Mario Lanza

Mario Lanza

Real Name:
Alfred Arnold Cocozza
Born: 31 January 1921, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 07 October 1959, Naples, Italy (aged 38)

Lanza was a classically-trained vocalist, who recorded everything- from operas, to musical comedy and to popular music.

Lanza grew up a handsome and athletic youth, helping out in his family's grocery store in Philadelphia. He gained his appreciation of music as a young boy, listening to his father's recordings of the great operatic singer Enrico Caruso, which he would accompany for the entertainment of customers and neighbors. When he was nineteen he began to receive voice-coaching for two years from the former operatic singer Irene Williams. Lanza was then awarded a scholarship to the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, after auditioning for Serge Koussevitzky.

On completion of his scholarship he was drafted and eventually transferred to Special Services, appearing in two shows for the army as part of the 'Winged Victory' concerts created by Moss Hart, billed as 'The Caruso of the Air Force'.

Aged 26, Lanza performed at the Hollywood Bowl where he impressed three members of the audience from MGM, Ida Koverman, Louis B. Mayer and Kathryn Grayson. Mayer signed him to the film company and he made his debut in 'That Midnight Kiss' with Grayson and Ethel Barrymore, followed by a number of successful films. Lanza's most notable film was 'The Great Caruso', in 1951, in which he played the part of the heralded singer who had provided the inspiration for his career in operatic entertainment.

Mario Lanza Discography


WDM 1330 Mario Lanza That Midnight Kiss (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal WDM 1330 US 1949 Sell This Version
WDM 1417 Mario Lanza The Toast Of New Orleans(2x7", Album, Red) RCA Victor Red Seal WDM 1417 US 1950 Sell This Version
ALP 1071 Mario Lanza Melodies From The Film "The Great Caruso" (Album) His Master's Voice ALP 1071 UK 1951 Sell This Version
WDM 1649 Mario Lanza Mario Lanza Sings Christmas Songs (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal WDM 1649 US 1951 Sell This Version
DM-7015 Mario Lanza Mario Lanza Sings From M-G-M's Because You're Mine (Album, EP) RCA Victor Red Seal DM-7015 US 1952 Sell This Version
LM-1860-C Mario Lanza A Kiss And Other Love Songs (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1860-C Germany 1954 Sell This Version
LM-1837 Mario Lanza The Student Prince (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1837 Canada 1954 Sell This Version
LM-1996-C Mario Lanza Mario Lanza In "Serenade" (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1996-C Germany 1956 Sell This Version
LM-1943 Mario Lanza The Magic Mario RCA Red Seal LM-1943 US 1956 Sell This Version
LM-2029 Mario Lanza Lanza Sings Christmas Carols (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2029 US 1956 Sell This Version
BLP 1091 Mario Lanza Lanza On B'way (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal BLP 1091 UK 1956 Sell This Version
LM-2090 Mario Lanza Cavalcade Of Show Tunes (Album) RCA Red Seal LM-2090 US 1957 Sell This Version
RA-13001 Mario Lanza Seven Hills Of Rome (Album, MiniAlbum) RCA Victor Red Seal RA-13001 UK 1958 Sell This Version
LM-1127, LM 1127 Mario Lanza The Great Caruso (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1127, LM 1127 US 1950 Sell This Version
CAL-450 Mario Lanza You Do Something To Me (Comp, Album) RCA Camden, RCA Camden CAL-450 USA & Canada 1957 Sell This Version
LSC-2331 Mario Lanza Mario! (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2331 US 1959 Sell This Version
RB-16158 Mario Lanza For The First Time (Original Soundtrack) RCA Victor Red Seal RB-16158 UK 1959 Sell This Version
OBLP 7502 Mario Lanza The Student Prince (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal OBLP 7502 UK 1954 Sell This Version
LM-2454 Mario Lanza A Mario Lanza Programme (Album) RCA Red Seal LM-2454 US 1960 Sell This Version
LM-2440-C Mario Lanza The Desert Song (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2440-C Germany 1960 Sell This Version
LM-1927 Mario Lanza The Touch Of Your Hand (Album) RCA Red Seal, RCA Red Seal LM-1927 US 1955 Sell This Version
LPM 10077 Mario Lanza Mario Lanza Sings Caruso Favorites (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LPM 10077 Italy 1960 Sell This Version
LM-2422 Mario Lanza Double Feature - Toast Of New Orleans / That Midnight Kiss(LP) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2422 Canada 1960 Sell This Version
SB-2135, SB.2135 Mario Lanza The Vagabond King (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal SB-2135, SB.2135 UK 1961 Sell This Version
LME-1188 RE Mario Lanza Love Songs & A Neapolitan Serenade (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LME-1188 RE Turkey 1962 Sell This Version

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