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Opened on Broadway:
December 2, 1924

Charted: July 19, 1954 *

* Mario Lanza’s soundtrack recording


Rating: 4.086 (average of 7 ratings)


Genre: operetta


Quotable: --


Album Tracks: *

  1. Orchestral Introduction
  2. Serenade
  3. Golden Days
  4. Drink, Drink, Drink
  5. Summertime in Heidelberg
  6. Beloved
  7. Gaudeamus Igitur
  8. Deep in My Heart, Dear
  9. I’ll Walk with God
* As listed on Mario Lanza’s 1954 soundtrack version.


Sales:

sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ½ million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 42
peak on U.K. album chart 5


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Drink, Drink, Drink (aka “The Drinking Song”) (10/16/54) #21 US, #13 UK
  • I’ll Walk with God (2/18/55) #18 UK
  • Serenade (4/22/55) #15 UK


Notes: The best bet for finding Mario Lanza’s recording is the 1989 BMG CD which paired his recording of The Student Prince with his 1959 recording of The Desert Song.


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Rated best album of the year by DMDB.


The Student Prince (soundtrack)
Mario Lanza
Review:
“Sigmund Romberg’s celebrated operetta The Student Prince opened on Broadway on December 2, 1924, the first of 608 performances that were only the beginning of decades-long success for the musical story of Prince Karl Franz and his thwarted love for the waitress Kathie in Heidelberg. The original production occurred long before the vogue for original Broadway cast albums struck in the 1940s, but when it did, the record labels organized studio-only casts to record the score. Columbia and RCA Victor had versions out in 1947, …Mercury released one in 1949” (Ruhlmann) and “Decca belated got into the act” (Ruhlmann) in 1950.

MGM released a film version in 1954 that featured the singing of Mario Lanza. It “was one of Lanza’s greatest achievements, with the tenor producing some of his most ardent and poetic singing” (McGovern) on what is “generally regarded as being among Lanza’s finest renditions of English-language songs” (wikipedia). “The highlights are undoubtedly the joyful Drinking Song; the inspired I’ll Walk with God; …Serenade; and the passionate Beloved – arguably Lanza’s best recording of an English song” (McGovern).

“‘Beloved’ and ‘I’ll Walk with God’…are not by Sigmund Romberg, the original composer of The Student Prince, but were written especially for the film version by Nicholas Brodszky and Paul Francis Webster” (wikipedia). Also, “The Student Prince was recorded in 1952, with one remake (‘Beloved’) in May of 1953” (wikipedia).

The soundtrack recording differs from the movie. “For contractual reasons, the singing of soprano Ann Blyth” (wikipedia) “Lanza’s vocal partner on the actual soundtrack” (McGovern) in the movie, was replaced with “soprano Elizabeth Doubleday, who appears with the tenor on two tracks here…Doubleday’s contribution was recorded separately, with the disconcerting result that on Deep in My Heart, Dear, she sings both the soprano and the tenor parts in the middle of the song. Lanza’s only contribution on this number is the magically phrased opening, which RCA clumsily repeats at the end” (McGovern).


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Last updated April 7, 2008.