Brian Cheney to Celebrate Mario Lanza’s 100th Birthday With ‘Because You’re Mine’ Concert

By Nicolas Quiroga

American tenor Bryan Cheney will join forces with  West End Composer/Lyricist/Producer duo Daniel Curtis and Laura Coyne to present “Because You’re Mine” on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

The showcase will celebrate iconic tenor Mario Lanza’s 100th birthday and is a very special event for Cheney, who has always admired the great American tenor.

“Ever since I discovered the great Mario Lanza in my early twenties I have been in awe of his gorgeous technique but, more importantly to me, his individuality,” Cheney told OperaWire. “A truly great singer, to me, is one that purely sounds like himself. In my studies with Jerry Hadley, part of my homework was to listen to the great tenors of the past. Caruso, Gigli, Bjorling, Corelli, and, of course, Lanza. Not only to understand the lineage of the Garcia technique but to embrace the fact that when these great singers sang with the same technical perspective they sounded completely different from one another. Jerry recorded a beautiful album, ‘Golden Days,’ to honor Lanza  and I feel that I am not only honoring Lanza but Hadley as well. I am thrilled and very proud to be a part of this lineage.”

The concert is set to last one hour and will be broadcast on Cheney’s Youtube channel and official website. This is the latest in Cheney’s long-running online recital series, which started since the worldwide lockdown back in March 2020.