Mario Lanza (31 January 1921 – 7 October 1959) was an American tenor and Hollywood movie star who enjoyed success in the late 1940s and 1950s. His voice was considered by many to rival that of Enrico Caruso, whom Lanza portrayed in the 1951 film The Great Caruso. Lanza was able to sing all types of music. While his highly emotional style was not always universally praised by critics, he was immensely popular and his many recordings are still prized today.
Born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was exposed to opera and singing at a young age, and by the age of 16 his vocal talent became apparent. Starting out in local operatic productions in Philadelphia, he later came to the attention of conductor Serge Koussevitzky, who provided young Cocozza with a full student scholarship to the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood in Massachusetts. Koussevitzky would later tell Lanza that, "Yours is a voice such as is heard once in a hundred years."
Track listing: The Donkey SerenadeMore Than You KnowThe Loveliest Night of the YearI Love Thee (Ich Liebe Dich)A KissSoftly as in a Morning SunriseSong of SongsGranadaWithout a SongMy Song, My LoveDianeThine AloneThe RosaryAve MariaThe Lord's PrayerIfThey Didn't Believe MeCosi CosaFuniculi-Funicula (English version)Because You're MineBe My Love
Track listing: Ave MariaBecause Your MineGranadaWithout a SongSong of SongsBe My LoveA KissI Love TheeE Lucevan le StelleDonkey SerenadeThe Loveliest Night of the YearTemptationParigi O CaraO Soave FanicullaCosi CosaTurna A Surriento
Track listing: La Donne E MobileSerenade: Vien Al Mio Grido D'amorCore 'Ngrato (Catari, Catari)Recondita ArmoniaE Lucevan le StelleParigi o CaraLove Duet: Vogliatemi BeneO Soave FanicullaParlai D'Amore, MariuUna Furtiva LagrimaMama Mia Che Vo SapeImprovivso: Un di All'azzuro SpazioVesti la Giubba'A VucchellaO ParadisoMarechiareLolitaMattinataLa SpagnolaTorna a SurrientoO Sole Mio