MARIO LANZA LIVES

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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Lind­say Perigo, broad­caster and au­thor has writ­ten a bi­og­ra­phy of singing great Mario Lanza.

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