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The One Tenor: A Salute to Mario Lanza Kindle Edition
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There's no doubt about it, Mario Lanza had a heroic soul which was not only expressed through the use of his magnificent voice, but also his larger-than-life star quality presence in the flesh. The One Tenor resurrects Lanza from his untimely death on every page. The author, Lindsay Perigo, knows what he is talking about in this beautiful tribute to a man who oozed fervor from every pore. All too often people are hasty to either be critical of genius, or bestow the label willy-nilly on anyone with half a talent. The word "genius" befits Lanza like no other, due to his natural musical instinct, his ability to master the power of a god-like voice and his bold determination to share his gift with the world - and be recognized for it!
To know him was to love him. Those who did testify to the fact that Lanza was an electrifying force of affectionate, friendly, fun-loving, intelligence with a super-abundance of life coursing through his veins. In a word, he was exhilarating to be near.
With such a mighty personality as this, and coupled with so great a talent, it is little wonder that there are those who try to relegate Lanza to the Bi-polar Disorder camp - here we go with the criticizing genius penchant! Mr. Perigo conducts a written interview with Roland Bessette, who himself wrote a biography on Lanza titled "Mario Lanza - Tenor in Exile" back in 1999. In this interview (and his book), Mr. Bessette lays forth his reasons as to why he considers Lanza to have suffered from chronic Bi-polar Disorder. I'll let the reader make up his/her own mind on this one, but I will say that "passionate genius" will usually be labeled as some kind of disorder or another by laymen who lack both passion and genius.
One of the most touching chapters in this tribute was written by Jeff Rense whose grandfather knew Lanza personally. Suffice it to say that his tender account brought me to tears.
Lindsay Perigo has carried off this tribute to Lanza so faithfully that I can only say that if Mario could see it, he would consider Perigo one of the greatest allies a man could have. He sure could've done with such a friendship during the darker hours of his extraordinary life.
In invoking (and evoking) Lanza's passion as the core of his soul and the driving force of his art, Lindsay Perigo rescues Lanza's exuberant soul and life-affirming art from the attacks of pedants and the blindness of the soul destroyed, redeeming his memory and offering abundant evidence that the work of The One Tenor is still the standard by which all others should be judged.
A wonderfully redemptive read.
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Mr Perigo's excellent collection of essays is spot on! A great review and analysis of the great tenor Mario Lanza.Read more