison but I am not in her league. When I want to know something I go to my library or just google it but she took research to a higher level, accessing magazine and newspaper archives and public record sources. She was actually more of an investigator than anything else. Wonder what happened to her?
49774
Fred Day
12-13-2016
03:58 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the info. Yes, it was Richard Margison. I don't know if he is still singing, or if he is now retired. Thanks again. Ciao.
49773
Len (UK)
12-13-2016
03:18 AM ET (US)
About 10 years ago there was a documentary on UK satellite TV which was called "The Lanza Sessions" or something similar. It was Richard Margison's recording sessions for the proposed film. He has an impressive voice and gave a good vocal impersonation of Lanza. I believe that it was an Australian millionaire backing the project.
49772
Dennis
12-13-2016
01:55 AM ET (US)
Martino, your research ability is rivaling that of the formidable Steffi from days past.
49771
Martino to Fred
12-12-2016
10:34 PM ET (US)
Canadian tenor Richard Margison. http://emro.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=779
49770
Ed to Fred
12-12-2016
09:23 PM ET (US)
I'm thinking on this, was he the tenor who was liked my Lanza's mom. Was it Jerry Hadley?
49769
Fred Day
12-12-2016
09:01 PM ET (US)
Can someone refresh my memory on this tenor: He sang at the Met in the 1990's, and once sang a broadcast of Calaf in Turandot. He was either American or Canadian. He was slated to play Lanza in a bio film, made by a Mr. Harrison, but the project fell thru, and Harrison absconded with the money raised by investors, leaving them in the lurch. I can't remember that tenor's name - can someone recall his name?? Thanks. Ciao.
49768
Fred Day
12-12-2016
08:50 PM ET (US)
Today is the birthday of Damon Lanza, Frank Sinatra, and Connie Francis. Connie is still with us. Happy Birthday to all 3. Never to be forgotten. I never met Damon, but spoke to him on the phone 3 or 4 times. He was always very friendly, warm, and cordial - a great guy!! He is with his family in Heaven above. Merry Christmas to all. Ciao.
49767
diane cox
12-12-2016
06:08 PM ET (US)
Len, glad you were able to get the music. I'm sure you'll do fine.
49766
Ed
12-12-2016
05:45 PM ET (US)
Happy Birthday to Damon Lanza today he and I were friends only a short while, may he Rest In Peace.

Fred, Damon once told me he remembered his dad singing it to him at bedtime.
49765
Len (UK)
12-12-2016
05:10 PM ET (US)
I first posted on this forum about 30 months ago looking for the sheet music to Harpo Marx’s ‘Guardian Angels’. The forum pointed me at a US Ebay item and USD$50 later I had an original copy in good condition. Rather expensive but no other copy seems to exist.

I wanted it as a solo piece for our village Choir's Christmas concert. In the event I was instead asked to do ‘Do you hear the people sing?’ from Les Miserable; two verses then full choir. Then last year an elderly bass in our choir wanted to do a solo, so I deferred to him. Instead I wrote a comic duologue about an Egyptian border guard unable to believe an Israeli carpenter that arrived with his wife, child and expensive commodities like gold, frankincense and myrrh!

It finally looks like I may get to sing it this year. Our musical director has lowered it a fourth into G minor so that my bass-baritone voice might cope. I intend to introduce it by telling the audience of the time in the early 1980s when I met Damon Lanza in Birmingham and according to his surviving sister (during a BBC radio interview), when at home, Mario sang it as a lullaby to the children.

Fellow choristers hearing me rehearsing have asked where I found the song. I tried to explain but some have not heard of Mario or Harpo!

I am terrified to messing-up, but it is good to find new challenges!
Edited 12-12-2016 05:14 PM
49764
Ed to Joe
12-12-2016
10:49 AM ET (US)
Joe, I went back to earlier posts between us and can't really tell. I don't know anything about them, maybe David can check them out or just kill them. Best Ed
49763
Joe to Ed
12-12-2016
10:12 AM ET (US)
Ed!, what is with the messages numbered 49760 and 49761? I don't believe they have anything to do with you or I. Strange, can you figure that out?
49762
Kristine
12-11-2016
06:14 PM ET (US)
Derek, great documentary !
49761
12-11-2016
06:01 PM ET (US)
IS THAT WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU ?

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: QT - Joe
Sent: Friday, December 2, 2016 12:15 PM
To: QT topic subscribers
Subject: Mario Lanza
49760
12-11-2016
05:57 PM ET (US)
Mario lanza site ?

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: QT - Ed to Joe
Sent: Saturday, December 3, 2016 9:04 PM
To: QT topic subscribers
Subject: Mario Lanza
49759
Kenneth Henderson
12-11-2016
04:16 PM ET (US)
Thanks got it down.

Watching it now.

Ken
49758
Bill Ronayne
12-11-2016
04:02 PM ET (US)
The teaser for the new documentary looks great Derek!
49757
Bill Ronayne
12-11-2016
04:01 PM ET (US)

The January 2017 "Legacy of Mario Lanza" newsletter has just been published and is being mailed out. It features coverage of the 2016 ML Ball weekend, the recent MLSNY Christmas luncheon, a guest article by Derek Mannering entitled "Lanza News from Around the World" and the regular features as well as many photos of Mario. Best, Bill
Edited 12-11-2016 04:02 PM
49756
Gail Swartz
12-11-2016
02:47 PM ET (US)
This is great for Lanza lovers....where can I get it? Had just been wondering if his Christmas cds could be remastered. Singing four times this week and an invitation to play carols in church next Sunday.
49755
diane cox
12-11-2016
10:55 AM ET (US)
Wonderful, Derek.
49754
Derek Mannering
12-11-2016
10:09 AM ET (US)
Here is a link to the trailer for the new Lanza documentary:

https://vimeo.com/194505145

It's beautifully done and I'm sure everyone will agree that the Palladium clips have never looked or sounded better! That chap with the scarf at the 2:24 point is Sean Costello, a very talented tenor who brought the house down at the recent Lanza tribute concert in Dublin with his stunning performance of "Without A Song."
49753
diane cox
12-09-2016
02:15 PM ET (US)
I saw him in one production this past Spring - he got a very big ovation. The article I read said he has balance problems which affect him on stage. He will still do some concerts and continue to receive treatment.
49752
Suzanne
12-09-2016
01:05 PM ET (US)
Diane, I had posted about Dmitri some time ago. Wondered about his health, sorry to hear he hasn't overcome his illness. Very impressed with his voice.
49751
diane cox
12-08-2016
04:58 PM ET (US)
Dimitri Hvorostovsky announced his withdrawal from staged opera today, because of a brain tumor. This has been reoccurring the last couple years.
49750
Suzanne
12-08-2016
01:39 PM ET (US)
Glad to hear the news about Frank. Hope he's still singing. Gail, Happy Singing. If I had the extra $500, know what I would do! Hope you're all getting into the "Spirit".
49749
Sam Samuelian
12-08-2016
10:10 AM ET (US)
Dennis: Frank just posted on Lanza Legend. Here is what he wrote:

