Colleoni, Bartolomeo b. 1395 d. November 3, 1475 15th century military leader, mercenary soldier. Hero of medieval wars as general of the Venice's armies. He ordered that a church be built, later named Colleoni chapel. It now holds his majestic grave, admired today by tourist and art- lovers as a true Renaissance jewel. The tomb itself is empty as Colleoni's remains were originally misplaced until 1969, 494 yearsÊafter Colleoni's death. The remains and his armor were placed, under the floor of the chapel, near the tomb. He was rumored to...[Read More] Colleoni Chapel, Bergamo, Provincia di Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy
Confalonieri, Cardinal. Carlo b. July 25, 1893 d. August 1, 1986 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Seveso born Carlo Confalonieri was the son of a cabinet maker. Entering the local seminary in 1904, he successively moved to that of Monza in 1909, later furthering his studies at the Milanese Parini Lyceum and in Rome, at the Pontifical Seminary of Saints Ambrogio e Carlo, known as the Collegio Lombardo and the Pontifical Gregorian University from where he obtained his bachelor's degree in theology in 1913. He then served as infantryman with the Italian Army during the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Seveso, Seveso, Provincia di Monza e della Brianza, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Family Plot.
Corelli, Franco b. April 8, 1921 d. October 29, 2003 Acclaimed Opera Tenor. This Italian singer made his debut 1951 in Spolento, as Don José in Carmen. From that moment on, he was to be apprechiated as one of the greatest opera singers in modern time, with a voice often compared with the great Caruso´s. He was a globetrotter in Opera, and have been performing the stages of repute: La Scala in Milan, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Covent Garden in London, and the Metropolitan in New York, where he made his debut in ”Il Trovatore.” (Bio by: Peter Robsahm) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Cosway, Maria b. June 11, 1760 d. January 5, 1838 Artist. Born Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Hadfield in Florence, Italy to English parents. Convent educated, her talent for art was recognized early and she studied both in Italy and England. At nineteen she was elected a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. She traveled to England at the invitation of Angelica Kauffman who introduced her to society. She met Richard Cosway, who was well regarded as a miniature painter. They married in London on January 18, 1781. American Ambassador...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
De Bono, Gen. Emilio b. March 19, 1866 d. January 11, 1944 General and Marshal of Italy. A senator of the Kingdom of Italy. He was promoted to general at the end of World War I ,and joined at the fascism. He led the march of the Camice Nere on Rome and soon after the birth of the Mussolini government he assumed the office of Director General of Public Security and first commander of the national militia. On 17 June 1924, following the killing of the deputy Giacomo Matteotti, he left his post as chief of police. He was later tried and forced to give up...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cassano d'Adda Cemetery, Cassano d'Adda, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
De Palma, Piero b. August 31, 1925 d. April 5, 2013 Opera Singer. A tenor known as "Il Principe dei Comprimari", he reigned supreme among the genre of singers called upon to go onstage virtually every night, portraying widely differing characters in a variety of languages. Though little is recorded of his early years, he started his professional career as a chorister, began singing on RAI in 1948, and made his 1952 operatic debut at Naples' Teatro San Carlo. Perhaps indicative of his status as the Prince of Comprimarios, Mr. De Palma was not...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Dell'Acqua, Cardinal. Angelo b. December 9, 1903 d. August 27, 1972 Roman Catholic Cardinal. After studying philosophy and theology at the Seminary of Monza, he received his doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. On May 9, 1926, he was ordained a priest in the church of San Bernardino in Sesto Calende. In 1931, he became a member of the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See as secretary of the apostolic delegation in Greece and Turkey and assistant of the Apostolic Nuncio Angelo Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII. Dell'Acqua was...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Provost Church San Bernardino, Sesto Calende, Provincia di Varese, Lombardia, Italy
di Stefano, Giuseppe b. July 24, 1921 d. March 3, 2008 Italian Tenor. He was born in Motta Sant'Anastasia, a medieval village near Catania, Sicily, and was the son of a carabiniere turned cobbler and a dressmaker. He entered a Jesuit seminary and once considered entering the priesthood. One of the leading operatic tenors of the 20th century, di Stefano is most remembered for his collaborations with La Divina, Maria Callas. He enjoyed a brilliant career stretching from the late 1940s until the early 1970s. At his spiritual home, La Scala, Milan...[Read More] (Bio by: Geoffrey D. Decker) Church of Santa Maria Hoe`, Santa Maria Hoe, Provincia di Lecco, Lombardia, Italy
