For those of you who weren't following Hayley at the time, Mario Frangoulis is a Greek tenor who was her support artist during the UK tour in November 2004. A friend of mine in the US who is a huge Mario fan has informed me that he will be releasing a new album in Greece "any day now". Apparently it is a tribute album to Mario Lanza called 'Passione'. That is as much as I was told so I have just done a little research and found some information which justifies its position on the Other Albums board:
Hi Roger and thanks for this excellent news, it will be interesting to see how Mario Frangoulis' album stacks up against the originals by The Master of 1950s classical crossover music himself. He's got one heck of a job on his hands (Lanza's voice is strikingly unique) but I'm sure Hayley's contribution will help him quite a lot!
I have resurrected the Mario Lanza thread in case anyone wants to hear a reasonable length sample of his original version of this song - you can find the sample here.
Thank you for this very interesting discovery. We now know Mario is one of the 'male singers' Hayley mentioned in her newsletter. The sample Dave posted sounds great - I look forward to hearing this new duet.
A unique musical trip to Italy and Mario's Lanza work, through Mario's Frangoulis essential performance. Beautiful canconettas performed by Mario Frangoulis with 80 Russian musicians with balalaikas, accompanied by the soprano Hayley Westenra and Giorgos Misailidis.
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I always remember the fantastic rendition of this song which Mario Frangoulis performed to the 'Dances With Wolves' tune during Hayley's Winter 'Pure' Tour. Mario was promoting his album entitled 'Follow Your Heart' at the time. You can hear the studio recording of 'Here's To The Heroes' on there.
A favourite of yours too Roger if I am not mistaken?
It's a good song. I just got it. Hayley definately has more of a back-up role in the song, but it's cool. I've always liked Mario (maybe because I'm Greek too). I'm glad they recorded something together!