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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Pinza, Ezio 1895-1957. Italian-born American operatic performer who was the leading basso at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City (1926-1948).

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  • Theatergoers of a certain age mine grew up with the original cast recording, and find it hard to forget Mary Martin as Nellie Forbush—the nurse who's got to overcome the racial prejudice "you have to be carefully taught"—and Ezio Pinza, a celebrated operatic bass, as Emile de Becque, father of two mixed-race children, who meets Nellie, "a stranger, across a crowded room."

    Falling in Love With the Barbican's Wonderful 'South Pacific'

  • The chocolate richness of his tone recalls that of basses like Ezio Pinza and Alexander Kipnis in the 1920s and '30s, and Kurt Moll and Martti Talvela closer to our own time.

    The King of the Lyric Basses

  • But even then there was a reminder of how capricious this Classic can be, as the winner, Pinza, was ridden by Sir Gordon Richards.

    Favourite Carlton House grants the Queen a date with Derby destiny

  • Over the weekend, I took my mother to the show; she did see the original with Mary Martin as Ensign Nellie Forbush and Ezio Pinza as Emile de Becque.

    Thoughts on ‘South Pacific’ - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Or hear Ezio Pinza sing the title role of Don Giovanni at the Met for fifty cents if you were willing to stand.

    The Pursuit of Happiness

  • After finally extricating myself, I caught the subway home and spent the evening listening, yet again, to that amazing Ezio Pinza performance of Don Giovanni.

    The Pursuit of Happiness

  • Then I walked one block uptown to the Colony Record Shop and dropped $2.49 on a new recording of Don Giovanni, featuring Ezio Pinza as the great womanizer.

    The Pursuit of Happiness

  • Karl's one vice was drunkenness; he was forever thirsty; whenever he slaked this thirst with wine and beer everything went well; he led a methodical life and would spend his free hours on the Pinza, de

    The Quest

  • In short, it is the myth of Carnegie Hall that is being preserved here - the myth that gave rise to a 1947 Hollywood movie called "Carnegie Hall," with an all-star cast that included Stokowski, Arthur Rubinstein, Ezio Pinza, Jan Peerce and Jascha Heifetz.

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  • As Marius 'father, Cesar, Hearn displays interpretative skills that make up for his lack of power pipes (the part was created by Ezio "South Pacific" Pinza) ....

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