American tenor and Hollywood star with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Torna a Surriento”, a Neapolitan song composed in 1902 by Italian musician Ernesto De Curtis (October 4, 1875 – December 31, 1937) to words by his brother, the poet and painter Giambattista De Curtis (20 July 1860 – 15 January 1926, the an Italian painter and poet remembered today for his song lyrics). From the 1956 movie “Serenade”.
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Luciano Pavarotti, Mario Lanza and Franco Corelli versions of O Paradis! (O Paradise!): the most famous aria of the 1865 grand opera L’Africaine (The African Woman), the last work of the German opera composer Giacomo Meyerbeer (born Jacob Liebmann Beer; 5 September 1791 – 2 May 1864). The French libretto was written by Eugène Scribe. The opera is about fictitious events in the life of the real historical person Vasco da Gama (c. 1460s – 23 December 1524) the Portuguese explorer. He was the first European to reach India by sea.
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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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American tenor and Hollywood star with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings Celeste Aida, a romanza from the first act of the opera Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi. From The Great Caruso, the 1951 biographical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Mario Lanza as Enrico Caruso.
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Three versions of the Italian composer Teodoro Cottrau’s “Santa Lucia”. It is actually a traditional Neapolitan song, transcribed by Cottrau and published by the Cottrau firm, as a “barcarolla”, at Naples in 1849. From three of the greatest tenors of the 20th century, Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli and Mario Lanza.
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The legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the French light pop tenor singer Vincent Niclo sing the famous Neapolitan song “Funiculì, Funiculà”, with the chorus of Alexandrov Ensemble (widely known as the Red Army Chorus).
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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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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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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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The great American tenor with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings Ave Maria by Franz Schubert. The video is from the 1956 movie “Serenade”.
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