MARIO LANZA LIVES
Operatunity Daytime Concert Series looks back on the life of the great Hollywood tenor.
A double-whammy impact. That’s what former Feilding-ites, tenor Karl Perigo and broadcaster Lindsay Perigo are planning to make when they come to Palmerston North as part of touring Operatunity Daytime Concert show The Great Mario Lanza.
Legendary tenor Mario Lanza, was an operatic crossover sensation and Hollywood film star in the late 1940s and 50s. Among his screen hits were the movies That Midnight Kiss, The Great Caruso and The Student Prince.
He was known as ‘‘the last of the great romantic performers’’, and at the time of his death in 1959, aged just 37, was easily the most famous tenor in the world.
Lanza is not only the subject of the Operatunity performance, but also of The One Tenor, a book on his life written by Lindsay, and based on extensive research as well as interviews with those who knew the singer.
Lindsay’s nephew Karl, highly regarded in Manawatu musical theatre circles, will be joined by Operatunity founder and soprano Susan Boland, seasoned tenor Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua and pianist Penny Dodd.
Together, they will perform the great numbers from the Mario Lanza songbook, while Lindsay will share his insights into the life and times of the iconic performer.
The touring tribute is on at Life Church in Featherston St next Wednesday, November 2 from 11am.
Lindsay Perigo, broadcaster and author has written a biography of singing great Mario Lanza.