Karl and Lindsay Perigo pay tribute to Mario Lanza
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 email@example.com. Lindsay’s book The One Tenor will be available for signing and to purchase after the show.