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SAM MILLION
09-28-2021
02:12 AM ET (US)
I WATCHED A DVD CALLED "DUETTO"TONIGHT SINCE ANNA HAS THE STANDARD DVD SOLD TO A CUSTOMER. SHE IS GETTING A SURPRISING $22.00. THEN I WENT TO AMAZON AND SEE THEY SELL IT FOR $55.00!! I LIKED BOTH TENORS---LICITRA (ITALIAN) AND ALAVAREZ (ARGENTINIAN). ONE HAS GREY HAIR AND THE OTHER IS BLACK. BOTH HAVE GOOD STAGE PRESENCE AND BOTH SMILE TO THEMSELVES AND TO THE AUDIENCE OFTEN. IT IS SET IN THE ROMAN COLISEUM OUTDOORS. THE ORCHESTRA IS LARGE AND PLAY FOUR OF THE TRACKS INCLUDING "INTERMEZZO FROM CAVELARIA RUSTICANNA". THE ONLY RECOGNIZABLE ARIAS ARE "E LUCEVAN LE STELLE" AND "LAMENTO DI FEDERICO". THEY DO "MARIA" BUT IT IS NOT THE ONE FROM WEST SIDE STORY! MOST OF THE OTHER SONGS ARE ITALIAN AND I DIDN'T RECOGNIZE ANY. THERE IS ALSO A CD OF IT WHICH IS MUCH CHEAPER AND LIKELY JUST AS ENTERTAINING. HAVE ANY OF YOU SEEN OR HEARD IT?
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Bill Ronayne
09-27-2021
09:34 AM ET (US)
Thanks Linz for your kind words about the newsletter.
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Bill Ronayne
09-27-2021
09:28 AM ET (US)
Hi: Just so there's no confusion about the Ball Weekend in Philadelphia. Here's the information as there are a few typos in Sam's post:

Mario Lanza Ball

Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 6:00pm.
IATSE Ballroom $125 per person.
Scholarship winner performances, video presentation, auction and dinner and dancing to Over the Top Entertainment. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included in the admission price. All other drinks are cash bar. This is in effect for the entire event. Coat check is complimentary and free onsite parking is available.

Mario Lanza Museum

Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 1:00pm.

A special luncheon, which will include a complete showing of Serenade, will take place at the Lanza Museum on Sunday the 21st. $30 per person. Lunch will be from 1:00pm – 1:45pm and the movie will start promptly at 2:00pm. Seating is limited to 30 people and on a first come first paid basis. No refunds or credits. No exceptions. Street parking. Please RSVP ASAP as events at the museum sell out fast.

Hotel accommodations for out of towners are available at the DoubleTree Hotel in Center City at $189+ tax per night. Reservations must be made by October 15th to get the special price. For more information about the weekend, email info@mariolanzainstitute.org or call 215-238-9691. For those that cannot attend and would like to make a contribution, online donations can be made on our website www.mariolanzainstitute.org or sent to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147.

Best, Bill
Edited 09-27-2021 09:30 AM
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SAM MILLION
09-27-2021
08:54 AM ET (US)
SO HAPPY THAT PEACE HAS RETURNED TO OUR FORUM. IT SHOWS THAT WE DO HAVE STRENGTH TO SETTLE PROBLEMS IN A NON VIOLENT MANNER. LINZ, I AGREE THAT SERENADE WOULD BE A FINE CHOICE FOR WB HOME VIDEO TO GIVE THE SAME TREATMENT IT GAVE TO PROCESS THE GREAT CARUSO. AS TO WHICH IS BETTER?---SERENADE OR GREAT CARUSO, I JUMP BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN EACH FILM AS TO WHICH IS MARIO'S GREATEST. PERHAPS A BETTER APPROACH WOULD BE HOW THEY FIT LANZA. HE WASN'T PLAYING HIMSELF IN GC AND HE WAS YOUTHFUL AND IN BETTER PHYSICAL SHAPE OVER ANY OTHER FEATURE. DURING THIS PERIOD GC WAS THE BEST. WITH SERENADE HE HAD ALREADY SHIFTED INTO THE LATER, OLDER, MARIO--ONE WHOSE VOICE WAS DEEPER IN TONE . HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED HIS SPEAKING VOICE DURING THE MOVIE WAS LOWER AS WELL? AND HIS ACTING THE BEST? WELL IT SURELY WAS. THE FILM IS FULL OF GREAT ARIAS AS IS GC AS WELL AS NEAPOLITAN SONGS. HE NEVER LOOKED MORE UNLIKE HIMSELF WITH THAT UNBELIEVABLY HIGH POMPADOUR AND HIS VERY NOTICEABLE WEIGHT CHANGES (THINK THE SCENE OF HIM IN BED AFTER HE FIRST AWAKENS FROM THE SLEEP THAT LASTED DAYS). THIS HAPPENED NOTABLY IN BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE TOO. YET HE WAS MUCH SLIMMER IN SEVEN HILLS OR ROME AND FOR THE FIRST TIME AS HE HELD HIS WEIGHT THE SAME IN MOST SCENES. BILL ALWAYS DOES A GREAT JOB WITH HIS LANZA NEWSLETTERS. I HAVEN'T BEEN SIGNED UP FOR THEM BUT I THINK I SHOULD TALK WITH BILL SOON.

CARMEL: I AM HAPPY KNOWING YOU REMEMBER ME, ANNA, AND RON. BACK THEN I HAD A HARD TIME KEEPING MY EYES OF OF YOU AS YOU WERE A TRUE "CUPCAKE".(ANY SEXIST REMARKS WILL BE MADE ONLY BY DIRTY OLD MEN, LOL). THESE DAYS THE CUPCAKE HAS TRANSFORMED INTO A MATURE LADY WITH PLENTY OF GLAMOUR. PLEASE DO POST HERE AS OTHERS HAVE SUGGESTED. YOU MAY NOT KNOW AS MUCH AS YOUR HUSBAND ARMANDO ABOUT MARIO, BUT READING HERE WILL ASSIST IN YOUR LEARNING. PLUS WE NEED MORE WOMEN ON THIS FORUM!

SPEAKING OF BILL, I JUST RECEIVED THE INVITATION TO THIS YEAR'S MARIO LANZA BALL. IT IS A TOTALLY REVISED LETTER THAT I WOULD LIKE SHARING WITH THE LIKELY FEW OF YOU WHO WILL MAKE IT THERE. FOR ME IT IS A 40 MINUTE DRIVE AND AN AFFAIR TO LOOK FORWARD TO. SINCE MARY PAPPOLA RAN THE INSTITUTE AND THEN HANDED THE REIGNS DOWN TO A VERY WILLING MR. RONAYNE, I THOUGHT OF THE DOUBLE TREE AS THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR THE BALLS. GOD, THEY EVEN HAD AN ICE CARVING OF MARIO IN THEIR BEST DAYS. THAT HAS HAD TO BE CHANGED. FOR THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER 29TH EVENT, HERE ARE THE SPECIFICS: IT IS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARIO'S BIRTH AND THE 59TH (!) ANNUAL LANZA BALL. BILL HAS CHOSEN AN ENTIRELY NEW VENUE, SOMETHING DEAR OLD JOHN LUCIANI WOULD HAVE ROOTED FOR. JOHN OFTEN ASSISTED JEANETTE TO RUN THE MUSEUM AND BE A TOUR GUIDE. HE HAD GREAT VISION FOR CHANGE AND IMPROVEMENT RE MARIO FANS.
 
THE VENUE IS A PLACE I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF CALLED THE IATSE BALLROOM IN PHILLY. IT STARTS AT 6 WHILE IN THE DOUBLE TREE DAYS IT STARTED AT 5 WITH A HAPPY HOUR WHERE ATTENDEES COULD MINGLE AND GET "HAPPY"! "FORGET YOUR TROUBLES, COME ON GET HAPPY" IS THE SONG CUE HERE. BEFORE THE BALL ROOM DOORS OPENED, I ORDERED THREE APPLE MARTINI'S THE BEST MIXED DRINK I HAVE EVER HAD). AND ONE FOR GOOD MEASURE TO TAKE INTO THE BALLROOM. PLUS TWO COKES FOR THE SAME PURPOSE. FUNNY STORY: I REMEMBER SOME YEARS AGO THAT ONE OF THE OLDER LADIES AT THE HAPPY HOUR JUMPED RIGHT IN TO MY FUNNY PHRASE REGARDING A NEW DRINK I DISCOVERED IN MY IPHONE CALLED "SEX ON THE BEACH". WE WOULD BOTH HOWL AT THE MENTION OF THAT. SHE WOULD SAY: "SAM, SHOULD WE HAVE MORE SEX ON THE BEACH?". LOL.

THE EVENING WILL FEATURE THE ALWAYS CORE ASPECT OF THE BALL: TO CHOOSE AND HONOR SCHOLARSHIP WINNING VOCALISTS. SCHOLARSHIPS LIKE THIS ARE SOMETHING MARIO ENVISIONED DOING TO SHARE HIS DREAM OF FINDING NEW TALENT WITH THE WORLD. IN ADDITION TO THAT THERE WILL BE DINNER AND DANCING TO NOT THE LIVE MUSIC OF THE QUARTET. (IN A SENIOR MOMENT I CAN'T RECALL THE GROUP NAMED AFTER THEIR LEADER, A MAN I KNEW AND ACTUALLY SANG WITH YEARS BEFORE THEIR HIRING FOR THE BALL.) NOW WE WILL HAVE THE "CANNED"MUSIC OF A DJ. HOPEFULLY THIS DJ FROM "OVER THE TOP ENTERTAINMENT" WILL BRING ALONG SOME LANZA MUSIC.

THERE WILL ALSO BE AN AUCTION OF LANZA MEMORABILIA THAT CAN BE EXCITING IF YOU LIKE BIDDING. I HAVE A QUICK STORY TO TELL. SOME YEARS AGO THE AUCTION WAS FOR A GORGEOUS FRAMED COLOR PICTURE OF MARIO AND KATHRYN GRAYSON FROM THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS. IT CAME FROM MARY PAPPOLA'S PRIVATE COLLECTION. THAT FACT AND THE BEAUTY OF THE PIECED HAD ME DETERMINED TO WIN IT. AFTER THE MAJORITY OF BIDDERS HAD DWINDLED, IT WAS DOWN TO ME AND THE LADY AND HER HUSBAND WHO RAN A BED AND BREAKFAST AT A LIGHTHOUSE (THEIR NAMES?). WE BID THE VALUE WAY UP AND EACH OF US HAD "DUG IN THEIR HELLS" TO WIN. I SENSED THEY WERE AGGRAVATED BY MY CONTINUING TO DRIVE THE PRICE UP. I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO PAY THAT MUCH AND ANNA SUGGESTED I STOP. I MADE ONE MORE BID WHILE ANNOUNCING TO THEM THAT I WOULD KEEP BIDDING NO MATTER WHAT (THE UNYIELDING ARMENIAN IN ME). AH HA! THEY STOPPED AND I WALKED AWAY WITH IT TO THE TUNE OF 250.00 IF MEMORY SERVES. THE AUDIENCE WAS ACTUALLY GASPING. I HAVE THE PIECE ON A FAVORED SPOT IN WHAT I CALL MY MUSIC ROOM.

SO, THE BALL WILL BE A SATURDAY--AND IN KEEPING WITH TRADITION OF HAVING A LANZA WEEKEND BILL HAS ARRANGED TO OPEN THE WONDERFUL NEW LANZA MUSEUM ON SUNDAY FOR A TASTY LUNCHEON AND COMPLETE SHOWING OF "SERENADE" ON THE BIG FLATSCREEN TV WITH RICH SOUND COMING FROM THE CEILING SPEAKERS.YOU CAN'T MAKE IT LOUD ENOUGH TO SUIT ME!IT IS ONLY 30.00 PER PERSON AND STREET PARKING IS AVAILABLE FOR THE EVENT THAT STARTS AT 1 PM. WHICH REMINDS ME THAT THE BALL WILL COST A REASONABLE !25.OO DOLLARS WITH FREE COAT CHECKING AND FREE PARKING ON THE PREMISES.

