"My God, could that man sing!"

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2013-05-21 07:33

I have a friend, Jeff Rense, who's internationally famous as a radio host specialising in banking conspiracies, Illuminati, alien abductions and the like. He knows I think all that is unutterable nonsense, but I look past it in his case because he appreciates as few others do, and has promoted the glory of as few others have, the singing of Mario Lanza. He's just broadcast an interview with an eminent Wagnerian (seems I have to look past a hell of a lot!) bass-baritone named Noel Tyl, on the greatness of Mario. Having just been playing one of Jeff's Mario CDs, Noel says he listened to as much as his heart and libido could withstand. No higher compliment could be paid than that. "Heart and libido" are what Mario was all about. Here's the interview:

The Great Gedda

Lindsay Perigo's picture

I think Gedda's well enough recognised as the great artist he was. I didn't know he was ever scheduled to sing here. Thanks for the clip—haven't heard that one in years.

He attended Mario's Royal Albert Hall concert in 1958. According to biographer Cesari, his verdict was: "the greatest tenor voice I've ever heard."

Stunning high notes and passion

Ty's picture

Mario certainly could knock your socks off with his high notes and singing verve.
There is probably still a bit of operatic snobbery about that doesn't place him at the high level he deserves simply because of a lack of formal training.
But I'd give taken passion ahead of technical mastery any day.
Another great tenor who to me hasn't had the recognition he deserves is Nicolai Gedda (1925 -)
I planned to see Gedda perform in Auckland many years ago, but the concert was cancelled.
He also fought a bit of snobbery because he sung in operetta, which some look down on.
Here's Nicolai Gedda singing from the operetta Die Bettelstudent. Gasp at the finishing note.


Lindsay Perigo's picture

Evidently Mr Tyl went from being a Wagnerian bass-baritone to being an astrologer. I guess the relationship between astrology and reality is similar to that between Wagner and music—occasionally the two coincide, by accident. Evil So there's a natural progression there.

Actually, I spoke to Mr Tyl by telephone for half an hour today, to garner some gems from him for my upcoming Lanza book. He's an absolute sweetheart. There's a serious lesson here for Objectivists: we have seriously underestimated the capacity of human beings to compartmentalise. Some of the most wonderful people believe the most ludicrous nonsense—the wonderful Mr Cresswell, for instance, believes Wagner wrote music not just occasionally but routinely—and remain wonderful in spite of it.

And yes, the clip from O Sole Mio is extraordinary. Heroic reckless abandon. As Jeff Rense observed, "unduplicatable."

Excellent taste on both scores

Peter Cresswell's picture

Seems to me Mr Tyl shows excellent taste on both scores--on both Lanza and Wagner. Clearly a fine and very discerning human being.

And that 'Sole Mio' ... it's frickin' extraordinary, isn't it!?


gregster's picture

They both speak well.


Olivia's picture

interview! Sheer passion and balls (heart and libido). Eye

I love that the 88 year old woman stayed alive just to listen to that voice. The voice of heroic reckless abandon. How beautiful.

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