Agatha of Sicily b. 231 Roman Catholic Saint. Patron Saint of Catania, Malta, breast cancer patients, wet nurses, fire, earthquakes, and the eruptions of Mt. Etna. According to legend, Agatha was born c. 231 into a wealthy family. A beautiful young woman, she dedicated her life and her virginity to God. She caught the eye of Roman magistrate Quintianus. When Agatha rejected his advances, Quintianus sent her to a brothel for a month. When she refused to accept customers, she was assaulted and tortured. However...[Read More] (Bio by: Red Queen) Badia di Sant'Agata, Catania, Città Metropolitana di Catania, Sicilia, Italy
Bellini, Vincenzo b. November 3, 1801 d. September 23, 1835 Composer. His operas "Norma" (1831) and "La Sonnambula" (1831) are outstanding works of the Italian "bel canto" style. The title role of "Norma" is considered the most difficult in the soprano repertoire. His music had a profound influence on Giuseppe Verdi. Bellini was born in Catania, Sicily, the son and grandson of musicians. He showed early talent and a Sicilian nobleman paid for him to study at the San Sebastiano Conservatory in Naples. His first opera, "Adelson e Salvini" , was...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cattedrale di Sant'Agata, Catania, Città Metropolitana di Catania, Sicilia, Italy
Dusmet, Cardinal. Giuseppe Benedetto b. August 15, 1818 d. April 4, 1894 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born to a noble family of Flanders origin, Giuseppe Maria Dusmet was the eldest son of Marquis Luigi Dusmet and Marquise Maria Dragoneti. Admitted to the school attached to the Benedictine abbey of San Martino delle Scale in Monreale, in 1832 his father made him return to Naples, where the family had by then settled, out of concern that his son was going to follow an ecclesiastical vocation, however less than two years later Giuseppe went back to the abbey when his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di Sant'Agata, Catania, Città Metropolitana di Catania, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Altare della Vergine Corredentrice.
Musco, Angelo b. October 18, 1872 d. October 6, 1937 Film and Stage Actor. Considered a legend of the theater and of Italian cinema. He began working in theater at the age of sixteen with the puppet theater, the Sicilian traditional theater. In 1884 was hired by the marionettes company of Michele Insanguine. In 1889, he came into contact with the world of variety theater and worked in several Sicilian theaters until 1899, when he joined the theater company of Giovanni Grasso who played mainly in dialect. In 1902, he started his collaboration with...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cimitero Monumentale di Catania, Catania, Città Metropolitana di Catania, Sicilia, Italy
of Sicily-Aragon, Ludovico b. 1336 d. October 16, 1355 King of Sicily. Born sixth child and eldest son of Pietro II and Elisabeth of Carinthia. As he was only five years old when he succeeded his father, his uncle Giovanni assumed the regency. After Giovannis death his mother acted as regent until her own death and was succeeded by her eldest daughter Constance until 1354. Ludovico remained a weak king and died only 18 years of age of the bubonic plague. He shares a sarcophagus with his grandfather, his uncle Giovanni, his niece Maria and her son. (Bio by: Lutetia) Cattedrale di Sant'Agata, Catania, Città Metropolitana di Catania, Sicilia, Italy