Bergonzi, Carlo b. July 13, 1924 d. July 25, 2014 Opera Singer. A largely self-taught lyrico spinto tenor who certainly never looked the part of a romantic lead, he is remembered for performing the principal roles of the tenor repertoire for close to half a century. The child of a cheese maker, he was raised in Northern Italy and learned to sing in church. During World War II, he served in the Italian Army but was caught in anti-Nazi activities and spent three years in a German P.O.W. camp. After the conflict he determined to have a career in...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero di Vidalenzo, Parma, Provincia di Parma, 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
Borgia, Lucrezia b. April 18, 1480 d. June 24, 1519 Italian Aristocracy. Born in Rome, the third child of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia and his mistress Vanozza dei Cattanei. She stayed in her mother's house for three years before she and her brothers were removed to the care of a Borgia cousin, Adriana de Mila. Like most women of the age, she was little more than a pawn. At eleven she was betrothed to Don Cherubin de Centelles; the betrothal, however, was broken almost immediately, and Lucrezia was married by proxy to Don Gasparo de Procida. In...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Convento del Corpus Domini, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, 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
Brunt, John Henry Cound b. December 6, 1922 d. December 10, 1944 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Priestweston, England, he served as a Captain in command of D Company, the Royal Lincolnshires, British Army. On December 9, 1944, Captain Brunt was in command of a platoon holding a vital sector of the line at Faenza, Italy. The German 90 Panzer Grenadier Division attacked Captain Brunt's position with the situation critical and his the anti-tank defenses being destroyed. Captain Brunt rallied his remaining men and moving to an alternative...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Faenza War Cemetery, Faenza, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: III. A. 8.
Calamai, Clara b. September 7, 1909 d. September 21, 1998 Actress. "Black star" of Italian movies. She reached the greatest fame thanks to a scandal, while in 'La cena delle beffe' of Blasetti, she showed her breast. The top of her 'dark lady fame' came in 1942, when she played in Luchino Visconti's 'Ossessione' from Caine's the Postman Always Rings Twice, here in neorealist version. She is best remembered for "Ettore Fieramosca," "Queen of Navarra," "Henry IV" and "Deep Red." (Bio by: Mauro Enrico) Rimini Cemetery, Rimini, Provincia di Rimini, 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
Cicognani, Cardinal. Gaetano b. November 26, 1881 d. February 5, 1962 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The second of seven children of whom four reached adulthood, Gaetano Cicognani was the child of a humble fish vendor and shopkeeper. Entering seminary in Faenza, following his ordination to the priesthood in 1904, he moved to Rome, pursuing his studies at the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare and the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, earning doctorates in philosophy, theology, and canon and civil laws. Assigned to the tribunal of the Sacred Roman Rota in 1910...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Collegiata di San Michele Arcangelo, Brisighella, Provincia di Ravenna, 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
Constantius III Roman Emperor. He was the power behind the throne for much of the reign of the Emperor Honorius and saved much of the Western Empire from falling to the barbarians. He first rose to power as "Master of Soldiers" under Honorius at a time when the Western Empire was under attack by Alaric and Athaulf. In addition, Constantine III and his son Constans Augusti in Gaul and Maximus in Spain had declared themselves as rival Emperors to Honorius. He marched into Gaul and drove out Gerontius, Maximus'...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: To the left of the sarcophagus of Galla Placidia.
Damiani, Saint. Peter b. 1007 d. February 21, 1072 Roman Catholic Cardinal and Saint. Ravenna born Peter Damiani came from a once noble family that eventually impoverished. Studying liberal arts and law in his native city and later in Faenza and Parma, he entered the Order of Saint Benedict through the Camaldolese Congregation in 1035 at their monastery of Fonte Avellana, Gubbio. Elected prior and abbot of the latter, Pope Stephen IX created him against his will cardinal bishop of Ostia in the consistory March 14, 1058, receiving his episcopal...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di Faenza, Faenza, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
De Pisis, Filippo b. May 11, 1896 d. April 2, 1956 Italian Painter. He started to study drawing at the age of six. At eighteen he entered the University of Bologna, where he studied literature and philosophy and continued to paint. After graduating he went to Rome and worked for four years as a teacher, and began dedicating himself seriously to painting. In the early 20s, he became aware of his homosexuality and at this time he moved to Paris to study the work of French artists that he admired, especially Delacroix and Manet. He remained in...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Cimitero della Certosa, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Donnino, Saint Roman Catholic Saint. Patron saint of the city of Fidenza, previously called Borgo San Donnino in his honour, tradition has it that Donnino was a native of Parma. While the Hieronymian Martyrology commemorates him without including any information about his life, with his feast day cited on October 9, he is not mentioned in the martyrologies of Bede, Ado, Notker or the Parvum Romanum. An old legend states that Donnino was chamberlain to Emperor Maximian and keeper of the royal crown. Converting...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di Fidenza, Fidenza, Provincia di Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Cripta della Cattedrale.