Mario Lanza: The Best of Everything sheds new light on the life of the world famous tenor who inspired Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo and Bocelli. It arrives on DVD March 20.
Before Elvis and before The Beatles, there was Mario Lanza…a true superstar before the word even existed. An unparalleled singer and film star of his time, Lanza’s legend continues today. The story of his extraordinary rise to fame is told in a brand-new feature documentary Mario Lanza: The Best of Everything which is set for its international broadcast and a UK DVD debut courtesy of Screenbound Pictures.
Mario Lanza was the most famous tenor the world had ever known. Even the greatest tenors of the modern era – Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo and Bocelli – all trace their inspiration back to Lanza. Pop greats such as Elvis and Frank Sinatra also saw him as a great influence and possessing a voice that could never be equalled.
Trained for a career in opera, Lanza became the first true crossover artist when MGM made him a matinee idol during the 1950s with box office hits such as The Toast of New Orleans and The Great Caruso, which was the highest grossing film at the global box office in 1951.
Lanza was the original megastar, a true icon who filled venues all over the world with his unique blend of both classical and popular music hits. His recordings of The Loveliest Night of the Year, O Solo Mio, Beloved and his signature ballad, Be My Love sold millions.
But within 10 years, the star that glowed so brightly burned itself out. Lanza’s sudden passing in 1959 at the age of 38 was the first tragic death of the modern pop and rock era.
Mario Lanza: The Best of Everything is an official new documentary complete with footage of the great man himself and revealing interviews with Russell Watson, Lesley Garrett, Jospeh Valleja, Ellisa Lanza Bregman, Gianluca Terranova, Steve Hackett, Derek Mannering and Dr Voice. It arrives on DVD on March 20 2017 and makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift.