Friday, 28 May 2010

Mario Lanza - an appreciation


Channel-hopping last night I came across a Mario Lanza documentary on BBC4. I have come late to opera even in the form of the neatly packaged snippets provided by Lanza’s Hollywood movies.
The programme was a revelation. Boy, could that man sing and in his prime had the looks and charm to match.
Like Elvis, his golden voice never deserted - despite the poor care he took of the rest of himself - until his tragically early death.
I hadn’t realised just how popular Lanza was in his day. Public taste has coarsened so much in the 50 years or so since then. It is impossible to think that his equal today (if such a thing were possible) would be a major movie star.

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