Mario Lanza - Opera Arias And Duets

Release Date: 8/10/1999
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 09026634912
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Mario Lanza was a magnificent anomaly: one of the most famous opera singers of his day, he almost never appeared on the opera stage and never recorded a complete opera. Instead, he made pop records and movies in which he always sang, often opera, and sometimes, as in 'The Great Caruso,' even played the part of an opera star. His albums were best-sellers during the 1950s, and the soundtrack from the film version of Sigmund Romberg's operetta 'The Student Prince,' in which he starred, was the first LP of a movie soundtrack (or an operetta for that matter) to go gold. His untimely death at the age of 38 in 1959 was a shock to the entertainment world.
RCA has now compiled a collection of popular opera arias taken from various LPs, movies, and television tapings. Years later, Lanza's voice still stands out as unique: light, sweet, and lyrical yet capable of heroic flight, and like Andrea Bocelli's, poised in many ways between the realms of opera and pop music. How Lanza would have fared on stage we'll never know, but in the movies and on disc he'll always be a star.
Works on This Recording
1. L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865 ; Germany
2. Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
3. Andrea Chénier: Un dì all' azzuro spazio "Improvviso" by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
4. Andrea Chénier: Come un bel dì di maggio by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
5. L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897/1937 ; Italy
6. La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Jakob Gimpel (Piano), Jean Fenn (Soprano), Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
7. La Bohème: Musette! O gioia della mia dimora... Testa adorato by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; Italy
8. Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor: Ray Sinatra
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874 ; France
9. Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; Italy
10. Madama Butterfly: Vogliatemi bene...O quanti occhi fisi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Elaine Malbin (Soprano), Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
11. Martha: Ach, so fromm by Friedrich von Flotow
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
12. Otello: Dio ti giocondi, o sposo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Licia Albanese (Soprano), Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor: Ray Heindorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
13. I Pagliacci: Un tal gioco by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Italy
14. I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor: Ray Sinatra
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Italy
15. Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor: Ray Heindorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926 ; Italy
16. Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
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