, Saint. Andrew [partial remains] Roman Catholic Saint. One of the original 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, he was the brother of Simon Peter, also one of the original disciples. He was probably born sometime in the early 1st century in the village of Bethsaida, located in the region of Judea on the Sea of Galilee, in present-day Israel. He was a fisherman by trade and was a follower of John the Baptist, according to the Gospel of John, but when Jesus passed through his village during his 3-year ministry, he personally called him...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea, Amalfi, Provincia di Salerno, Campania, Italy
VII., Saint. Gregory b. 1020 d. May 25, 1085 Catholic Pope. Born Hildebrand in Sovana, (Tuscany) he is considered one of the most significant popes of the Middle Ages and one of the most remarkable men of all times. He was educated in the monastic school of Santa Maria on the Aventine Hill in Rome and in the Lateran school. He became chaplain to Gregory VI and, followed him across the Alps into exile, remaining with him at Cologne until the death of the deposed pontiff in 1047. As Pope he convoked reform synods and issued decrees that...[Read More] (Bio by: MC) Cattedrale di S. Matteo, Salerno, Provincia di Salerno, Campania, Italy
Apuzzo, Cardinal. Francesco Saverio b. April 6, 1807 d. July 30, 1880 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Naples born Francesco Saverio Apuzzo was ordained priest in September 1830. Professor of dogmatic theology as of November 26, 1833, he was appointed tutor of the children of King Ferdinand II of Sicily in February 1842. Named president of the General Council of Public Institutions on July 9, 1849, Apuzzo served furthermore as examiner of the clergy of Naples, lector of theology and successively prefect at the latter city's Royal University. Appointed auxiliary for the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cemetery of Capua, Capua, Provincia di Caserta , Campania, Italy
Ascalesi, Cardinal. Alessio b. October 22, 1872 d. May 11, 1952 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Casalnuovo, Alessio Ascalesi was raised in Umbria, entering seminary in Spoleto, where he was ordained priest in June 1895. Entering the Congregation of the Most Precious Blood, he was named pastor of the Montemurano parish of which he served previously as its economus and vicar forane of the Collegio San Bartolomeo in the city of Montefalco. Elected bishop of the diocese of Muro Lucano, Ascalesi received his episcopal consecration in Montefalco on August 8...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio, Naples, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy Plot: Ipogeo degli Arcivescovi.
Caruso, Enrico b. February 25, 1873 d. August 2, 1921 Opera Singer. Enrico Caruso was born in Naples, Italy. His singing was always in demand, either at the local church or some special festivities. At the age of fifteen his mother was seriously ill, she insisted he must sing, upon return after mass found her dead. His father remarried and the family ultimately reached 22 children. With very little formal or musical education he learned and refined his theatrical skills throughout his life on his own. Singing first in provincial theaters and...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Cimitero Monumentale di Poggioreale, Naples, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy
Castagnola, Liliana b. March 11, 1895 d. March 3, 1930 Actress. Born Eugenia Castagnola, she is also remembered for her relationship with the actor Antonio De Curtis, know as "Totň". During her successful career throughout Europe, she gained a reputation as femme fatale because of some tempestuous love affairs with important men of that time. After performing in Paris, she returned to Italy at the Teatro Santa Lucia and Teatro Nuovo in Naples. Liliana committed suicide at...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Cimitero Del Pianto, Naples, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy Plot: buried in the tomb of De Curtis Family
Cecere, Carlo b. November 7, 1706 d. February 15, 1761 Composer, Instrumentalist. One of the last notable composers to work in the Baroque tradition. He was notorious in his day for his comic opera "La abentorosa tavernola" (1741), which satirized monastic life. The Catholic Church deemed it blasphemous, not least because it was commissioned by (and first performed in) a monastery. The author of the libretto was imprisoned and the composer prudently gave up writing for the stage. Cecere was born in Grottole, Italy, and probably spent his adult...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Chiesa di Santa Maria la Nuova, Naples, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy Plot: Chapel of the Congregazione dei Musici
de Anjou, Charles b. March, 1226 d. January 7, 1285 French and Italian Monarch. He was the Count of Anjou and Maine, and reigned as King of Naples and Sicily, King of Jerusalem and Albania. Born the youngest son of King Louis VIII and Blanche de Castile, in 1246 he married the twelve years old Beatrice, heiress of Provence and became Count of Provence. After negotiations with two popes that altogether lasted more than ten years, he was crowned King of Naples and Sicily in January 1266. On February 26, 1266 he defeated King Manfred of Sicily, a...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Duomo San Gennaro, Naples, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy
de Anjou, Charles Martel b. September, 1271 d. August 12, 1295 Nobility. Born the eldest son of Charles II and Maria of Hungary. He was declared heir to the kingdom of Hungary after the assassination of his uncle László IV. He resigned his post as Vicar General of Naples which he had held since 1289 and went to Hungary where he was opposed by the Hungarians. They installed András III instead. Supported by the pope and his mother (who transferred her rights to him) and after a revolt against András, he was installed as titular king in 1292. He was married...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Duomo San Gennaro, Naples, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy
De Lucia, Fernando b. October 11, 1860 d. February 21, 1925 Opera Singer. A tenor controversial in his own time and later, he is chiefly remembered for the vast recorded legacy which gives insight into a now-obsolete style of performance. Trained in his native city, he made his March 9, 1885, professional bow at Naples' Teatro San Carlo as the title character of Charles Gounod's "Faust"; originally a 'tenore di grazia' ("tenor of grace") typified by Count Almaviva in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville", he sang such fare as Nemorino in Donizetti's "L'...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Monumentale di Poggioreale, Naples, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy Plot: Chapel of San Filippo di Chaiaia.
Durante, Francesco b. March 31, 1684 d. September 30, 1755 Composer. Apart from a brief period in Rome, he lived his whole life in Naples. As director of several conservatories there, he taught Giovanni Pergolesi, Giovanni Paisiello, and Niccolo Piccini. Durante wrote primarily for the church; his catalog includes 24 Masses, five Requiems, 33 Psalm settings and scores of other vocal pieces. Although he expressed considerable dramatic flair in his music, religious inhibitions prevented him from tackling an opera, the only path to musical fame...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore, Naples, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy
Fields (Stansfield), Gracie (Grace) b. January 9, 1899 d. September 27, 1979 Actress, Singer. Born Grace Stansfield in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, she made her first stage appearance as a child in 1905, and started her adult career in traveling revue troupes while earning extra money with factory work. After teaming with Archie Pitt, a well known comedian, he gave her career a boost when he began to promote her. In 1923, the pair married. She made her film debut in 'Our Alley' in 1931; by 1936 she was the most popular British film star and earned a Twentieth Century...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Pneumonia Protestant Cemetery, Capri, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy
Gesualdo, Carlo b. March 8, 1566 d. September 8, 1613 Composer. The Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, Naples, he was a musical prodigy, and became highly skilled at singing, lute, and harpsichord while still a child. In 1586 he married his cousin, the beautiful (and twice-widowed) Princess Donna Maria d'Avalos; but he preferred musicmaking to lovemaking, and after producing the required male heir lost all interest in her. Donna Maria then began a clandestine affair with Don Fabrizio Carafa, the Duke of Andria. The ellicit lovers bribed...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa del Gesů Nuovo, Naples, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy