Mario Lanza: A Radical Reassessment
A Biographical Essay by Derek McGovern
©Derek McGovern, 2016
Caruso, Enrico Jr. and Andrew Farkas. Enrico Caruso – My Father and My Family. New York: Amadeus, 1990.
Cesari, Armando. Mario Lanza: An American Tragedy. Fort Worth: Baskerville, 2004.
Fogel, Henry. Fanfare. November 1987 and January 1990 editions.
Recommended Lanza Biographies
In my admittedly biased opinion, Armando Cesari's Mario Lanza: An American Tragedy (Baskerville, 2004) is the definitive Lanza biography. For more information on this book, click here. Of the remaining Lanza biographies, The Mario Lanza Story by Constantine Callinicos and Ray Robinson (Coward & McCann, 1960) – though often inaccurate and self-serving – is intermittently interesting, and Mario Lanza: Singing to the Gods by Derek Mannering (Mississippi UP, 2005) is a straightforward if musically undernourished account of Lanza's life. These and other English-language biographies are discussed in detail on our forum here.
While not a biography as such, Mannering's Mario Lanza: A Life in Pictures (Robert Hale, 2004; reprinted 2015) is a handsome collection of Lanza photographs. Also recommended is Lindsay Perigo's 2015 e-book of celebratory essays, interviews and reviews, Mario Lanza: The One Tenor.
Other Mario Lanza websites
Forum: Mario Lanza, Tenor (a companion to this site)
The Lanza Legend
Roberto Scandurra's Italian site (in Italian & English)
Opera Club de Paris--Mario Lanza (in French and English)
Jeff Rense's Mario Lanza site
British Mario Lanza Society