Karl and Lind­say Perigo pay trib­ute to Mario Lanza

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

Karl and Lind­say Perigo from Feild­ing are pay­ing trib­ute to one of the most in­flu­en­tial clas­si­cal singers of the 20th cen­tury, tenor Mario Lanza.

In Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber the Peri­gos, as mem­bers of Oper­atu­nity, tour The Great Mario Lanza to 24 venues through­out New Zealand. Oper­atu­nity’s one Palmer­ston North per­for­mance will be at the New Life Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 2.

Broad­caster Lind­say Perigo will share his ex­per­tise about the sen­sa­tional Hol­ly­wood tenor after years of re­search and es­says and in­ter­views with Mario’s col­leagues. They have re­sulted in Lind­say’s book The One Tenor which was re­leased this year. His nephew and tenor Karl Perigo is one of the stars who will sing from the Lanza song­book. He will be joined by Oper­atu­nity founder and so­prano Su­san Boland and sea­soned tenor Bon­aven­ture Al­lan-Moetaua. They will all pay homage to Mario Lanza through some rare in­sights and beloved pieces over his in­cred­i­ble ca­reer, ac­com­pa­nied by pian­ist Penny Dodd.

From his first break­out per­for­mance as Fen­ton in The Merry Wives of Wind­sor, Mario Lanza be­came a sen­sa­tion as a cross­over opera and pop­u­lar singer and even­tu­ally a star of the sil­ver screen in such hits as That Mid­night Kiss and The Great Caruso. The ur­gency and in­ten­sity of his voice showed how pas­sion­ate he was in re­gard to mu­sic, singing ev­ery word as though it was his last on earth.

Lanza, who died at the young age of 38, was an in­spi­ra­tion to many mod­ern singers in­clud­ing The Three Tenors, An­drea Bo­celli, our own in­ter­na­tional tenor, Si­mon O’Neill and even Elvis Pres­ley. He is re­mem­bered to­day as an in­com­pa­ra­ble icon and a bit­ter­sweet fig­ure of the 1940s and ‘50s.

Tick­ets are avail­able at www.day­timecon­certs.co.nz. Phone 0508-266-237 to book or send an email to book­ings@oper­atu­nity.co.nz. Lind­say’s book The One Tenor will be avail­able for sign­ing and to pur­chase after the show.

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