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  1. Philip Tropea says:

    I loved your marvelous comments on the ‘Three Titanic Tenors’. I heard Tucker at the Old Met singing Canio, and Del Monaco in Andrea Chenier (my favorite opera to sing). Their voices were so huge and dramatic that they overshadowed Bjorling, Peerce, etc. I will be mailing my novel, ‘Marco’ today or tomorrow, to Katherine Heraty at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation to see if we could network my dramatic novel with Tucker’s voice into a movie. I’m sending you a copy of it below. Are you a screenwriter? Please keep in touch! Phil Tropea
    Philip Tropea, tenor, author, 4624 Orange Grove Way, Palm Harbor, FL 34684-4023
    Tel: 727 786-8379,,

    Katherine Heraty,
    Richard Tucker Music Foundation
    1790 Broadway, suite 715
    New York, NY 10019-1412
    Dear Katherine, It was a pleasure talking with you about networking the great voice of ‘Reuben Ticker’ with my novel, ‘Marco’. I first heard Richard Tucker’s voice singing ‘E Lucevan Le Stelle’, opening the movie, ‘The Corsican Brothers’, in 1949 (I was 11 years old in Brooklyn and accompanied my mom) starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Hearing my mom sing who was called, ‘all the great sopranos rolled into one’ by conductors, impresarios, etc., and then hearing Tucker’s voice, I was enthralled with the greatest inspiration to sing.
    My dramatic novel, ‘Marco’, is based on both my mom and my singing experiences, which was a tragic parallel. My mom was rehearsing for her singing debut as the soprano leading in Verdi’s, ‘La Forza Del Destino’, with the New Jersey Opera Company during a bitterly cold winter in March1937, and contracted facial paralysis. Her doctor told her that she had Bell’s Palsy and was pregnant – with me! That was the beginning of the parallel. The doctor warned her to stay in bed for the entire pregnancy or lose another child as she did the year before. When I was born my mom didn’t give up. Ninety percent of the paralysis was gone and taught piano and voice in our home, and was asked by our Monsignor to be the church soloist..
    I made my Carnegie Hall debut in ‘Discovery 71’, chosen over all tenors that auditioned. In 1979, Enrico Caruso’s godson, Michele Sisca (whose father had a restaurant in Little Italy, publisher of, ‘La Follia’) referred me to Met Tenor, Giulio Gari, who chose me to sing Cavaradossi in Puccini’s, ‘Tosca’, at Bernard Baruch College. I became very sick and the best doctors in New York couldn’t help me. I gave up singing and moved my wife and 4 children to Ridgefield, CT for peace and quiet. A local ENT doctor sent me for a Cat scan which revealed an acoustic
    neuroma that was growing inwards, crushing my brain. I went to Los Angeles where Dr. William House removed my tumor including my right side hearing and balance nerves. The operation left me deaf in one ear but lucky to be alive and survive the operation without facial paralysis. But like my mom I did not give up. I was scared to sing not knowing if I could hear and follow the music accompaniment, while losing my balance for a year. My friend asked me to sing at the Governor’s Mansion, which was my first concert after the operation which you can hear on . I conceived and developed a musical radio show rated number 3 by Arbitron’s New York Ranker 1993-2000, interviewing Robert Merrill, Tony Randall, Skitch Henderson, Sherrill Milnes, my friend and neighbor, the late Jerry Hadley, and Mrs. Eva Franchi. (I interviewed her many time and advertised the Sergio Franchi Annual Singing Scholarship Foundation. Eva wrote the ‘Foreword for, ‘Marco’.
    My wife and I retired to Florida in 2000 and I’m singing better than ever. In 2009 I published, ‘Marco’. I know that the entire world goes crazy over the tenor voice as evidenced in multi national TV Talent Shows. I think a film adaption of my novel would be a success, especially with the voice of Tucker showcased throughout the movie. The time has come to raise the consciousness of great music and singing which has been missing from our world culture.
    I will call you in early September to give you time to read the enclosed book. It is a fast read of 226 pages. I hope the rest of your summer goes well, and best wishes for success with The Richard Tucker Music Foundation.
    Sincerely Yours,
    Phil enclosed: novel and info

    I hope to hear from you!

  2. Alfonso Uribe says:

    In my search for information about tenor Manrico Patassini I landed on your site and I saw and read your thoughts about the Hino Nacional Brasileiro, and I absolutely loved the article. One interesting fact that I have found but nobody ever mentions it anywhere: the Brazilian anthem was composed in 1822 and by 1825 and opera by Liszt (his only one), “Don Sanche” was being premiered at the Paris Opera under the direction of Cherubini. That opera uses several times the main motif of the Hino. I invite you to listen to it, you’ll be surprised! By that time Liszt was 14 years old and he might have heard some music from an exotic country that he decided to borrow (although there is always the possibility of being the other way around: the Brazilian composer borrowing from Liszt, unlikely though because of timing).
    Please, tell me what you think.

    Alfonso Uribe

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