Mario Lanza sings Torna a Surriento [From the 1956 movie Serenade]

American tenor and Hollywood star of Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Torna a Surriento” (Come back to Sorrento), 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 …

Mario Lanza sings Mamma Mia, Che Vò Sapé?

The great American tenor of 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). Video from the 1949 Technicolor American musical romance film “That Midnight …

Mario Lanza sings Celeste Aida [From the 1951 Movie The Great Caruso]

American tenor and Hollywood star of 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.

Mario Lanza sings “Una Furtiva Lagrima”

The American tenor and Hollywood star of 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 …

Jussi Björling sings Till Havs [at sea]

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, with the opening words “Smokey and the ocean’s healthy wind”. In 1922, the song was set to music by the Swedish composer Gustaf Nordqvist (born 12 …

Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe [Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt]

Accompanied by the Faroe Islands Philharmonic Orchestra, the 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. Conductor: Bernhardhur Wilkinson. Recorded on January 10, 2009.

Mario Lanza and Luisa Di Meo sing “Arrivederci Roma”

The great American tenor and Hollywood film star of Italian origin, Mario Lanza and Luisa Di Meo (the little girl) sing “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 …