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Ezio Pinza – Some Enchanted Evening with Mary Martin – Very Rare

Ezio Pinza – Some Enchanted Evening with Mary Martin – Very Rare –

Ezio Pinza born on May 18, 1892 was an Italian opera singer. A bass with a rich, smooth and sonorous voice, he spent 22 seasons at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, appearing in more than 750 performances of 50 operas. At the San Francisco Opera, Pinza sang 26 roles during 20 seasons from 1927 to 1948. Pinza also sang to great acclaim at La Scala, Milan, and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

After retiring from the Met in 1948, Pinza enjoyed a fresh career on Broadway in the musical theatre and also appeared in several Hollywood films.

Pinza, christened Fotunio, was born in modest circumstances in Rome in 1892 and grew up on Italy’s east coast, in the ancient city of Ravenna. He studied singing at Bologna’s Conservatorio Martini, making his operatic debut in 1914, as Oroveso in Norma at Cremona.

Pinza’s repertoire consisted of some 95 classical roles. He retired from the Metropolitan Opera in 1948 and embarked on a second career in Broadway musicals. In April 1949, he appeared in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, originating the role of French Planter Emil de Becque, and his operatic-style, highly expressive performance of the hit song “Some Enchanted Evening” made him a matinĂ©e idol and a national celebrity. In 1950, he received a Tony Award for best lead actor in a musical.

Ezio sang under the baton of Toscanini in 1935, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, as the bass soloist in performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. One of these performances was broadcast by CBS and preserved on transcription discs; this recording has been issued on LPs and CDs. He also sang in the February 6, 1938, NBC Symphony Orchestra’s broadcast performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. These performances both took place in Carnegie Hall. Unbelievably, In March 1942 he was arrested and detained 3 months on Ellis Island with hundreds of other Italo Americans who were suspected of supporting the Axis.

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