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Mario Lanza

Opera Singer + Actor
Born Jan 31, 1921

Mario Lanza, was an American tenor, singer, actor, and Hollywood movie star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. The son of Italian emigrants, he began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 16. He was born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza. He changed his name when he signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His mother's maiden name was Maria Lanza. After appearing at the Hollywood Bowl in 1947, Lanza signed a seven-year contract with MGM's head, Louis B.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born in 1921.


1942 21 Years Old 1 More Event
His opera debut, as Fenton in Otto Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor (in English), came at the Berkshire Music Festival in Tanglewood on August 7, 1942, after a period of study with conductors Boris Goldovsky and Leonard Bernstein. … Read More
1945 - 1948 3 More Events
Following the success of these performances, he was invited to return to New Orleans in 1949 as Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata.
1950 29 Years Old Lanza's first two starring films, That Midnight Kiss and The Toast of New Orleans, both opposite top-billed Kathryn Grayson, were commercial successes, and in 1950 his recording of "Be My Love" from the latter became the first of three million-selling singles for the young singer, earning him enormous fame in the process. … Read More


1951 30 Years Old In 1951, Lanza portrayed Enrico Caruso in The Great Caruso, which proved a success. … Read More
1952 31 Years Old In 1952, Lanza was dismissed by MGM after he had pre-recorded the songs for The Student Prince. … Read More
1955 34 Years Old Lanza returned to an active film career in 1955 in Serenade, released by Warner Bros. … Read More
1957 36 Years Old He then moved to Rome, Italy in May 1957, where he worked on the film Seven Hills of Rome, and returned to live performing in November of that year, singing for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium.
1958 37 Years Old 1 More Event
From January to April 1958, Lanza gave a concert tour of the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany. … Read More
…  At the time of his death in 1959 he was still "the most famous tenor in the world". … Read More
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