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Tribute concert to commemorate the Great Mario Lanza

Published: Tue 6 Sep 2016 12:07 PM
Join Operatunity as we pay tribute to one of the most influential classical singers of the modern era: The Great Mario Lanza.
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 hits such as That Midnight Kiss and The Great Caruso. The urgency and intensity in his voice showed how passionate he was in regard to music, singing every word “like it was [his] last on earth”. Sadly, Mario’s career was cut short after his passing at the age of 38.
Mario Lanza was a true inspiration to many modern singers, with the Three Tenors, Andrea Bocelli and even Elvis Presley and our own international tenor Simon O'Neill all acknowledging him as a driving force in their own careers. Although he was met with much scrutiny and was the subject of many rumours in his heyday, Mario Lanza is remembered today as an incomparable icon and a bittersweet figure of the 40s and 50s. In their upcoming show, Operatunity combines rare insight and exceptional music into one outstanding tribute to the One Tenor and his compelling life.
Operatunity Daytime Concert – The Great Mario Lanza
Touring New Zealand in October and November 2016
call toll free 0508 266 237 to book or online at www.daytimeconcerts.co.nz
Free double pass prize packs available for give-aways
please contact me if you are interested
Broadcaster Lindsay Perigo will share his expertise on this enigmatic performer after years of research, essays and interviews with Mario’s colleagues. He will be joined by his nephew and tenor, Karl Perigo as well as Operatunity founder and soprano Susan Boland and seasoned tenor Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua. These three performers will pay homage to Mario Lanza through some of his most beloved pieces over his incredible career, accompanied by talented pianist Penny Dodd.
This is a truly unique concert that will both enlighten and entertain as we remember the man and the music behind the name Mario Lanza.
Tickets are available now for The Great Mario Lanza at 24 venues across the country in October and November, full listings available atwww.daytimeconcerts.co.nz. You can book by calling 0508 266 237 or by sending an email to bookings@operatunity.co.nz. At the concert, be sure to pick up a copy of Lindsay’s book “The One Tenor”, filled with great insight and anecdotes, and have it signed by the author himself.

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