AND WE ARE NOT COMPLETELY SEVERING RELATIONS WITH THE DOUBLE TREE HOTEL, AS THIS WILL BE THE CHOSEN PLACE FOR OUT OF TOWN AND LOCAL PEOPLE WANTING A PLACE TO SLEEP. DON'T WORRY ABOUT SLEEP--THE EXCITEMENT WILL KEEP YOU WIDE AWAKE! I PREFER DRIVING FROM HOME AND THE FEW TIMES I COULDN'T DRIVE CAROLE SHEA'S BROTHER AL GAGLIARDI AND SISTER IN LAW, THE STUNNING LYNN, PICKED ME UP AT MY HOME. WE "HANG" OUT TOGETHER EVEN THOUGH WE WEREN'T SEATED AT THE SAME TABLE. DURING ONE PRE-BALL WE ALSO HAPPILY "HUNG OUT". I KEPT SUGGESTING THAT WE HAVE MORE APPLE MARTINIS UNTIL HER HUSBAND "CUT HER OFF". DUNNO IF SHE HAS A DRINKING PROBLEM--BUT THAT IS PERSONAL. NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CONFIRMATION CARDS SENT OUT. YOUR PERSONAL CHECK IS YOUR CONFIRMATION AND RECEIPT.

LAST, ONE OF MY FAVORITE ASPECTS IS THE DINING AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW I LIVE TO EAT! APPETIZER COURSE WILL CONSIST OF BUTLERED FOOD AND A CRUDITE STATION. DINNER WILL NO LONGER BE SIT DOWN. THERE WILL BE A BUFFET PASTA STATION WITH SALAD AND ITALIAN BREADS. THEN A CARVING STATION WITH VEGETABLES AND POTATOES. WHY, WE ALSO GET A SEAFOOD STATION AND A CHICKEN STATION. WOW! CALL ME IN HEAVEN TO BE ABLE TO EAT AS MUCH AS I CAN. THEN IT ALL ENDS WITH CHEESECAKE SERVED WITH COFFEE AND TEA. AND GUESS WHAT? BEER, WINE, AND SOFT DRINKS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE. YIPEE! ALL OTHER DRINKS WILL BE AT AN EVENING LONG OPEN CASH BAR.

WELL, THERE YOU HAVE IT. ANOTHER OF SAM'S LONG, LONG POSTS. I HAVE FUN WRITING THEM HOWEVER. I WILL BE PAYING FOR THE EVENT LAST MINUTE AS I CAN NEVER PREDICT THAT I WILL BE IN MENTALLY GOOD SHAPE. PRAY FOR ME THAT WILL BE SO...
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linz1
09-27-2021
05:06 AM ET (US)
And the new Legacy of Mario Lanza does not disappoint. A celebration of Mario's greatest movie, Serenade. Oh, for that to come out in Sting-Ray or whatever that new-fangled nonsense is called.
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linz1
09-26-2021
07:31 PM ET (US)
Given that these are such touchy times, it occurs to me I should make clear that of course I don't seriously consider Armando "old and wizened." That, too, was a tease. As anyone can see from his recent appearance with Derek and Vince, he is as handsome and vibrant as ever.

After Damon died, Aaron Caruso told me that he and Damon used to ring each other up for the express purpose of insulting each other, competing to see who could come up with the most colourful put-down of the other, both laughing uproariously the entire time. I think Mario would have enjoyed that, and participated too. Probably would have enjoyed Rory's allusions as well!

Looking forward to opening the latest Lanza Legacy later today!
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-26-2021
09:17 AM ET (US)
Thank you Carmel, hope to hear more thoughts from you about Mario Lanza. I sense you could be a valuable member of this forum if you wanted to be.

Linz, I see you have found a new go to word - Wokeness. Well, it is better than mental pygmies. If you use it correctly it can be a good thing, at least if you adhere to "urban" definitions.

I remember Rory and he provided some good information, especially about what made Lanza unique from a singer's point of view. I was never offended by the information he provided. You must recall what I was "offended" by and that was what I thought to be the uncalled for use of sexual acts, oral sex acts to be exact, that I hardly see has a place here where many women lurk. They would be the ones offended, not so much me. He could have used numerous analogies to highlight his point (and in an even more persuasive way). Why he chose the one he did is a mystery but I only pointed out to him that because of the number of women here, he might want to use different language. He might not have known this being so new to the forum and I pointed it out, not to scold him which I did not do, but to inform him in a respectful manner. There is a difference but once again, I am sorry if he thought I was scolding him.
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linz1
09-26-2021
03:01 AM ET (US)
Dear Martino,