December 7th 2016
01:21:02 PM
What is your name?Frank Tenaglia
Where are you from?Philly
Any comments?I just want to say thank you for all your concern happy holidays to all everything is going very well I'm in good health I hope everyone here is to my website is being reconstructed feel free to look me up on Facebook I love you all my good friend
49748
Ed
12-08-2016
07:36 AM ET (US)
I saw many folks wondering about our good buddy Frank T. He and I are Facebook friends. I messaged him as to all concerned for him and a quick reply. Lanza fans are the best and carry on the concerns to all.
49747
Dennis
12-08-2016
02:15 AM ET (US)
Fred, thanks for the info. I have been wondering about Frank for a long time and asked about him on this forum about a year ago with no response. I wonder if he is still singing? Every so often, I go on YouTube and listen to his many postings. From his Facebook page, it looks like he has been to Italy, maybe sang as recently as 3 years ago (not sure when his Italian Fests were, but maybe this year), has pictures of his wife that I had not seen before, still adores Padre Pio, and still is dangerously heavy. Would love to have him post here and bring us up to date. I would also like to find some new YouTube videos from him. I wasn't able to access his webpage as it was under construction. Hopefully it will be up and running soon.
49746
Fred Day
12-07-2016
05:31 PM ET (US)
Frank Tenaglia just posted on Lanzalegend after a long absence. He is doing fine and in good health. He can be reached on Facebook. It is nice to hear from him again. Ciao.
49745
Kristine
12-07-2016
04:26 PM ET (US)
I agree with Phil, UK.
49744
Fred Day
12-07-2016
03:20 PM ET (US)
I just got the newest CD by tenor Jonas Kaufmann, entitled "Dolce Vita", which is 18 Italian and Neapolitan songs, very nicely sung. Altho he is German, his Italian diction is excellent. I understand he speaks Italian fluently. A most enjoyable CD. Ciao.
49743
phil uk
12-07-2016
09:37 AM ET (US)
Ed/Suzanne thanks for your support re my last message on forum manners etc.All this nastiness demeans Mario Lanza & this site & if others cannot act in a decent way then i suggest that they vacate this wonderful site as soon as possible & annoy someone else.Good manners cost nothing!
49742
Gail Swartz
12-06-2016
06:48 PM ET (US)
Listened to Mario's Christmas cd yesterday.....still get goosebumps...wish that it was remastered like the last ones have been. Found Mario on Pinterest...some of Mario's songs and videos are there, along with some new photos(at least to me) ...one was offered as a signed one for $500! Visited in the Gatlinberg area last week...Keep those folks in your prayers. Singing at three venues this week!
49741
Suzanne
12-06-2016
11:15 AM ET (US)
Ed and Phil, how right you are. Hope the "Rense Frenzy" is over for a while at least. Even if one is a non-believer, it is the season of good will. Remember how much Mario loved Christmas!
49740
Ed to Phil
12-06-2016
09:38 AM ET (US)
Phil, I am with you, I thought we were here to promote the greatest tenor in the world not all this verbal venom. This politcal grandstanding is good for Facebook and shouldn't be here, this has nothing to do with Mario, that is how I feel and I know I'm not alone, you see none of this on LanzaLegend and sadly it may shut down, then where do we go? Please gents give it a rest ok?
49739
Phil uk
12-06-2016
08:04 AM ET (US)
"Linz to marxist Mannering" begun the message,oh boy & i thought that this site was for the continued legacy of the worlds greatest tenor!Whats up with you guys,again i ask why the verbal venom in our midst,its not on.Disagree by all means but PLEASE STOP the nasty,silly & not to Mario's memory attacks.
49738
Linz
12-06-2016
03:26 AM ET (US)
Alas, the preservation of Mario Lanza's legacy depends on much more than banal gossip-level tawdry tidbits about who dated whom. It depends on his talent—at least, in a world that embraces talent, as opposed to the postmodernists' anti-talent Adam Lanza universe—being recognised in a universe dominated by philosophical Wevils. It's touch-and-go. The anti-Trump hysteria is an encouraging sign that the good guys are winning.
Edited 12-06-2016 03:54 AM
49737
Fred Day
12-05-2016
03:18 AM ET (US)
Renato Rascel also co-starred with Christopher Lee in the film: "Uncle Was A Vampire", a comedy. I saw it years ago. Ciao.
49736
Kristine
12-04-2016
06:14 PM ET (US)
I agree, there should be no political comments, here, especially, when it's nasty, insulting , and vicious ! In former movie actor turned movie studio mogul, Bob Evans's autobiography "The Kid Stays In The Picture", he wrote that he asked Marisa Allasio, for a date, but she didn't keep it. He was married to Ali MacGraw, and I think he mentioned Marisa had made a movie with Mario Lanza. He dated Kathryn Grayson, too.
49735
Kristine
12-04-2016
06:05 PM ET (US)
Sam, Renato Rascel appeared in the movie "The Secret of Santa Vittoria"(1969)with Anthony Quinn, Virna Lisi, Anna Magnani, and Sergio Franchi. That was the only movie , Sergio would ever make. I read the novel and saw the movie. It was about the Italians keeping Cinzano Wine away from the Nazi German soldiers. I think late fitness-body builder Jack LaLanne would sing "May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You". Meredith Wilson also wrote the songs for "The Music Man" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and he lived in Pacific Palisades, Calif. I wonder how Mario Lanza would have sounded singing Gospel Music ? I am trying to imagine his singing of "How Great Thou Art", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "Give Me That Old Time Religion", "Take My Hand, Precious Lord", "His Hand In Mine", "Crying In The Chapel", "Go Tell It On The Mountain"(Gordon MacRae sang this). Referring back to Peggie Castle, yes, I read she died from a liver ailment. She was on the t.v. western series "The Lawman" with John Russell and Peter Brown, in the late '50's. I wonder what happened to the teen-agers, who were dancing rock'n'roll, in the impersonation sequence in "Seven Hills of Rome" ? I read that originally, the script had to be reduced and it was too long, that Mario wanted David Niven in the movie, and Pier Angeli was considered for the movie, too.
49734
Ed to Fres
12-04-2016
04:18 PM ET (US)
Fred, As far as I can tell he never recorded that song and I searched all my Elvis gospel and come up empty. However he knew virtually every gospel song, my guess is that he may have done it after the last show for the night in Vegas. Everyone was invited up to his suite and they'd stand around a piano and sing gospel until daybreak.
49733
Fred Day
12-04-2016
02:43 PM ET (US)
Ed: Did Elvis ever sing "May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You"?? I do not recall. Ciao.
49732
Stephen of Las Vegas
12-04-2016
02:39 PM ET (US)
I suppose these are not the trailer you want since they have no scenes from the movie!
49731
Stephen of Las Vegas
12-04-2016
02:33 PM ET (US)
Sam...these 2 uploads of the trailer are on Youtube, the second from Warner Bros:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwhEc75Ktq0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGVMYvq5r98
49730
Fred Day
12-04-2016
02:30 PM ET (US)
Sam: That radio show, Meredith Wilson's Music Room, featured Lanza as a DJ, playing his "new" Christmas album, pictured below. He talks with Wilson. At the end, Wilson, his announcer, and Lanza sing a capella the new Wilson song, "May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You". Lanza sings only one short phrase, softly in a low key. Makes one wish he had sung the entire song, or recorded it, but sadly he never did. Jan Peerce recorded it for RCA, and Bing Crosby for Decca. Perry Como also recorded it several years later. Ciao.
49729
Fred Day
12-04-2016
02:21 PM ET (US)
Kristine: Gloria Gari is the widow of the fine tenor Giulio Gari, who sang at the Met in the 1950's. He died in 1994, age 84. You can read more about him on Wikipedia, and hear numerous selections by him, on Youtube. Ciao.
49728
Ed to Bill
12-04-2016
10:56 AM ET (US)

Bill, I was given a copy of this LP from a good friend here who helped me get back many of my LPs, played it yesterday.
49727
Bill Ronayne
12-04-2016
10:16 AM ET (US)
Turner Classic Movies is finally airing Mario's films again. We have to wait until his birthday on January 31st but all of his films with the exception of Because Your'e Mine are featured in a day long birthday salute starting at 6:15am ET and ending at 8pm ET. They are not being shown chronologically and the order is as follows: TONO, FTFT, Serenade, 7 Hills, Student Prince, Great Caruso and That Midnight Kiss. Best, Bill
49726
Joe to Ed
12-04-2016
10:15 AM ET (US)
Apology accepted.I think you and the rest of the world will be pleasantly surprised as to how well President Trump will do in office. Irrespective of how we voted,he NOW needs all our support and prayers to turn things around. Being a fellow Irishman(born on St. Patrick's Day no less!)from the very Irish city of Boston.....I know all about Irish tempers...lol. Thanks for your good wishes, Joseph Patrick Fagan.
49725
Bill Ronayne
12-04-2016
10:10 AM ET (US)

Kristine: Thanks. I don't know if she's related to them.

Sam: Yes she's much better. It maybe on YouTube. Basically, Mario appears as a guest with host Meredith Willson and they play selections from the RCA album Mario Lanza Sings Christmas Songs (pictured) which incidentally was released 65 years ago. The show originally aired on December 5, 1951. 65 years ago tomorrow.

Best, Bill
49724
Ed to Joe
12-04-2016
08:55 AM ET (US)
Joe, after checking back on my post I found you are correct and for this I apologize. I guess my passion for our country comes out and it is difficult for me to hold back an extreme display of Irish temper so please if you will accept my apology. As a veteran we must have a leader that helps veterans and not one who simply wants a job. Trump to me is radical and I don't trust him that is all I will say. The next four years or sooner will tell, either way we lost.
Have a Merry Christmas.
49723
Sam Samuelian
12-04-2016
08:50 AM ET (US)
I am being punished for changing the words to "My Way" for fun at some of the night spots I sing. Sometimes I change the line "I did it My Way" to "I did it SIDEWAYS". Not an original line, but rather one made up by my favorite accompanist Joe Staffieri. Thus another sideways photo, sorry.

This post comes with a question. I recently enjoyed The Great Caruso using my fabulous new 4K quality Epson 5040 UB ("ultra black) video projector. The film lost the brown quality it always had and became quite vivid with sparkling color on my big screen. It even sounded better, but surely that is my imagination. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has seen the original theatrical trailer to TGC? All that is on the DVD is the seventies trailer that was made to promote the 70MM showing of the movie. It has no scenes from the film, starts with Enrico's voice that morphs into Mario's voice and has merelyy red lettering describing the movie. Anyone?
49722
Sam Samuelian
12-04-2016
08:39 AM ET (US)

Linz: Your recent posts are quite stimulating as well as amusing. I cannot criticize any man who has so much passion (Solo Passion?!). And you have aroused some of our other regulars like Derek. He too is a man of passion and intelligence. Heck, most of us are passionate types since we have chosen the Numero Uno of Singing Passion to stimulate us throughout our lives. As for me, I am deep into the Christmas Spirit and therefore my mind is not on politics. I'll wait until after the New Year and the swearing in ceremony to refocus.

Bill R: That was a very fine photo you posted. I was especially happy to see Elaine looking well considering her recent illness. I am not sure I ever heard that radio show you mentioned. How can I hear it?j

SHOR: After a very long day of doing an Arts and Crafts Show where I took musical instrument lamps (I had a saxophone, a clarinet, and a trumpet that are wonderful), many plush singing and dancing holiday animals and people, a new Seiko animated clock, a life sized singing and talking Santa Claus, etc, I came home exhausted and with my feet throbbing from the walking required back and forth to set up, stand up for hours, and then walk around enjoying the other 124 vendors. So, no going out to sing last night. But I treated myself to Mario Lanza in his next to last film. I had never played the DVD on my 78 inch curved Samsung 4K TV and was thrilled at how vibrant the images were. Gorgeous color throughout that enhanced the fine photography and sights of Rome. And the voluptuous figure of Marisa Allasio. I have the next to the top level curved sound bar for the audio. Mario's singing is consistently excellent with the only negative being the "boxy" sound which I hope someday will be improved with a new release. (Listen to the track of the much earlier Meet Me In St. Louis and you'll see what can be done with boxy sound).

Incidentally, I looked into the principals of the cast on IMDB and most are dead! I was sad to learn that sultry Peggie Castle died very young at 43 due to alcoholism and a badly damaged liver. Likable Renato Rascel died at 73 and no cause was listed. Considering his popularity, especially in Italy, I would like to know more about his career. I had forgotten, but was reminded by the credits, that he penned "Arrivederci Roma". Luisa DiMeo is still living and I thought she was going to write a book but perhaps I am confusing her with FTFT's Johanna Von Koczian. In any event, I was relieved to learn that voluptuous Marisa Allasio is alive and now 80 years old. I would like to try contacting her. She must have unique remembrances of Mario after starring with him in the movie. She didn't make too many films and married and had two children. Again, there is very little about her on Internet Movie Database.

Finally (for this post at least), I am going to try posting a photo of yours truly. I have taken to dressing up each day for the past few weeks in rather outrageous (and usually very uncomfortable) garb from the shoes on up. It makes me feel good, it makes others feel good from the overwhelming positive response I have received, and it heightens my awareness.
49721
Linz to Marxist Mannering
12-04-2016
12:33 AM ET (US)
Your current president and her anointed successor, who lost (boo-hoo—get over it) are filth, with your and Wevil's blessing. You and they seek the "fundamental transformation of America"—Obamarx's words—from capitalist to socialist, from freedom to slavery, from inalienable individual rights to subjugation to the collective. You've been thwarted, five seconds before midnight. Why not go live in a slave-state like Cuba—you could simply stay on after attending Castro's funeral—or North Korea and be happy? How this relates to Mario? "I am an individualist." "The best of everything in life always." Statism is the worst of everything in life always. As the Founding Fathers knew.

Keep pressing for my being banned, Comrade. No doubt you'll succeed eventually.

The magnificent Paul Joseph Watson seems to have left you out, Mr. Marxist. Perhaps you should sue him for hurt feelings?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXpi3F0E5ro
Edited 12-04-2016 01:36 AM
49720
Joe to Ed
12-03-2016
11:11 PM ET (US)
Ed, I made no statements about the abilities of Palin or Trump….I simply pointed out that you were making political judgments (after claiming you did not bring politics into the forum)…and then, you doubled down on the same statements a second time. Let’s try to keep the forum free from political opinions. BTW, I also am a Veteran.
49719
Kristine
12-03-2016
10:37 PM ET (US)
Bill, great photo. Is Gloria Gari related to Brian Gari and Amanda Gari, who are grandcildren of Eddie Cantor ? Does anyone know what songs will be on new Mario Lanza CD, next year ?
49718
Bill Ronayne
12-03-2016
09:34 PM ET (US)

