The Mario Lanza Story

Michael Freedland presents a four-part series looking at the life and career of the great tenor.

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Born Freddy Cocozza in Philadelphia, he went on to make hundreds of recordings and eight films. Although hugely successful, he battled with alcoholism and overeating and died at only 38. With contributions from Kathryn Grayson, Sammy Cahn, Red Buttons, Terry Robinson, Pandro Berman, Joseph Pasternak and Jose Carreras

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa presents a revealing portrait of an extraordinary singing talent who influenced a whole generation of tenors, including Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

Lured away from a promising future in opera by Hollywood's millions, Lanza's career rise was meteoric. Yet his story is a real American tragedy. He suffered ill-health after years of drinking, overeating and crash dieting, there was a split from MGM, and his career was curtailed by an untimely death, at the age of 38.

The Mario Lanza Story features interviews with, among others, Lanza's daughter Ellisa, his best friend Terry Robinson, renowned tenor Jose Carreras and actor Terence Stamp.

This documentary first broadcast in October 2009, to mark the 50th anniversary of his death (on 7 October 1959).

50 years ago this month, in October 1959, the well-loved singer and Hollywood star Mario Lanza died in an Italian clinic at the tender age of 38.

In this two part series, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa presents a revealing portrait of an extraordinary singing talent who influenced a whole generation of tenors, including Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

Lured away from a promising future in opera by Hollywood's millions, Lanza's career rise was meteoric.

Yet his story is a real American tragedy.

He suffered ill-health after years of drinking, overeating and crash dieting, there was a split from MGM, and his career was curtailed by an untimely death.

The Mario Lanza Story features brand new interviews with, among others, Lanza's daughter Ellisa, his best friend Terry Robinson, renowned tenor Jose Carreras and actor Terence Stamp.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa profiles the stormy life of singer Mario Lanza.

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa presents a revealing portrait of an extraordinary singing talent who influenced a whole generation of tenors, including Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

Lured away from a promising future in opera by Hollywood's millions, Lanza's career rise was meteoric.

Yet his story is a real American tragedy.

He suffered ill-health after years of drinking, overeating and crash dieting, there was a split from MGM, and his career was curtailed by an untimely death, at the age of 38.

The Mario Lanza Story features interviews with, among others, Lanza's daughter Ellisa, his best friend Terry Robinson, renowned tenor Jose Carreras and actor Terence Stamp.

This documentary first broadcast in October 2009, to mark the 50th anniversary of his death [on 7 October 1959].

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa profiles the stormy life of singer Mario Lanza.

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In this second programme, he outlines the early life and career of the performer, from his time as an odd-job man and boxer to his first steps toward stardom championed by conductors like Koussevitsky and Toscanini.

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa presents a revealing portrait of an extraordinary singing talent who influenced a whole generation of tenors, including Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

Lured away from a promising future in opera by Hollywood's millions, Lanza's career rise was meteoric. Yet his story is a real American tragedy. He suffered ill-health after years of drinking, overeating and crash dieting, there was a split from MGM, and his career was curtailed by an untimely death, at the age of 38.

The Mario Lanza Story features interviews with, among others, Lanza's daughter Ellisa, his best friend Terry Robinson, renowned tenor Jose Carreras and actor Terence Stamp.

This documentary first broadcast in October 2009, to mark the 50th anniversary of his death (on 7 October 1959).

50 years ago this month, in October 1959, the well-loved singer and Hollywood star Mario Lanza died in an Italian clinic at the tender age of 38. In this two part series, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa presents a revealing portrait of an extraordinary singing talent who influenced a whole generation of tenors, including Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

Lured away from a promising future in opera by Hollywood's millions, Lanza's career rise was meteoric. Yet his story is a real American tragedy. He suffered ill-health after years of drinking, overeating and crash dieting, there was a split from MGM, and his career was curtailed by an untimely death.

The Mario Lanza Story features brand new interviews with, among others, Lanza's daughter Ellisa, his best friend Terry Robinson, renowned tenor Jose Carreras and actor Terence Stamp.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa profiles the stormy life of singer Mario Lanza.

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa presents a revealing portrait of an extraordinary singing talent who influenced a whole generation of tenors, including Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

Lured away from a promising future in opera by Hollywood's millions, Lanza's career rise was meteoric.

Yet his story is a real American tragedy.

He suffered ill-health after years of drinking, overeating and crash dieting, there was a split from MGM, and his career was curtailed by an untimely death, at the age of 38.

The Mario Lanza Story features interviews with, among others, Lanza's daughter Ellisa, his best friend Terry Robinson, renowned tenor Jose Carreras and actor Terence Stamp.

This documentary first broadcast in October 2009, to mark the 50th anniversary of his death [on 7 October 1959].

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa profiles the stormy life of singer Mario Lanza.

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This third programme chronicles Lanza's arrival in Hollywood and his early success with `That Midnight Kiss', `The Toast of New Orleans' and `The Great Caruso'. With contributions from Kathryn Grayson, Joseph Pasternak, Hedda Hopper, Norman Taurog, Vince Edwards, Jill Robinson Shaw, Jose Carreras and Pandro Berman.

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This edition examines the final years of the singer's life - marred by overeating, drinking and general dissipation. Helping to tell the story of those years are Joseph Pasternak, Edmund Purdom, Kathryn Grayson, Jill Robinson Shaw and Jose Carreras