The voice and artistry of Mario Lanza touch hearts and lives over decades and across generations. His music weaves into the fabric of daily life and of memories. Those who love his voice share their personal stories and thoughts here, in "Personal Reflections,"and talk together on the forum Mario Lanza, Tenor.
On First Hearing Mario Lanza, by James Kilbourne The warmth started somewhere in my chest and slowly spread throughout my body. At first it was the power; then came the feeling of intensity. It was Christmas of 1951 or 1952—I can’t remember, although the difference to me is profound. <read more>
Voice in the Night, by Derek McGovern Although I couldn’t articulate it then, I was fascinated not only by Mario’s feeling for the words, but by the dynamics of his singing --- how he could go from soft to loud (and soft again) in an instant. <read more>
Lanza the Spark, by Gary Maidens As his voice resonated through the house and my body—along with the 'Dad' smell of pipe tobacco or even a cigar—I felt comfort, safety, and at the same time a heightened sense of amazement and wonder at the sheer beauty of The Voice. <read more>
The Magic of Mario, by Muriel Agnello "If there's a song in your heart, willing and eager to start, then you'll belong where that song means the most, and can make you the Toast of New Orleans." The sound of the voice singing these words made me bolt upright in my chair! <read more>
If I Loved You, by Muriel Agnello ”If I loved you, time and again I would try to say all I’d want you to know. If I loved you, words wouldn’t come in an easy way. Round in circles I’d go…” You’d almost think Mario is musing to himself as he sings these words. <read more>
Romance, by Muriel Agnello Musically he explains that it can lift us up from lonely emptiness, that we can all experience it at any time, and that we should be ready to accept it when the opportunity comes to us. <read more>