Today's Mario Lanza Society of NY Christmas luncheon was another fine event. Elaine Malbin was the special guest and performers soprano Justyna Giermola, tenor Jose Heredia and accompanist David Maiullo presented a wonderful program of opera and holiday favorites. We listened to The Music Room radio program from Dec of 1951 featuring guest Mario Lanza promoting his Christmas album as well as other carols with him. Also on the program were selections with Ms. Malbin, Giulio Gari and Enrico Caruso. Among the many attendees were Comm. Aldo Mancusi of the Caruso Museum, Jane Shaulis and Janet Stovin from Opera Index, Gloria Gari from the Gari Foundation and Barbara Testa from the Gerda Lissner Foundation. The event also commemorated the club's 17th anniversary. Pictured are L-R: Jose Heredia, Justyna Giermola, David Maiullo, Elaine Malbin, Aldo Mancusi, Gloria Gari and Jane Shaulis. Best, Bill
Edited 12-03-2016 09:34 PM
49717
Ed to Joe
12-03-2016
09:04 PM ET (US)
Joe, I said I try not always. Palin is a ditz plain and simple. I cannot believe she would ever be considered a cabinet head let alone for Veterans Affairs. I worked for that department for almost forty years coming in after serving my country for three years at the height of the Viet Nam war. I've worked side by side with administrators both in benefits and DMS at conferences examining new procedures and policies regulated by headquarters in DC. Obviously neither you nor Trump are aware of what ability you need to run that agency. You need a broad knowledge of medical and psychological understanding as well as management skills, hospital planning under budget restraints,and trust from more than 3000 employees and most of all the veteran. So if you want me to be consistent I will be, Palin is a ditz and has no place in that job.
49716
Joe to Ed
12-03-2016
06:42 PM ET (US)
Yet, you very recently made some uncharitable comments about Sarah Palin!. So be consistent Ed.
49715
Ed to Derek
12-03-2016
06:28 PM ET (US)
I try to keep my beliefs on politics and private as I can. I voice my opinion at the polls and win or lose I cast my vote. Why some choose to use this site to voice political views I don't know how they tie in to Mario but I'll never challlenge, I was taught if you don't have anything good to say about someone, shut your mouth.
49714
Derek Mannering
12-03-2016
01:11 PM ET (US)
This is an open forum and freedom of expression is to be encouraged. That said, I'd like to think that most people contributing here will agree that sophomoric insults directed at our fine site moderator David Weaver ("Wevil") and good friend and long-time Lanza promoter Jim Thompson ("Tomsin") should have no place on this discussion board. Even more disgusting are the slurs directed at our current president ("evil" and "filth") and former first lady ("Hillary for Prison!"). The fact that all of that ugly ranting is somehow linked to praise for Mario Lanza beggars belief!
49713
Linz
12-03-2016
03:39 AM ET (US)
Joe—thanks for your support. And I agree with you: this site shouldn't be political, as I've stated many times. But note, Mr. Tomsin made it political in his attention-seeking flounce (the most recent of many). I was not going to let that go, any more than I was going to let Mr. Wevil's socialist pomowankery go. The "liberals"—the most illiberal people ever—can't cope with disagreement, and they can't cope with defeat. They have to have canine massage and hot cocoa and the like. Pathetic. Worse than pathetic: evil. Brother Ed: I'm glad you acknowledge the next four years will be an "uphill" trip. Please read my Adam vs Mario Lanza chapter and report back to me that you get it. This is an epic battle between Christ and Satan—except I believe in neither. It is the battle for Western Civilisation, of which Mario is a stellar embodiment.
Edited 12-03-2016 03:41 AM
49712
Ed
12-02-2016
03:03 PM ET (US)
Joe, I simply watch the movie and enjoy the singing.
49711
Joe
12-02-2016
12:15 PM ET (US)
Stupid, minor little points in Mario’s movies which bother me: Now I am the first to admit that these points are of little consequence yet they stick in my craw every time I see them. I wonder if anyone else ever notices or does anyone else have a secret ‘do-over” scene? If nothing else, maybe this will prompt new items for discussion.

• The scene about the military parade in BYM. Couldn’t they afford to hire some REAL military planes (vs Piper Cubs) to fly over the parade grounds? The three wobbling planes they did use look so stupid and out of place.

• I believe the Shubert Ave Maria done in Serenade is the greatest recording of this sacred song ever done by a tenor…..no contest. Simply gorgeous. However, Mario was the fattest of any scene in his film career! His face was bloated and his head was like a water melon. What a great shame they didn’t try to use a slimmer Mario for that scene(he WAS thinner in other parts of the movie).
Edited 12-02-2016 12:19 PM
49710
diane cox
12-02-2016
11:44 AM ET (US)
Not to be political, but I will say that history will reveal the facts.
49709
Joe
12-02-2016
11:21 AM ET (US)
I have my computer set up so that I FIRST see postings as emails(which I check 2x a day). Thus I am an everyday reader. I should post more frequently and I will begin that again, soon. Also, I am set up to go directly to the Lanza link so I do not see the other Rense material. Like Linz, I do not object to it however. Jeff IS a creative and guy and I get a kick out some of his stuff. I also believe that the forum should not wander into anything political. All I will say about current affairs in the USA is that I am very relieved and happy!!
49708
Ed
12-02-2016
07:24 AM ET (US)
I check in perhaps three times a day and have for many years, this forum is part of my day, a daily ritual. I look forward to read the latest posts and I read everything. I have Jeff's three CDs and play them all time. I thank Jeff for his forum that keeps Mario alive and I appreciate the opportunity to post here.
 I do not agree with everything posted but if we all agreed on everything that would make no sense.

Brother Linz, I can't add much to your post but I will say this, I'm looking forward to the next four years and an uphill ride.
49707
Linz
12-02-2016
03:09 AM ET (US)
Extraordinary, the capacity of the "greys" to change the subject when there's a danger of "black and white"—let's talk about technology lest we get sidetracked into good vs evil.

America has taken a major turn for the good. That's the same good embodied in Mario's "the best of everything." Decency and excellence. It's back, in spite of the "greys" and the "blacks." America was on the brink of being permanently engulfed in the swamp of filth embodied by Obama and Hillary. In the nick of time, decent citizens with a knowledge of America's founding principles rose up and said, "No! Drain the swamp!" I'm an atheist, but I say, with every fibre of my being, "Thank God!!" For elaboration, go to solopassion.com and read my op-ed, "Hahahahaha! The Revenge of Les Deplorables." Or read my chapter on Adam vs Mario Lanza in my book. I'm a deplorable, proudly.

Hillary for Prison!
Edited 12-02-2016 03:20 AM
49706
diane cox
12-01-2016
10:54 PM ET (US)
Obviously I read more than once a day, when there are postings.
49705
Martino to Dennis
12-01-2016
09:39 PM ET (US)
Yes, when I leave town I seldom browse the internet (it is amazing you remember that!). But when I am home I am often doing something on the web (after golf and chores of course!). I have all sorts of devices scattered throughout the house so no matter where I am and should a thought enter my mind, I simply hit a button and it is this page that opens up first - the Rense forum is my home page on all my devices so I can not open any page without seeing this one first.

I have two main frame PCs in my home office, a chromebook in the home theater, a lap top in the main bedroom and a tablet in the kitchen. Some are wifi and I take them to the patio, garage, different areas like that and some are ethernet hard wired but whatever, all are connected to the household LAN and all of them open up to this page instantly (much to the chagrin of my Judi, who would love to have Soap Opera Digest as the network's home page)! Because of the ease of internet access I have built around my home, I would venture to say that when I am in the house, I probably check in here ten times a day or more! I may not stay very long but I always read what is here, most of it anyway.
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Dennis
12-01-2016
08:22 PM ET (US)
Gail and diane's post got me to thinking about a quick survey. I know that Martino has said he often goes on long vacations and doesn't read this forum during those times, but when one is at home, how often do you link to this forum and read it? Gail and diane visit it daily; so do I—often more than once a day. How about the rest of you? Any other daily readers (we have no daily posters)? Any once a week or so readers? Any that just visit here when the muse strikes you?

As to Linz's typical black and white thinking, I am in the grey category as I stated earlier this week—I am aware of some of Jeff's beliefs which I don't share, but I have not read them for years. Jeff rarely posts here, and usually as a management response, so I am happy to get my fill of Lanza talk, some opera discussion, and even enjoy personal anecdotes such as those from Sam and others. But as Ronald notes, we are guests in Jeff's "home." He organizes, pays for, and keeps this site functioning. We are guests. For that I say, "thank you Jeff."
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Joe
12-01-2016
06:26 PM ET (US)
Once again, Linz hits the "nail on the head". Good analysis my friend!
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Gail Swartz
12-01-2016
03:33 PM ET (US)
Thanks, Diane.I,too, visit this site daily. Always looking for info about Mario and enjoying what all of the posters have to relate...offering insight on various aspects of our favorite tenor.Keep us posted, all of you!
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diane cox
12-01-2016
03:26 PM ET (US)
This is one of two boards I read daily, and the only Lanza one. I value the information, the discussion and the members.
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Teal
12-01-2016
02:50 PM ET (US)
As a nonposting frequent reader of this wonderful message board AND Jeff Rense's news commentary, I would like to thank Jeff for presenting so much challenging content to his readers. I appreciate being reminded that my all of assumptions might not be grounded in reality and that my comfort zone can benefit by some probing. And although I mostly choose not to post here, please know my appreciation for all you who do, as you help to keep the art of Mario Lanza fresh to the world. You are smart and compassionate people. Thank you.
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Ronald Sarbo
12-01-2016
10:44 AM ET (US)
Jeff is our host. We are guests in his "home". We should behave as such. Mr. Thompson could have just said he no longer wished to post on this site. Mr. Thompson did not have to insult his host. He owes Jeff an apology.
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Martino
12-01-2016
09:33 AM ET (US)
Every year I re-post a post I made a long time ago, honoring Paolo Tosti, his contributions to Italian song and the way Mario Lanza sang those songs. I won't bother repeating it for the tenth time again as I'm sure everyone is tired of it by now.

However, I do want to mention that tomorrow will be the 100th anniversary of Tosti's death and he should be remembered (and I will quote a part of my original post): "Thanks to Neapolitan music (and Tosti's contributions in particular), the great voices of the world have given generation after generation a reprieve from the usually heavy hand of opera and opened our hearts with some of the most beautiful lyrics and music ever written".
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Ed
12-01-2016
08:32 AM ET (US)
I left here a few times but only as a matter of disagreement on music choices nothing political. The recent media dribble is circling Palin for VA head, this to me is a very poor choice due to her silliness that she comes off with. VA heads must have some medical knowledge and be able to understand the laws that govern that department, IMO she hasn't a clue. VA doesn't need satire on SNL it needs a leader.
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Kristine
12-01-2016
06:08 AM ET (US)
I don't post political comments, here, since Linz said some, I will say this: I left the GOP, will become Independent. All I can say is after seeing the transition so far, I would like to quote Bette Davis, from movie, "All About Eve". "Fasten your seatbelts. We are in for a bumpy ride". As for "draining the swamp", I see a number of Wall Street people being considered for the incoming administration, which was the criticism of Hillary Clinton's speeches. The kettle criticizing the pot ! I do apologize for not following this website's rules. It doesn't sound like I would agree with Jeff Rense and I certainly don't agree with talk radio Alex Jones. Pavarotti's widow told Trump to stop using "Nessun Dorma", on the campaign trail, too.
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Linz
12-01-2016
03:52 AM ET (US)
I think those of you now turning on your host, Jeff Rense, ought to self-examine. Does he make it a prerequisite for your posting here that you agree with his world view? No. Do you make it a prerequisite for your posting here that he agrees with yours? In one case, that of Mr Thompson, apparently, yes. In other cases, it's a matter of, "I'll post here but I'll hold my nose while doing so because of the host's political views." In that case, you shouldn't post at all—it's an abuse of your host's hospitality to imply such a thing while lacking the courage to say it openly.

A while ago, after a similar sort of flare-up here, it was agreed that anyone who posted would keep his or her views on politics strictly out of his or her postings. The Obama side failed to uphold their side of the deal. Now, they are very sore that their 8-year nightmare of evil has come to an end, and Crooked Hillary didn't make it. Like all lefties, they are infantile, and unable to cope when things don't go their way. They require counselling and play-dough and hot chocolate. They'll riot and burn the American flag. They'll even flounce from Mario Lanza forums. Pathetic. And vile.

For the record, I don't agree with much of Jeff's world view—the conspiracies, alien abductions and the like. I've said so, explicitly, privately and publicly. But in a fundamental sense he's right. There is a conspiracy of evil going on—socialist, postmodern and neo-Marxist in nature—and philosophical aliens have tried to hijack the cornerstone institutions of Western Civilisation, including the prevalence of the Romantic school of music of which Mario is a supreme and sublime embodiment. I've just spent several weeks presenting a road show and promoting my book based on that very fact. "The best of everything" indeed.

All of that aside, Jeff has created the most enduring Lanza discussion forum there is—my friend McGovern gave up (I don't blame him), and Marlene's has become a joke—and Jeff's personal world view should not matter among those who avail themselves of this forum. If it does, they should start their own. Good luck with that.
Edited 12-01-2016 04:05 AM
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Suzanne
11-30-2016
10:50 AM ET (US)
btw, my son has pre ordered the documentary for me, to be played on his DVD player. Apparently can't be watched on the one I now have. He's "tuned in" to my love for Mario. Now just have to wait and wait ....
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Suzanne
11-30-2016
10:29 AM ET (US)
Jim, don't want to see you leave. Probably all of us have seen the site and many don't agree with it, but interacting with everyone here who cares for Mario so much makes it worth it. Please don't go away. We need you. Mario needs you. If you decide to come back, we'll all understand. Saw the Il Volo , my favorite, Ignazio, has made himself into the villain landlord in an old silent film. With his expressive face, it was amusing. Love those boys, but wish they'd lose the moustaches and mention Mario now and then. They did sing some of "his" music this time and that helped..
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Phil uk
11-30-2016
10:28 AM ET (US)
To Derek Mannering.Thanks again for another Sony Lanza release & for your great input into the Lanza legacy.I totally agree with your comments on the idea of swapping sopranos,its tosh!lets be satisfied with what we have ok.Just listened to the home Improviso again WOW,WOW,WOW.
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Ed to Derek
11-30-2016
07:20 AM ET (US)
Thank you for allowing us to see that short preview of the up and coming special. I think we here all would've agreed how wonderful it was after hearing Mario sing to the beautiful displays of Christmas. I've played it three times and sent it to good friends, some that know my love for Mario and some oddly never heard, my hope is they may change once they hear.
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diane cox
11-29-2016
11:55 PM ET (US)
Fred, as you know I've followed the career of Il Volo for about 7 years. I've seen them name Mario Lanza as a tenor they greatly admire. Also thought the concert wonderful and the CD is already a favorite.
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Fred Day
11-29-2016
11:27 PM ET (US)
I think Jim will return soon - just give him a little time to think it over. I also just saw the new Il Volo concert, with Domingo, on PBS-TV. Wonderful!! These 3 young men have matured and grown artistically. The concert is a tribute to the Three Tenors. Domingo conducts several of the selections and also sings with Il Volo on one song - Non Ti Scordar Di Me. The 3 boys (young men) have deep respect for Placido, and always call him Maestro. The concert was given in Florence Italy, on July 1st of this year, 2016. That is 26 years after the first Three Tenors concert. The 3 Il Volo boys were not yet born in 1990. The PBS airing was only partial. The entire concert (22 tracks) is available on CD and DVD. The DVD also contains 3 selections by the orchestra. I have the CD. Most enjoyable. I feel pretty sure that they have seen and heard various Lanza selections on youtube. Domingo may well have introduced them to the voice of Lanza. Maybe someday they will sing a Lanza Tribute concert. That would be nice!! Ciao.
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Gail Swartz
11-29-2016
10:42 PM ET (US)
Greetings from the Gatlinberg area...windy, Smokey quite quiet, lots of stores closed, lots of people burned out completely.lots of trained folks are here to help....pray that the fires are extinguished! Jim, please do not leave...we need you! Did any of you know that Mario can be found on Pinterest? Most of my Mario music is on cds and Youtube...just can not go a day without hearing him sing.
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Dennis
11-29-2016
06:25 PM ET (US)
I looked over the entire Rense site several years ago and can guess what Jim is upset about. However, I made myself a link and don't even go through the site, but come directly to the forum. Haven't read the rest of the site for years.

