New book asserts Mario Lanza was greatest tenor, singer of all time

Written in English and Italian, “A Kid from Philadelphia: Mario Lanza, The Voice of the Poets” by Emilio Iodice features essays about the famed movie star, radio idol and lyrical opera tenor
(PR NewsChannel) / April 12, 2012 / CHICAGO 

"A Kid from Philadelphia: Mario Lanza, The Voice of the Poets"

"A Kid from Philadelphia: Mario Lanza, The Voice of the Poets" by Emilio Iodice

In “A Kid from Philadelphia: Mario Lanza, The Voice of the Poets” (ISBN 1470062917), Emilio Iodice explores the life of one of the greatest lyric opera talents of the 20th century. Today, his life, music and films are undergoing a revival of popularity by a generation who longs for an artist with a commanding stage presence. Mario Lanza once had an unusual ability to crossover from the elite world of opera into popular music and Hollywood films.

Blessed with handsome looks and megawatt charisma, Lanza is known for his work on the silver screen and radio as much as his crystalline spinto tenor voice. “A Kid from Philadelphia” includes many original images and photos of the artist. Quite different from a traditional biography, the work is built around Iodice’s highly affectionate essays which discuss Lanza’s upbringing in Philadelphia and his emulation of his hero, tenor Enrico Caruso.

Iodice is a university professor who has spent decades studying the top operatic voices of the past century. In his essays, he maps out the kinetic appeal of Lanza whose reign of fame lasted only a few years but nonetheless completed films, records, ballads and productions that would have taken other artists decades to achieve. 

“A Kid from Philadelphia” will be enjoyed by both longtime fans of the tenor and a new generation of music lovers who have just begun to soak up his work in film, opera and popular music. Lanza lives on through his singular influence over subsequent generations of artists such as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Readers will get to know Lanza beyond his considerable talents and discover the soul behind the man who performed and lived life to its excess.

“A Kid from Philadelphia” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: Emilio Iodice has worked as a senior American diplomat, a business executive, public official and university professor. He has earned degrees from Fordham University, the City University of New York and Bernard Baruch College. Widely travelled, he speaks several foreign languages.

Emilio Iodice
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