III., Pope. Hadrian d. July 8, 885 Pope. Born in Rome, he was elected in the beginning of the year 884. He vindicated those who had been falsely accused and revealed the names of those who were involved, publicly humiliating them. He died suspiciously near Modena in northern Italy in September of 885. Many suspected foul play, especially that his body was never returned to Rome but rather buried quickly at the abbey in Nonantula. (Bio by: MC) Nonatola Abbey, Nonantola, Provincia di Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Ghiaurov, Nicholai b. September 13, 1929 d. June 2, 2004 Opera Singer. Bulgarian-born opera singer with a sumptuous voice who became one of the great basses of the post-World War II era. He specialized in late 19th-century works and often performed with his wife, the star Italian soprano Mirella Freni. He studied opera singing at the Sofia Musical Academy and continued his studies in Moscow. His career got off to an auspicious start when he won top prizes at opera-singing festivals in Warsaw and Paris. He made his debut at the Sofia National Opera in...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Moody) Cimitero di San Cataldo, San Cataldo, Provincia di Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Pavarotti, Luciano b. October 12, 1935 d. September 6, 2007 Opera Singer. He was considered one of the greatest tenors in his lifetime, and his voice was well known by the general public. His voice, popularity and fame would be compared with Enrico Caruso and Mario Lanza, both famous tenors in their own times. He was best known for his aria 'Nessun Dorma' from the opera "Turandot," with which he would often end many of his concerts. Born in Modena, he learned to sing from his father, who brought a love of music to his son, and he soon showed that he...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Pancreatic cancer Montale Rangone Cemetery, Montale, Provincia di Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Pranzini, Bishop. Giovanni b. December 4, 1875 d. June 22, 1935 Roman Catholic Bishop. Castel San Pietro born Giovanni Pranzini was ordained priest on August 15, 1899. One of the first Emilia-Romagna prelates to undertake a dialogue with the forces of the left, facing contrasts with Benito Mussolini and his fascist regime, having served as chaplain of Mirabello, where he founded a rural bank and a labour house that accepted girls, entrusted to the Sisters of Charity, he was named archpriest of Sant'Isaia in 1918. Elected auxiliary bishop of Bologna by Pope...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di Carpi, Carpi, Provincia di Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Pavimento antistante l'altare di San Valeriano.
Vecchi, Orazio b. December, 1550 d. February 19, 1605 Composer. He is best known for his "Madrigal Comedies", a popular form of Italian theatre during 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. Vecchi's "L'Amfiparnaso" ("At the Foot of Parnassus", 1594) is the most famous example of the genre; the others are "Selva di varia ricreatione" (1590), "Il convinto musicale" (1597), and "Le...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Chiesa di San Biagio del Carmine, Modena, Provincia di Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Vecchi Family Vault