Jim, I will miss your perspective as well as your well-written and informative postings. I hope you reconsider. You are so valuable to this forum.
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Kristine
11-29-2016
06:13 PM ET (US)
I watched Il Volo with Placido Domingo on PBS TV. I think it was in Florence, Italy from 2014. They mentioned The Three Tenors as their idols, but didn't mention Mario Lanza and I wonder if they are fans of his. Il Volo are good looking young men , I wonder if Hollywood will offer them a movie contract ? I wonder if Jackie Evancho will ever sing with them ? Today's movie studios don't offer contracts with these type singers like back in 1930's,'40's, and early '50's. I remember my late father wondering why Hollywood wasn't after singer Tom Netherton(good singing voice, good looks)who was on "The Lawrence Welk Show". Singer Anacani("The Lawrence Welk Show")had a part in movie "Zoot Suit". Il Volo will perform in Tampa, Fla., next year. Looking forward to new Mario Lanza documentary. Ron Howard(Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show")directed a new documentary about The Beatles' tours, back in the '60's, for the movie theaters. There was a documentary about Tab Hunter's life and career, released to movie theaters, there was a documentary about songwriter Doc Pomus(who wrote "This Magic Moment", "Save The Last Dance For Me', "Viva Las Vegas", and "She's Not You"for Elvis. Pomus was left physically challenged, due to having polio), and a documentary about the musical group known as The Wrecking Crew, who played backup for singers and played the "Bonanza" theme song. If only a documentary about Mario Lanza would be made for movie theaters. Next April 2017, TCM Classic Film Festival, with guests, will be at formerly Grauman's Chinese Theater. It would be great if a Mario Lanza movie would be shown at such an event.
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Martino to Derek
11-29-2016
02:24 PM ET (US)
I agree, the idea of having a modern day soprano's voice dubbed in a Lanza recording is something I would not want to hear. It is the same as that spooky video (on youtube) I have mentioned here before where Martina McBride walks on the stage of a Presley concert and starts singing a duet with him. I don't care how well done these things come off it is still fake and not fair or becoming to either artist, especially the one that is dead and had no say in the matter. RCA often dubbed absent voices towards the end of Mario Lanza's career and to those that knew about it only furthered the notion that he was a product of studio gimmickry.
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Derek Mannering
11-29-2016
01:28 PM ET (US)
As I mentioned here recently, Screenbound Pictures in the U.K. are currently putting the finishing touches to a new Lanza documentary – Mario Lanza: The Best of Everything – which will be released on DVD in March.

Here's a delightful Christmas teaser they've put together to promote the program, along with a taste of what to expect from some of its contributors:

https://vimeo.com/193531395
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Derek Mannering
11-29-2016
01:20 PM ET (US)
Let me add my voice to those hoping that Jim T won't leave the forum. Your contributions are much too valuable here, Jim, so I hope you will continue to contribute to the discussions.

Regarding the notion of today's great sopranos "adding" their voices to some of Lanza's recordings, it's a nice thought but highly impractical. For starters, the sopranos mentioned all record for different labels: Fleming is with Decca, Gheorgiu is with EMI, and Netrebko records for Deutsche Grammophon. And then there's the very small number of professional Lanza operatic selections they'd have to work with: Two for RCA with Elaine Malbin, the "Serenade" Boheme duet with Jean Fenn, and the great Otello duet with Albanese (the earlier rehearsal take with Gloria Boh would be a desperation pick IMO). All of those performances were recorded in mono so how do you separate the voices? (The Boheme duet would be the exception as the two singers were recorded separately, but why bother?) And don't you think Elaine would object to having her recordings overdubbed by another singer? It would also be insulting to the memory and the legacies of Fenn and especially Albanese, and I doubt very much that Netrebko, Fleming, or any other singer with integrity would agree to do that. And finally, Sony has the rights to the RCA and some movie soundtrack Lanza recordings only, so that completely rules out those early, scratchy radio recordings and Hollywood Bowl performances.

On a more positive note, there is an undoctored Lanza release on the way from Sony and I hope to share full details on that soon. I'll also have more news about the new British Lanza documentary coming right up.
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Bill Ronayne
11-29-2016
12:14 PM ET (US)
Today is Giving Tuesday. The Mario Lanza Institute, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, honors the memory of the late, great singer by sponsoring scholarships to promising young singers to further their training and careers. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the Mario Lanza Institute and help us fulfill our mission of aiding young opera singers. No amount is too small. Donations made by December 31, 2016 can be declared on your 2016 tax return. Checks made out to Mario Lanza Institute may be sent to the following address:

Mario Lanza Institute
PO Box 54624
Philadelphia,PA 19148

For more information on the Mario Lanza Institute please visit www.mariolanzainstitute.org.


Best, Bill
Edited 11-29-2016 12:15 PM
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Ed
11-29-2016
08:29 AM ET (US)
I also come directly here I have no knowledge of views that offend other posters. Jim's no longer posting here will be missed, he is truly respected for his dedication to Mario Lanza. This is sad.
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diane cox
11-28-2016
11:50 PM ET (US)
I also come directly to this page, so have no idea about other content.
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Fred Day
11-28-2016
09:13 PM ET (US)
Jim, I hope you will re-consider and not leave. I don't know what you are objecting to. I come directly to this Lanza home page, and then click onto this forum. That would be your best way to avoid problems. Best wishes. Ciao.
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Fred Day
11-28-2016
09:06 PM ET (US)
I would love to hear the 1945 Tosca and Otello love duets re-recorded with any good soprano to replace the horrible Jean Tennyson!! Anyone else would be a big improvement!! I agree with Martino's choice of Steber, and perhaps also Eileen Farrell, another good choice. And, of course Anna Moffo, definitely!! As for today, I would choose Netrebko. Ciao.
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Martino
11-28-2016
08:48 PM ET (US)

The American Soprano, Eleanor Steber
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Martino to Jim
11-28-2016
08:41 PM ET (US)
Sorry to see you go, Jim. You have always been a voice of reason and it will be hard to replace someone with your experience, knowledge and love of Mario Lanza. You have done a great deal through your radio shows in furthering his legacy and we will forever be grateful for that. I don't go to any other Rense site, only this one so I don't know what the problem is - but I think I can guess.

