Valentine’s Special! John Hudson, Mario Lanza, and Me
It’s 1973. I’m a boy living in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and we’re going through another bloomin’ power cut.
My life is about to change completely and forever. Sitting in the candle lit gloom with nothing but a wind up gramophone, I decide to play a record. Not wanting to ruin one of my own LPs, I try one of my parent’s – some geezer called Mario Lanza. Two things happened. Firstly, I discovered that you can’t play modern vinyl on a wind up gramophone – trust me, my backside still hurts, and secondly, I don’t know how to describe it, a miracle? Corny old songs from the 40s and 50s, but that voice…that absolutely electrifying voice…
Twenty years later and I’m singing Rodolpho in la Boheme at the Coliseum for ENO and it’s Mario Lanza’s fault. Well now I’m returning the favour.
In this loving tribute to one of the world’s greatest voices, by, if I may say so, a half decent tenor, let me introduce you to Mario Lanza. To that voice.
Stolen from the opera world by Hollywood, he became the world’s first “crossover” artist. In this modern age of Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, the X Factor and the Voice, we have become accustomed to classical voices in the charts. Well, come and meet the Daddy of ’em all.
Whether an old friend, or someone you’ve never heard of, allow me to show you how he changed not only MY life, but the lives of many more.
With songs such as Be My Love, Serenade, Because and I’ll Walk With God, he captured the hearts of a generation.
Come and meet him. I’ll give you an evening you’ll never forget.”
Wednesday 14 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions