Mario Lanza was the most famous tenor the world had ever known. Trained for a career in opera, Lanza became the first true crossover artist when MGM made him a matinee idol during the 1950s with box office hits such as The Toast of New Orleans and The Great Caruso. A superstar before the word was even coined, Lanza’s recordings of The Loveliest Night of the Year and his signature ballad, Be My Love sold millions. But within ten years, the star that glowed so brightly had burned itself out. Lanza’s sudden passing in 1959 at age thirty-eight was the first tragic death of the modern pop and rock era. This is the story of the great Mario Lanza.