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Building a career on "A voice blessed by God"
photo of tenor Mario Lanza with his mentor and managerWhile in New York for test recordings with RCA, Mario made a living by giving the occasional concert and singing on the radio. He knew he had a great tenor voice, and felt in his heart of hearts he was destined to be the American Caruso. But he was a young man who loved the good life, somewhat brash and undisciplined. His voice needed to be tamed - and he knew it. As luck would have it, he was introduced to Sam Weiler,  a wealthy real estate businessman and philanthropist who once dreamed of becoming a great tenor himself. He would become Mario's mentor, patron and business manager. Weiler sent off the young tenor to study with Enrico Rosati, who had taught the Italian tenor Beniamino Gigli - thought to be the great Caruso's successor at the MET. On hearing Mario sing, Rosati is reported to have exclaimed, "You're the one I've been waiting for. You have a voice blessed by God!" Mario studied with Rosati for a year and then signed up with Columbia Artists which was planning a concert tour of the United States, Canada and Mexico, in which Mario Lanza was to be the tenor of a singing trio.

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