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Mario Lanza

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1921
Year of Death: 1959

About Mario Lanza:

Mario Lanza (born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza; January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959) was an American tenor of Italian ancestry, and an actor and Hollywood film star of the late 1940s and the 1950s.

Lanza began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 16. After appearing at the Hollywood Bowl in 1947, Lanza signed a seven-year film contract with Louis B. Mayer, the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who saw his performance and was impressed by his singing. Prior to that, the adult Lanza had sung only two performances of an opera. The following year (1948), however, he sang the role of Pinkerton in Puccini's Madame Butterfly in New Orleans.

His film début for MGM was in That Midnight Kiss (1949) with Kathryn Grayson and Ethel Barrymore. A year later, in The Toast of New Orleans, his featured popular song "Be My Love" became his first million-selling hit. In 1951, he played the role of tenor Enrico Caruso, his idol, in the biopic The Great Caruso, which produced another million-seller with "The Loveliest Night of the Year" (a song which used the melody of Sobre las Olas). The Great Caruso was the top-grossing film that year.

The title song of his next film, Because You're Mine, was his final million-selling hit song. The song went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. After recording the soundtrack for his next film, The Student Prince, he embarked upon a protracted battle with studio head Dore Schary arising from artistic differences with director Curtis Bernhardt, and was eventually dismissed by MGM.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
31La vita e inferno all infelice Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-2

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro
32O tu che in seno agli angeli Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro
33Parmi veder le lagrima Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
34Un di all'azzuro spazio Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Andrea
35Colpito qui m'avete Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.05-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Andrea
36Mario Mario son qui! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
37E scherzo od e follia Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.20

Type: quartet,choirVoice: B B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Samuel/Tom/Ulrica/Riccardo
38Un tal gioco credetemi Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
39Stolta paura Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
40Dio mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello
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