Tenor Mark Vincent will pay tribute to Mario Lanza with his show at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre on July 10.
'A Tribute to Mario Lanza' will see Mr Vincent perform the songs from his number one Classical Crossover album that pays homage to the American/Italian tenor and Hollywood film star of the 1940s and 1950s.
"I have loved and revered Mario Lanza my whole life. From a young age I listened to Mario Lanza sing and his films have always been amongst my favourites," Mr Vincent said.
"The opportunity to pay tribute to Mario Lanza with my album was something truly special. And now in 2021, as we observe Mario's 100th birthday, I am honoured to tour this show that celebrates his music."
Singing from the age of 15, Mr Vincent has gone on to become one of Australia's most beloved tenors, having released nine consecutive number one ARIA Classical Crossover Albums, earning accolades both nationally and internationally.
Mr Vincent's last album 'A Tribute to Mario Lanza' contains the ground breaking 'virtual duet' of "Because You're Mine" with the Hollywood legend.
The 'duet' made headlines and received the patronage of Mario Lanza's daughter, Ellisa Lanza Bregman, who gave permission for the re-recoding of the 'virtual duet' and said, "I'm pleased to allow my father's recorded voice to be joined on this historic recording by the exciting young tenor, Mark Vincent."
Like many other tenors, Mark discovered Mario Lanza through the film, The Great Caruso. Mark describes that moment, saying, "Throughout the whole movie I was in awe and struck by the incredible beauty of operatic singing and the urgency and intensity of his voice. It has been a life-long dream of mine to record an album as a tribute to an artist who was an inspiration to many modern singers including The Three Tenors, Andrea Bocelli, and even Elvis Presley. I am so proud to be the first Australian tenor to have recorded this album and tour this show across Australia."
Released by Sony Music Australia, Tribute debuted at number 3 on the ARIA Album Charts, and at #1 on the ARIA Classical Crossover Charts. The album went on to be the highest-selling ARIA Classical Crossover album of 2017.
The audience can expect an intimate evening with Mark Vincent performing songs and arias made popular by the great Italian-American tenor and actor Mario Lanza including "Because You're Mine", "Be My Love", The Loveliest Night of the Year" and "Nessun Dorma" to name a few.
Two shows will be held on July 10 - 2pm and 7pm - to comply with Covid restrictions.