To your point, I have always thought that Mario Lanza should have sung with the best American sopranos available for "pop", Broadway and show, Operetta, etc. For this music he only sang with adequate American sopranos at best. Dorothy Kirsten was an exception but it was too brief and only the result of an operatic sound track. His best partner was the Italian great, Licia Albanese, and that was also very brief and once again only an operatic soundtrack excerpt.

Roberta Peters and Anna Moffo were contemporaries and would have been excellent, especially Moffo who did not have that heavy "technique" driven sound that spoiled much of what Peters sang in English. I also think Peters might have been drowned out by Mario whereas Moffo, although also a lyric soprano, could hold her own in vocal strength. Moffo was just reaching her prime towards the end of Mario's life.

There are so many sopranos that could have sung with Mario that would have made their duets memorable and magical. Unfortunately, RCA had no intention of making Mario Lanza an opera singer by definition. They wanted him to remain a "pop" artist with only passing interest in his classical side. They did much for him of course, but on that point they failed.

Another contemporary of Mario Lanza was the American soprano Elenor Steber, whose voice might have mingled very well with Marios'. She did not sing much in the way of Puccini and Verdi, or verismo which were Mario's strong suits. She did sing a little in this repertory however, and it would have been wonderful to hear them together. Steber too was technique driven to a fault and might not have had the patience necessary to deal with Mario and his more passionate, in your face style. But she could put the booze way for sure, or so they say, and maybe would have found a buddy in Mario in that regard. She would have to loosen up a bit and a couple of good belts with Mario before hand might just have been the ticket to success!
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Jim Thompson
11-28-2016
06:03 PM ET (US)
Just to finish up on a couple recent posts I sent in: The duets I thought about are as follows and if anyone answers with other ideas, Great!
Here they are: Otello duets (maybe even the 1945 radio one) Parigi o cara (H'wood Bowl),
Brindisi, Addio Addio, O suave fanciulla, Deep In My Heart Dear and Summertime In Heidelberg (pre 1959 recordings) and any other thoughts or possibilities. Any English recordings should have a soprano with excellent diction to match Mario's.

There are so many interesting folks on this site as there excellent people on the Mario Lanza, Tenor site. Having said that I may have to be a bit true to myself and say that I do not believe I will post here anymore. I cannot continue due to the atrocious material that Jeff Rense presents. I know about freedom of speech and or content. With 50 years or radio and TV News and other broadcasting behind me, I am tired of being appalled by what my eyes see before reaching the Lanza page.
Good luck to you all and may God Bless America. We've never needed it more.
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diane cox
11-27-2016
05:50 PM ET (US)
I'd go for a Netrebko duet and Olga (Russian name). She's done La Traviata recently in La Scala.
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Ed to Jim
11-27-2016
04:36 PM ET (US)
Jim, I too brought mention if a duet could've been done with one of our current sopranos. I choose Netrebko for starters. Weed out some of those cacklers and put in someone good, he deserves nothing less.
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Jim Thompson
11-27-2016
04:11 PM ET (US)
Sorry for the second intrusion but with a gray, damp New England winter evening here's an idea I've had: would there be interest for Sony to hype Mario Lanza duets with some of today's best know sopranos? Netrebko might be one and Angela Gheorgiu and others.By the way, remember the duet Jerry Hadley fabricated with Mario's "Golden Days"? Could a best seller even without a damn "Black Friday"!
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Jim Thompson
11-27-2016
03:57 PM ET (US)
You would think "Hollywood"recording studios...RCA Victor recording studios with a new "star" on their rostrum...and yet no pictures or film of Lanza recording save for a couple "nothing" shots. What a loss and a shame. Again, my belief is that as a young, new performer Lanza could not have had the power to simply say NO to all suggestions. As I say that I have to admit that, yes, RCA backed down on conductors and Mario got his way with Costa Callinicos!
This came to mind from watching the Classic Arts channel with so many outtake performances and interesting recording studio films/tapes of well known and not so well known performers at work. Sorry to read of the closing of the Lanza Legend site. Time does march on.
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Ed
11-26-2016
06:09 PM ET (US)
I learned today that Mrs.Bob Dolfi who has run the Lanza Legend website after Bob passed on is considering closing it down to failing activity. I'm sure she will advise us when and if. Mrs. Dolfi is a good friend of mine and I wish her only the best as she did great job holding it in place after Damon and Bob passed and akways did her best in keeping Bob and Damon's memory alive. It was an honor to know these people for several years.
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Martino to Sam
11-25-2016
08:18 PM ET (US)
It seems you are enjoying yourself (finally) - good for you! I think we had a very similar discussion here a while back when we talked about our home theaters and the equipment we all had. There is no doubt that Epson makes a superb projector for private and even professional home theater and I have had several of their 1080p projectors over the years.

My guess is that you won't find many people into this as you and I are, if the last discussion we had here is any indication. It is fun to get into it all but I think you will find a more receptive audience at a place like AVS forums where the real audio/video geeks hang out. I hope you will continue your reviews and your investigation of new equipment because I am of a similar mind set. Just don't be discouraged by a lack of response.
Edited 11-25-2016 08:20 PM
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Ed
11-25-2016
04:31 PM ET (US)
Fred, just listened to his Granada I too said he did a great job. I still think the two best are Lanza'a along with the 1965 recording by Fritz.
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Fred Day
11-25-2016
02:58 PM ET (US)
Ed: Korchak is excellent - lyric tenor with a fine top. Great high C's in Regiment and a high C-sharp in Puritani. Also found a fine Granada by him. All on youtube. Ciao.
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Sam Samuelian
11-25-2016
09:53 AM ET (US)
 MY DEAR MARIO LANZA FRIENDS: IS THERE A VIDEO PROJECTOR IN YOUR FUTURE?

I WROTE AND SENT THIS LAST NIGHT TO THREE OF MY FRIENDS AND AM NOW “EXPANDING” THE LIST TO OTHER FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO I THOUGHT WOULD BE INTERESTED. And Dear Florence Henderson, may you Rest In Peace.


Hi Alan, Hi Bob! (and am sending this to my pal Ron in St. Louis as an FYI)

     You both probably know that I upgraded two of our main sets (family room and kitchen) to 4K last December and have enjoyed the 78 inch curved Samsung with matching curved sound bar and the LG OLED 55 inch curved immensely. The OLED screen is still the finest available as nothing else comes close to producing the rich, deep blacks. Of course the prices have dropped considerably on many (though very little on that sized Samsung—most big cuts were on smaller screens AND now the gigantic 78 to 85 inch screens are much less). After a year of this, and after I left my last depression behind, I started wondering what was available for home theater. My Optoma is and was an incredible machine for a bargain price. It’s 3D was great, with images like “glass” on the screen and noise free.