I fear you just became a victim of your own Wokeness. The ultra-unwoke Armando I first met would have enjoyed with hilarity your banter and teasing, but at some point became Woke and "sensitive" (of course, he's far too old and wizened to attract such a lovely, young—but seemingly humourless—woman). As did I. Alas, that went out of fashion 20 or more years ago, and now everyone (especially someone with a now-worthless PhD before his or her name) wakes up with the intent of finding something to be "offended" by. As you were "offended" by my friend Rory's post here which might otherwise have led to an upsurge of postings by young voice students. I suppose it's good that Carmel has forgiven you—but really, there was nothing to forgive you for.
Edited 09-26-2021 03:01 AM
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Carmel to Sam
09-25-2021
11:32 PM ET (US)

Dear Sam, I have fond memories of you, your wife and Ron. We had some great times! It’s so good of you to come to the aid of your friend Martino, it has helped to clarify the matter, and we can now move on. Take care!
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Carmel to Martino
09-25-2021
11:16 PM ET (US)
Dear Martino, apology accepted –thank you for your explanation. I’m humbled by your compliments, but you must understand that since you posted your remarks not once, but twice, I saw them as a clear indication that, for some unknown reason, you were targeting Armando. All good, let's start again.
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gary from Halifax
09-25-2021
09:21 PM ET (US)
Hello Carmel.. I post here on occasion, but have been posting here off and on for years.
During these years I have learned a great deal concerning Lanza and a great deal concerning opera through the words posted by Martino. I consider Martino a friend. I have never espied anything written here by Martino to be hurtful or demeaning to anyone. Martino is a stalwart
member of this forum and his writings help keep this forum a terrific site to visit and take part.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-25-2021
06:11 AM ET (US)
My dear Carmel, if I offended you I am sorry. As Sam said, I was joking and my words meant something entirely different than what you thought. I have a great deal of respect for your husband and consider his work on Lanza's life one of the best and his knowledge about Mario second to none. I meant the comments to be taking as a compliment to you directly as the lovely lady you are, and indirectly to Armando as well who is fortunate to have you. I'm sorry it did not turn out that way and I extend my apologies to you and also to Armando if he also felt slighted.
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SAM MILLION
09-25-2021
04:51 AM ET (US)
DEAREST CARMEL, I AM PRETTY SURE MARTINO DIDN'T MEAN TO SAY HURTFUL THINGS (EXCEPT HIS SAYING YOU ARE TOO YOUNG AND PRETTY FOR ARMANDO, WHICH I BELIEVE WAS A JOKE). HE IS VERY RESPECTED ON THE RENSE FORUM FOR HIS KNOWLEDGE AND OFTEN PERCEPTIVE POSTS. JUST AS ARMANDO IS RESPECTED FOR HIS GREAT BIO ON MARIO. (I OFTEN THINK BACK TO THE NIGHT WHEN ARMANDO, MY FRIEND RON FROM ST. LOUIS, AND I GOT TOGETHER AFTER A LANZA BALL AND LET LOOSE IN SOME NIGHT SPOT WHERE WE SANG AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS!! I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER MEETING YOU SINCE YOU WERE SO SINCERE AND AS MARIO'S COKE SHOW ANNOUNCER ONCE SAID "RICH, YOUNG, AND PRETTY" WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT DESCRIBE YOU. I FOR ONE WISH YOU GUYS LIVED A LOT CLOSER THAN ITALY!
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Carmel to Martino
09-24-2021
11:44 PM ET (US)
Your repeated personal attacks on my husband, Armando, are both nasty and insulting.
Who are you?
You don’t know either me or Armando but your venomous remarks certainly reveal much about the kind of person that you are.
You are no different to the harsh, uncaring Hollywood people and the cynical press Mario had to endure.
Your comments are thoughtless with no regard to people's feelings and totally uncalled for!
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Bill Ronayne
09-24-2021
03:54 PM ET (US)

The October 2021 issue of "The Legacy of Mario Lanza" newsletter has just been published and mailed out. It features coverage of several recent events at the Lanza Museum, a look at Mario's various recordings of "La Danza," and a variety of articles and photos concluding our commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the release of "Serenade" plus the regular features. Best, Bill
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