Dubbed by Arturo Toscanini as the greatest voice of the 20th century, Mario Lanza was one of America's most successful singers and movie stars in the years immediately following World War II. Mario (1921 1959) was an American tenor who was cited as an inspiration by stars as diverse as Elvis Presley and Jose Carreras. He was an
outstanding and extrovert performer, able to sing all types of music, starting out as an operatic tenor but making the successful transition to popular genres. With his highly emotional style, he was immensely popular and his many recordings are still prized today. He also became a Hollywood movie star, and in 1951 portrayed Enrico
Caruso in The Great Caruso, which proved to be an outstanding success.
The 20 tracks in this collection are from the recordings of his performances on the Coca-Cola sponsored radio show The Mario Lanza Show and have been selected to showcase the wide range
of his talent, from operatic excerpts through to songs from stage musicals and other popular concert pieces. It is a fitting tribute to a
tenor who in a short but colourful career took his art to a broad popular audience and, in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of his demise, is fondly remembered by millions around the world.
Highly regarded UK label Acrobat Music is launching its US operations on October 21st 2008 with this as well as other re-issues that offer high quality and excellent value. All of the Premier Collection titles are showcased in deluxe packages with unique, consistent packaging, which include o-cards, extensive liner notes and either a large number of tracks or lengthy play time. Acrobat will be establishing its presence as the premier independent re-issue label in the US through its distribution deal with TVT Distribution.