Dominguez, Oralia b. October 25, 1925 d. November 25, 2013 Opera Singer. A mezzo soprano, she is remembered as a premier exponent of roles both Italian and Germanic. Raised in northern Mexico, she was trained at the National Conservatory of Music and made her 1945 professional bow at Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes as the Singer from Puccini's "Manon Lescaut". Oralia refined her art, adding new roles to her repertoire, and on March 7, 1951 was the jealous Princess Amneris in an (in)famous Mexico City performance of Verdi's "Aida" in which Maria...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Donizetti, Gaetano b. November 29, 1797 d. April 8, 1848 Composer. During his lifetime he ranked second only to Gioacchino Rossini among Italian opera composers of his day. He created two masterpieces, one tragic, the other comic: "Lucia di Lammermoor" (1835), with its famous sextet and "mad scene", and the delightful "Don Pasquale" (1843), his most consistently inspired effort. "L'Elisir d'amore" (1832), "Lucrezia Borgia" (1833), "La Fille du Regiment" (1840), "La Favorite" (1840), and "Linda di Chamounix" (1842) are still popular...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Cause of death: Syphilis Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo, Provincia di Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy
Eielson, Jorge Eduardo b. April 13, 1924 d. March 8, 2006 Artist. He was born in Lima, Perú. He is considered one of the great Spanish-American artist of his time. His work was exhibited all around the world. In 1945, he was awarded with the National Award of Poetry in Perú. He moved to Italy in the 1950s and there is best known for his performances. His works was influenced by precolombine culture and he is remembered for the "knots" in his paintings. One of his most famous paintings is "La Última Cena." His last performance entitled "Vivere e un'...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Ferida, Luisa b. March 18, 1914 d. April 30, 1945 Actress. Real name Luigia Manfrini Farnè, she was considered one of the most popular wartime actresses. She landed roles in films such as "The Iron Crown," "The Sleeping Beauty," "All Life in One Night," "Tomb of the Angels," "The Last Good-bye" and "Jealousy." In 1942 she won the Best Italian Actress award. She was shot by communist partisans with actor Oswaldo Valenti, her partner on the screen and in real life. (Bio by: Mauro Enrico) Cimitero Maggiore di Musocco, Musocco, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Field #10, Grave # 1882
Fiorucci, Elio b. June 10, 1935 d. July 20, 2015 Fashion Designer. Fiorucci was a fashion designer and retail visionary whose designs and ideas encapsulated the flamboyance of the disco era and helped launch the careers of other designers and artists. At age 17, he went to work in his father’s shoe boutique before opening his own store in Milan in 1967. In 1970, he introduced his namesake fashion label, built largely on stretch jeans and T-shirts decorated with the twin winged cherubs that would become the brand logo. By 1976 he had opened...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Cimitero di San Martino Mont'Introzzo, Sueglio, Provincia di Lecco, Lombardia, Italy
Forni, Cardinal. Efrem b. January 10, 1889 d. February 26, 1976 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Milan, Efrem Leone Pio Forni received his education at the University of Milan, the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Ordained priest in July 1913, he formed part of the teaching staff of the archiepiscopal college of Cantù and of the college of d'Arona, Milan until 1921, when he was named secretary to the apostolic nunciature in Portugal, of which he became auditor in 1926. Auditor to the nunciature in France between...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa di San Francesco, Gallarate, Provincia di Varese, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Sarcophagus beside the Main Altar.
Gaber, Giorgio b. January 25, 1939 d. January 1, 2003 Italian Actor, Composer, and Musician. He appeared in the films "Rossini! Rossini!" (1991), "Donna Tutta Sbagliata" (1988), "Il Minestrone" (1981), "Canzoni A Tempodi Twist" (1962), "Juke Box Urli D'Amore" (1960), and "Operation San Gennaro" (1967). He also appeared in the television mini series, "125 Milioni Dicaz...Ti" (2001). Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Famedio section
Gallerani, Cecilia b. 1473 d. 1536 Feudatory of Saronno and wife of Count Ludovico Carminati de Brambilla, called "il Bergamino", feudal lord of the San Giovanni in Croce's castle. She belonged to a noble family and was one of the lovers of Ludovico Sforza, "il Moro". Daughter of Fazio Gallerani and Margherita de Busti, Cecilia is known for having posed for Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, Lady with an Ermine (1488). (Bio by: Ruggero) Chiesa di San Zavedro, Cremona, Provincia di Cremona, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Carminati family chapel.
Giordano, Umberto b. August 28, 1867 d. November 12, 1948 Composer. A leader of the "verismo", or "realistic" movement of Italian opera. His music is notable for its vigorous melodies and dramatic effectiveness. He is best known for "Andrea Chenier" (1896). Giordano was born in Foggia, Italy. He became a musician against his father's wishes and studied rather erratically at the Naples Conservatory between 1880 and 1890, supporting himself as a stagehand. In 1889 he entered a competition for a one-act opera sponsored by the publisher Sonzogno; he...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Horowitz, Vladimir b. October 1, 1903 d. November 5, 1989 Pianist. Born in Kiev, in the Ukraine, the youngest of the four children of Samuel Horowitz and Sofie Bodik. His mother originally taught him to play; he then became a student of Sergio Tarnowsky, and Felix Blumenfeld. He made his concert debut at age 17, and at age 25 began to tour in Europe and US. He developed a flat finger technique to better control the tone and color of each note. His technique excited the audiences, and he became quite a sensation. As for his personal life, he married...[Read More] (Bio by: Donna) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: In the crypt of his father-in-law, Arturo Toscanini.