, Saint. Petronius d. 450 (circa) Roman Catholic Saint, Patron Saint of Bologna. Believed to be a Roman official who visited the holy land. The visits that he made influenced him to enter the priesthood and he became bishop of Bologna in about 432. His main achievements were the repair of many buildings and churches destroyed by the Goths and the building of the monastery of Santo Stefano. His feast day is celebrated on 4 October. His tomb is modelled on the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Abbazia di Santo Stefano, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: In the church of San Sepolcro
Alexander V b. 1339 d. May 3, 1410 Roman Catholic Antipope. Born Petros Philarges on the island of Crete, he entered the Franciscan order at a young age. While he was studying in Paris, France the Roman Catholic Church split, known as the Great Schism, which resulted in two Popes. In 1405 Petros was created Cardinal by Pope Innocent VII and spent the majority of his time campaigning for the re-unification of the church. In 1409 the Council of Pisa was held and they elected Petros as Pope Alexander V, deposing the rival Popes...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Basilica di San Francesco, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Bacciochi, Elisa b. January 3, 1777 d. August 7, 1820 French Nobility. Sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. Born Maria Anna Bonaparte in Ajaccio, Corsica. Married Felix Pasquale Bacciochi on 1st May 1797 in Marseille. Napoleon made her princess of Piombino and Lucca (1805) and grand duchess of Tuscany (1809). Elisa was a competent administrator and was admired for her intelligence. After Waterloo she lived in retirement and died in Trieste. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Baluffi, Cardinal. Gaetano b. March 28, 1788 d. November 11, 1866 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Ancona, Gaetano Baluffi came from a noble family. Receiving his education at the seminary of his birthplace and later at the University of Fano, from where he earned doctorates in utroque iure in both canon and civil laws., he was prdained priest in March 1811. Established soon a name as a capable writer, he lectured rhetoric and served as pro-vicar general of the diocese of Ancona from 1824 until 1833, when he was appointed bishop of the titular see of...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Imola, Imola, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Cappella della Beata Vergine delle Laudi (Lato Nord, seconda dalle porte).
Banchieri, Adriano b. September 3, 1568 d. 1634 Composer, Theorist, Author. A versatile figure of the early Baroque era. Along with Orazio Vecchi he was the leading creator of "Madrigal Comedies", a popular Italian theatre genre of the 1600s. Once considered a forerunner of opera, these entertainments presented groups of related songs to tell a story without plot or staging, and were closer in spirit to musical comedy or cabaret revue. Banchieri wrote the music and texts for 12 such comedies, and their earthy humor is still ingratiating...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa di San Bernardo, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Bassi, Ugo b. August 12, 1800 d. August 8, 1849 Italian Patriot. Joining the Barnabite order after an unsuccessful love story, he was an ardent follower of Giuseppe Garibaldi in his fight for Italian independence. Known to have endangered his life several times while assisting the wounded under heavy fire, after a long search, he was captured along with count Giovanni Livraghi near Comacchio and escorted to Bologna by Austrian troops. Convicted by a military tribunal with having been caught carrying arms, both men were executed by firing...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Biffi, Cardinal. Giacomo b. June 13, 1928 d. July 11, 2015 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The son of a bookbinder, Giacomo Biffi was born in Milan and entered seminary there. Obtaining a licentiate and a doctorate in theology, he was ordained priest by Blessed Cardinal Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster in his native city on December 23, 1950. Appointed to the teaching staff of the seminary of Milan, in 1960 he was named pastor of the populous parish of Ss. Martiri Anauniani of Legnano, a position he held until 1969 when he was transferred to the parish of Sant'...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di San Pietro, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Cathedral Crypt.
Borghi-Mamo, Adelaide b. August 9, 1826 d. September 29, 1901 Opera Singer. A dramatic mezzo-soprano, she is remembered for her long career in Europe's principal venues. Raised in Bologna, Italy, she studied voice in Milan and made her 1843 professional debut at Urbino as ‘Bianca’ from Saverio Mercadante's "Il giuramento" then after a time of refining her art at Messina's Teatro Vittorio Emanuele began making appearances throughout Italy. Through her years on the stage she sang a number of world premiers including those of Giovanni Pacini's "Malvina di...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Borghi-Mamo, Erminia b. November 18, 1855 d. July 29, 1941 Opera Singer. A dramatic soprano, she sang leading roles in many of Europe's principal venues. The child of an operatic family, she was raised within the artistic milieu and received private training prior to her 1873 professional bow at Nice as Leonora from Verdi's "La Forza del Destino". Erminia had the dual role of Elena/Margherita for the October 4, 1875, Bologna world premiere of the revised version of Arrigo Boito's "Mefistofele" and over the next two decades was heard in Rome, Paris...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Boyagian, Garbis b. 1946 d. June 5, 2011 Opera Singer. A leading baritone of the post World War II era, he shall be primarily remembered for interpreting the works of Giuseppe Verdi. Born to Armenian parents, he was raised in Beirut, Lebanon, before moving to Bologna, Italy, at age 21. Boyagian studied at the Accademia Chigiana Sienna, later trained at the Conservatorio of Bologna with a Signora D'Angelo-Ronchi, received instruction in operatic interpretation from Ettore Campogalliani, and was also taught by legendary baritone Tito...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Celli, Giorgio Ruggero b. July 16, 1935 d. June 11, 2011 Scientist, Author. A professor at Bologna University and director of the Institute of Entomology, he is considered by many as one of the greatest ecologists. He was also the author of numerous novels and plays as "The Tentations of Professor Faust", which in 1975 won the Prix Pirandello literature award. In television, he successfully conducted the program "In The Animal Kingdom". (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Cimitero di Monzuno, Monzuno, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Colbran, Isabella b. February 2, 1785 d. October 7, 1845 Opera Singer. A respected mezzo soprano of the early 19th. century, she is remembered for her association with and marriage to composer Gioacchino Rossini. Born Isabel Angela Colbran to a family of wealth, little is recorded of her early days though she apparently evidenced her talent from a young age as following private instruction she made her Paris recital debut at 16. Isabella first appeared on the operatic stage in 1806 in her native Spain then the year next moved on to Bologna, Italy...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy