The great American tenor with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Mamma Mia, Che Vò Sapé?”, a beautiful Neapolitan song written by the Italian composer Emanuele Nutile (1862-1932) in 1900, with lyrics by his fellow Neapolitan Ferdinando Russo (November 25, 1866 – January 30, 1927). From the 1949 Technicolor American musical romance film “That Midnight Kiss” starring Mario Lanza (in his first leading role) and Kathryn Grayson.
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Accompanied by the Camerata Orchestra, the Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou gave a concert at Concert Hall of Athens in March 2005. Excerpts from this concert (Eternity and a Day soundtrack).
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The American tenor and Hollywood star with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Una furtiva lagrima”” (English: A furtive tear), a romanza from act 2, scene 8 of the Italian opera L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti. There are two videos in the post: the first one is from the 1949 American musical film “That Midnight Kiss”, starring Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza, in his movie debut. The second video is a recording from May 18, 1950. Mario Lanza sings ‘Una Furtiva Lagrima’ with RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Constantine Callinicos.
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One of the leading operatic tenors of the 20th century, Jussi Björling sings Till Havs (English: at sea). It is originally a poem by the Finnish-Swedish poet Jonathan Reuter, the opening words “Smokey and the ocean’s healthy wind”. In 1922, the song set to music by the Swedish composer Gustaf Nordqvist (born 12 February 1886 in Stockholm, Sweden, dead 28 January 1949 in Stockholm, Sweden) as part of the “Three Songs” for solo voice and piano or orchestra. The song was one of Jussi Björling’s showpieces.
The video below is from Björling’s movie “Resan till dig” (English: The Journey to You), a 1953 Swedish comedy film directed by Stig Olin. It is recorded from Swedish TV, restored and repitched. Royal Orchestra conducted by Sune Waldimir, September 27, 1953.
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The legendary American tenor and Hollywood film star with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Vesti La Giubba”, a famous tenor aria from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s 1892 opera Pagliacci (Clowns). From “For the First Time”, Lanza’s final film, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1959.
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Danish oboist Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt performs the Italian composer Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe”, the main theme for the 1986 film The Mission directed by Roland Joffé. With the Faroe Islands Philharmonic Orchestra, January 10, 2009.
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The great American tenor and Hollywood film star with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Arrivederci Roma” (Goodbye Rome), from the 1958 Italian-American musical film “Seven Hills of Rome”. It was Lanza’s penultimate film. The composer of the song, Renato Rascel (27 April 1912 – 2 January 1991) also played in the movie. Lyrics of the song by Pietro Garinei and Sandro Giovannini. It was published in 1955 as part of the soundtrack and the American songwriter Carl Sigman wrote the lyrics for the English language version of the movie.
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Mike Batt’s “Main Theme” to the 1978 film “Caravans” a 1978 Iranian-American film directed by James Fargo based on the novel by James A. Michener. Batt conducts the “Secret Symphony Orchestra” at the Cadogan Hall.
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Juan Diego Flórez, the Peruvian operatic tenor sings “Amapola”, a 1924 song by Cádiz-born composer José María Lacalle García (later Joseph Lacalle). At the Latino Inaugural, on January 20, 2013 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., USA.
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Italian bass Ezio Pinza sings “You Belong To My Heart” with Lana Turner, the American film and television actress. From the 1951 romantic musical drama film “Mr. Imperium” (UK title: “You Belong To My Heart”).
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