Mario Lanza sings Celeste Aida (Verdi)

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.

Teodoro Cottrau’s “Santa Lucia” – Caruso, Gigli and Lanza versions

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.

Pavarotti sings Mattinata (Leoncavallo)

The legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings “Mattinata” (English: Morning) by Ruggero Leoncavallo (from the Central Park Concert – in June 1993, more than 500,000 listeners gathered for his free performance on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park, while millions more around the world watched on television.). Composed in 1904, It was the […]

Una furtiva lagrima – Brownlee, Pavarotti and Caruso versions

A beautiful aria, three different times, three great tenors. Lawrence Brownlee (2014), Luciano Pavarotti (1982) and Enrico Caruso (1904) versions of “Una furtiva lagrima” (A furtive tear), a romanza from act 2, scene 8 of the Italian opera L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti.

Vesti la Giubba – Pavarotti and Corelli versions

Previously, I published a post about Vesti la Giubba’s 1902, 1904 and 1907 Enrico Caruso versions, 1904 recording has been sold more than one million copies, the first “million-seller” in history. Here, another two opera giants of the 20th century, Franco Corelli and Luciano Pavarotti singing Vesti la giubba (English: put on the costume), a […]

The best versions of “Je crois entendre encore”

The best versions of “Je crois entendre encore” (I still believe I hear), a beautiful aria from Georges Bizet‘s Les pêcheurs de perles. Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) is an opera in three acts by the French composer Georges Bizet, to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré. It was first performed on […]

Enrico Caruso – Vesti la giubba (1902, 1904, 1907 editions)

Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was the first gramophone star to sell more than a million copies with his 1904 recording of “Vesti la giubba” from the opera “Pagliacci” (Clowns) by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Here are his recordings from 30th of November 1902, 1st of February 1904 and 17th of March 1907.

Di quella pira – Caruso, Corelli and Pavarotti versions

Three beautiful versions of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Di quella pira“. The first version is sung by Enrico Caruso, the second one is sung by Franco Corelli, and the third one is sung by Luciano Pavarotti. Three of the greatest tenors of the 20th history. Di quella pira is a popular tenor aria (or more specifically cabaletta) sung […]