Cerquetti, Anita b. April 13, 1931 d. October 11, 2014 Opera Singer. A dramatic soprano, she is remembered for her short but significant career in the major venues of Italy. Raised in western central Italy, she took to music early and studied violin for some time before receiving a single year of voice training at the Conservatory of Perugia and making her 1949 professional bow in a poorly received concert. After two more years of education, she made her 1951 operatic debut at Spoleto as the title lead of Verdi's "Aida". For the next decade she...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Chiesa di San Nicolo, Fabriano, Provincia di Ancona, Marche, Italy
Consolini, Cardinal. Domenico b. June 7, 1806 d. December 20, 1884 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in Senigallia, Domenico Consolini came from a noble family, the marquises of Consolini. After receiving his initial studies in his birthplace, he moved to Rome entering the Pontifical Academy of Ecclesiastical Nobles in 1830. Joining the Roman prelature December 20, 1832 as domestic prelate of His Holiness, referendary and protonotary apostolic, Consolini served as relator of the Sacred Congregation of Good Government between 1833 and 1834, when he was named first...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero delle Grazie, Senigallia, Provincia di Ancona, Marche, Italy
Moriconi, Valeria b. November 13, 1931 d. June 14, 2005 Italian Stage and Screen Actress. Her real name was Valeria Abbruzzetti. She began her career on stage, but she soon triumphed in cinema with films such as "Gli Italiani si voltano" and "La Spiaggia." She was elected Great Master of Republic. On Stage, she was considered a Great Lady of the scene. Other of her films "Napoli è Sempre Napoli" (1954), "Gli Innamorati" (1955), "Las Aeroguapas" (1957), "La Fine è Nota" (1993) and "La Forza del Passato" (2002). She worked until the end of her life. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimitero di Jesi, Jesi, Provincia di Ancona, Marche, Italy
of Cupertino, Saint. Joseph b. June 17, 1603 d. September 18, 1663 Roman Catholic Saint. A remarkably unclever man, Giuseppe Desa was subjected to miraculous levitation and intense ecstatic visions. Recognized as the patron saint of air travelers, aviators, people with a mental handicap and weak students, he was the son of a carpenter. Born in the village of Cupertino, his father died before Joseph was born, leaving his wife Francesca Panara destitute and pregnant with the future saint. Growing up into a highly slow witted child, at the age of seventeen he...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa di San Francesco di Osimo, Osimo, Provincia di Ancona, Marche, Italy Plot: Cripta del Santuario.
Sceberras Testaferrata, Cardinal. Fabrizio b. April 1, 1757 d. August 3, 1843 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in Valletta on the island of Malta to a noble family, Fabrizio Sceberras Testaferrata received his education in Rome at the Collegio Clementino and the La Sapienza University, earning a doctorate in utroque iure in 1785. Appointed canon coadjutor of the canonry of Għar Barca in his native Malta in his early years, a few days following his graduation he was named referendary of the Tribunals of the Apostolic Signature of Justice and of Grace in Rome. Named...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di San Pietro Apostolo, Senigallia, Provincia di Ancona, Marche, Italy Plot: Chapel of Our Lady.
Spontini, Gaspare b. November 14, 1774 d. January 24, 1851 Composer, Conductor. A pioneer of early Romantic music, he played an influential role in the development of French Grand Opera. His masterpiece, "La Vestale" (1807), is still heard today. Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini was born in Maiolati (now Maiolati Spontini), Italy. The son of peasants, he was provided with an early education by an uncle who hoped he would become a priest. Instead he studied music at the Naples Conservatory and saw his first opera, "Li puntigli delle donne" (1796)...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, Maiolati Spontini, Provincia di Ancona, Marche, Italy
Vico, Cardinal. Antonio b. January 9, 1847 d. February 25, 1929 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Agugliano, Antonio Vico entered the Collegio Capranica in Rome, later furthering his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, earning doctorates in philosophy, theology and utroque iure, both canon and civil laws. Ordained priest in September 1873 in Ancona, in 1877 he was named secretary to the apostolic nunciature in Spain, and three years later to the Constantinople delegation. Auditor of the nunciature in France between 1883 and 1887, of the one...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa del Santissimo Sacramento, Agugliano, Provincia di Ancona, Marche, Italy Plot: Cappella accanto al SS. Crocifisso.