New (Kindle *and* Paperback!) Edition of Linz's 'The One Tenor: A Salute to Mario Lanza'

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Submitted by Derek McGovern on Tue, 2016-07-12 09:59

New (Kindle *and* Paperback!) Edition of Linz's 'The One Tenor: A Salute to Mario Lanza'

I've just posted the following item about Linz's updated edition of The One Tenor on my website, Mario Lanza, Tenor (

Lanza aficionado and broadcaster Lindsay Perigo has done his idol proud with his much-revised third edition of The One Tenor: A Salute to Mario Lanza, an unashamedly eclectic collection of essays, reviews, interviews, and even a sonnet. This is the first time the book has appeared in paperback form, and it’s been given a major makeover, with some eye-poppingly vivid colour photographs and an astute selection of striking black and white pics.

​More importantly, its written content---most of it penned by the inimitable Linz himself---has been radically restructured, with the essays and articles now logically organized into four broad categories: Lanza the person and artist (“A Sense of Life”); reviews of selected recordings (“My God, Could That Man Sing”), reminiscences from colleagues and assorted tributes (“Fans, Friends, Family and Fellow-Artists”), and an extended interview with biographer Roland Bessette (“Controversy”). As I note in my preface to The One Tenor, the Bessette section is worth the price of the book alone, with Linz (an interviewer without peer in his native New Zealand) probing the lawyer-author at length regarding his contentious theory that Lanza suffered from undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder, and then responding good-humoredly with his own (eminently plausible) theory as to why the great tenor’s career was so erratic.

The book also boasts a magnificent new Foreword from leading contemporary tenor Joseph Calleja, a dyed-in-the-wool Lanza enthusiast who, among other things, handily demolishes the myth that his idol’s voice was created in the recording studios. Other sterling additions include a postscript that includes an extraordinary 2015 assessment of Lanza by Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera House; and (most gratifyingly to this writer!) up-to-the-minute reviews of all four Lanza CDs released by Sepia Records in 2015-2016. (Information about those CDs can be found at the above link.)

Linz’s book is available now in both Kindle and paperback form, and in the few weeks since its publication late last month has already hit the #1 spot on Amazon’s “Hot new [book] releases” chart in opera. That’s great news for Linz—and great news for Lanza, whose rightful place among the operatic giants of the last century has never been more secure. As for the quality of the book itself, our own Dr. Lee Ann Cafferata (co-founder of this site) is right on the money when she observes that its "thoughtful, subjective, fast-paced and heartwarming [essays] . . . give us brilliance and calamity, sometimes on the same page."

Get yourself a copy today!

Hunk Alert!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Horrible news.

Olivia's picture

A stunningly gorgeous man with a real talent - at 55, that truly is a tragedy. RIP.
Bloody cancer!

RIP Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Lindsay Perigo's picture

The great baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has just died in a London hospital from a brain tumour diagnosed some time ago. His death at the age of 55 while still in full vocal bloom is a tragedy. Dmitri was inspired to sing by Mario: "It was Mario Lanza. He had a thrilling voice, and the first time I heard him I thought, I want to sing like that."

Jeff Rense writes

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Congratulations to Lindsay on the remarkable success of his book, The One Tenor. No Lanza fan can be 'complete' without reading this extraordinary approach to profiling the Lanza voice and legacy. He has always been an exceptionally diverse observer and, as you know, writes on a wide range of topics…from classical music reviews to political and social topics, like the engineered destruction of America…our country has been taken from 13 Trillion to 21 Trillion in debt in just 7 years…that's not 'politics'...that's reality. And speaking of 'reality'…what IS it anymore? Remember Orwell? This is a worthy commentary of where we are and where we are heading… As for 'politics', I will just say it is profoundly obvious we are at the Final Crossroads now. America will soon decide its fate. (Barring vote fraud or electoral college fraud or fraud fraud). In The One Tenor, the reader is led through a feast of remarkable words, gourmet expressions and unique creativity and insight. Few can write from the heart as effectively as does Mr. Perigo…as you will see for yourself, if you haven't already. There can never be too many wonderful books on Lanza whose memory and living voice are blessed with some truly amazing volumes. The descriptive exuberance and masterful phrase-turning of Mr. Perigo in The One Tenor, are often magical, indeed. I was honored to make a small contribution to this unique and indispensable work. There are so many textures and harmonics to Mario's life...and many of them are brought to vivid, colorful, sparkling life here.


Lindsay Perigo's picture

I hadn't quite realised how tacky Kindle is till I got the hard copy of my own book having had it out on Kindle only for so long. Phooey to Kindle!

Proud Dinosaur


gregster's picture

Listen to these while you wait. They are beautiful.

Un all'azzuro spazio; Lamento di Federico; E lucevan le stelle; M'appari; Come un bel di di maggio; Mamma mia, che vo' sape; Che gelida manina.

Edit: I got my copy yesterday. One book in the hand is worth more than two on the iPad. Looks excellent.

Linz - Its on the way , , ,

Neil Parille's picture

Arriving Tuesday
Not yet shipped
Track package
The One Tenor: A Salute to Mario Lanza
Perigo, Lindsay
Sold by: LLC
Buy it Again


Lindsay Perigo's picture

Thank you Neil! Note it's hard copy but not hard cover—it's paperback. Amazon makes on charge ridiculous prices for books containing colour photos, as this one does, so hard cover would have too expensive altogether for most folks.


Linz - Just Bought It

Neil Parille's picture

In hardcover,

How I could I avoid a book by a fellow Italian-American from Philadelphia?

Special Deal!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

The updated Kindle version of The One Tenor is available for 99 cents for the next forty hours. Special Amazon promotion. Be in! Smiling But do buy the hard copy as well. Smiling

I look forward to the update

gregster's picture

And the paperback version. Mine's due around July 27th.

And those Sepia CDs are excellent Derek. Now I'll check out your review of the book..

Thank you!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Derek, it was worth writing the book just to get a review like yours! Must have worked too—I'm back at #1!!

Lady Slapper: It sustains me, knowing that Mario would indeed have loved it. Seeing you on the back cover, though, he'd have been impossible to fend off. Not that you would have even begun to try! Evil

Nephew Vardo: Why are you not the LP candidate instead of that wimp Johnson?!

I have a copy...

Olivia's picture

and it is simply beautiful.
Beautifully written, beautifully produced and beautifully pictorial!
A work of art all round.
Mario would love it!! Smiling

Splendidly done Lord Whopper Flopper.


mvardoulis's picture

"The One Tenor" is increasing mightily in scope and influence, as it so well deserves!

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