    Three weeks ago I was introduced via articles to the Epson lineup of 4K projectors. I read all I could find about them and was very impressed at the glowing reviews and practically nothing negative, but best of all was the groundbreaking price. The only machine available to see at the time was the higher priced Epson LS10000. It’s higher price is due to it having LASER light. I got excited at the prospect of no more bulb changing. BUT as fine a picture as this projector has, it also needs to be used in a totally dark room and even then could use more brightness. I almost let the idea of upgrading go…but I met a terrific black guy with a lot of class and patience (a virtue required by my taking a TON of DVDs to demo as Best Buy had few DVDs I cared about.

    We zeroed in on the Epson Model 5040UB (“ultra black”). The price was very enticing at only 2,999.99. But as a guy who knows firsthand that buying early means paying more, I insisted on better prices. I saw one “like new” on Amazon for only $500.00 and ordered it but it was a phony dealer. Then saw TWO on a different Amazon page being offered by different dealers for $1,999. Ordered both of them thinking one would have to stick against the wall. NADA.

    Then my new friend Warren at Best Buy called me and said the 5040 was on sale for 2,799.99 and was fairly sure it would not go lower but if it did they could price match up to January 15th. I asked how soon he could put me in the driver’s seat and he said two days. DONE!

    I picked it up the day before Thanksgiving but had a ton of things to do and two places to sing at. Getting a nail in the third tire in four weeks did pose a problem making the singing events but I used chewing gum to plug the hole long enough to get to Pep Boys past Concord Mall. There they told me the tire was too bad to save but pumped it full of that white “gunk” and used TWO rubber plugs and epoxy (which is illegal in PA). The past two days I have been driving around with no problem except needing air every so often.

    Today was the revelation that prompted me to choose UNBELIEVABLE as the title for this email. Actually, it started “three o’clock in the morning” (song cue!) and I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen until heavy eye lids forced me to at 5:30 AM. I knew I had a great machine in my hands. OH, and I forgot to tell you that the perfect mate to it is the Samsung 8500 super 4K DVD player with a stylish curve. I already had one hooked up to my 78 inch TV and knew it was a great player but didn’t want to spend another 400.00. The good news is that now it is 219.00 and currently on sale along with the Epson for only 189.99.

    I skipped Thanksgiving dinner (actually it skipped me as no one invited me out) and went to entertain myself at the True Value Hardware store in Paoli Shop Center that has an amazing Christmas display each year. And 15 minutes down the road in Downingtown, there was my second favorite Christmas Tree Shop. I called both and the messages did NOT say they were closed for the day but the phones kept ringing as if they were too busy to answer. BEST thing that could have happened since I decided to go anyway and ended up seeing a huge line encircling the Best Buy store in a Downingtown mall. I was curious, obviously had time to spare, and so sped through the Black Friday Flyer and did some eBay price research and realized I could not go wrong buying computers, TVs, etc, and stood to make pretty good bucks to pay for what I wanted to keep for myself (which includes a new MacBook Air laptop, a Roomba (much better than they used to be), a new iPad with a screen up to my current 4K standards (!), and more. Best, I got Ron a Dell 15.6 inch laptop with exc specs for only 249.99 (very limited quantity and they said they would not restock until the next week). He liked the idea of getting three bargain priced Amazon Dot units to give as Christmas gifts, and the larger version called Echo for me. Look up the Amazon Dot and Echo as they are innovative techie pieces which you might want to treat yourself to. WELL IT IS OBVIOUS THAT I HAVE NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH WITH MY TITLE!! I have been taking too many “detours”.

    SOOOOO….I will simply say this. Just go to your nearest Best Buy store (I chose Concord Pike to save on sales tax) and grab an Epson 5040UB video projector. Charge it, you have nothing to lose and it can be returned as late as January 15th no questions asked. WHY do I say this? This projector is hands down the greatest projector I have ever come across and I am comparing it to machines twice the price and close to comparing it to the 15,000.00 Sony 4K projector. The Epson is a “big baby” at 25 pounds and with a large footprint. It is white, has automatic zoom with an amazing range taking you from a small picture to ultra large, automatic focusing, and automatic lens shift that moves the picture side to side so you don’t have to get up or touch the projector. Has a large, very easy to navigate, and lighted remote too. IF you want 3D, you are on your own for glasses. Best Buy is useless there and could neither demo 3D or supply glasses. The glasses are the active type and are relatively low priced at 34.95 each, which also gives you “rechargeability". The brightness is 2,500 lumens, about TWICE my Optoma’s. Bulbs last for 5K hours and are only 199.99 to replace.

    The important factors: 1-It produces a picture so sharp it could CUT you 2-It runs quiet and needs no fanned cool down time 3-The colors are brilliant and perfect and that is right out of the box with no adjustments 4-It will convert 2D to 3D, which I am a fan of, but haven’t tested that feature yet 5-It does deep blacks nearly as good as the OLED LG TV. Now I can say it and mean it: UNBELIEVABLE!! In fact, the following DVDs on it put my wonderful 78 inch Samsung to shame. A-STANDARD DVD of “Can-Can”. UNBELIEVABLE. Extremely sharp, no background noise, color that pops. B-“Gypsy”, the blu ray. UNBELIEVABLE. It looks like a brand new movie and is flawless. C-Meet Me In St. Louis blu ray. Blew me away with it’s ultra fine quality and the sound has NEVER been like this with rich deep bass, etc. D-Lanza’s “For the First Time”. Most of Mario’s movies have been given poor treatment and are simply transfers from exhisting 35MM prints. The scene early on where Mario is walking “incognito” and then surrounded by fans is SO bright and lifelike, you’d nearly think he came back to life to re-do this film. UNBELIEVABLE! I made it to letter “P”, which means I watched bits and pieces of all my favorite standard and blu ray musicals on DVD, and was very, very favorably impressed from a title as old as the standard "The Jolson Story" to a title as late (!) as “Sparkle”.

    So, R U going to take my word for it? If not, stop by and I will demo any and all DVDs you want to bring here. I’m approaching “three o’clock in the morning” and started typing this 45 minutes ago, so must stop. If you need more encouragement it comes with a TWO YEAR warranty! Try to see Warren Henderson if you are local. He works long hours and will give you the same faithful attention he gave me. Do tell him that Sam sent you!

        cinematically,

             Sam

PS. Did anyone notice I didn’t even mention TRUE 4K DVDs? That should be the ultimate proof of the pudding since “Great Gatsby”, “Pan”, and others are stunning. YET, the non 4Ks are so well upscaled by both projector and blu ray player that the true 4Ks will not be as impressive as they once were. That’s not a bad thing since there are still only about 60 titles available and they are always higher priced.
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Ed to Fred
11-25-2016
08:31 AM ET (US)
I find it interesting that both Fritz Wunderlich and Sergio Franchi's widows were named Eva, sadly Fritz died about ten years after he married, his passing a great loss. I have a beautiful Christmas card and letter from Eva Franchi.
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Kristine
11-25-2016
05:38 AM ET (US)
Florence Henderson, RIP.
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Kristine
11-25-2016
05:37 AM ET (US)
Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving ! Sad news: Florence Henderson passed away at 82. She was well known for "The Brady Bunch" but had a career in operetta and Broadway Musicals. She was in movie version of "Song Of Norway" in 1969 and was once a co-host on the "Today Show". She was in Broadway production of "Fanny"(which I think,co-starred Ezio Pinza)and was in a revival of "South Pacific" co-starring Giorgio Tozzi(whose voice was dubbed in for Rossano Brazzi, in movie version of "South Pacific"). Now unto Christmas. Does anyone know what songs are on new CD of Mario Lanza ?
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