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Mario Lanza

Liane speaks with Roland Bessette [bess-ETT], author of Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile(Amadeus Press). The singer, born on this day in 1921, considered himself "Caruso reincarnate". Since he made a name for himself primarily in the movies and on radio, some opera purists didn''t take Lanza seriously, but Bessette says the singer''s talent and influence are undeniable. 17:59 NOTE: Due to Internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form.

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