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
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 Farnč, 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
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 Cantů 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.
Jannacci, Enzo b. June 3, 1935 d. March 29, 2013 Singer, Songwriter. Regarded by many as one of the leading figures of the Italian music scene during a career spanned more than fifty years. Born Vincenzo Jannacci, after completing his high school studies at the Istituto Alessandro Manzoni, he graduated in medicine at the University of Milan. His musical career began in the 50s after graduation in harmony, composition, conducting and eight years of piano at the Conservatory of Milan with Maestro Gian Luigi Centemeri. At the age of twenty, he...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Famedio
Legnani, Pierina b. September 30, 1868 d. November 15, 1930 Italian ballerina born in Milan. She studied with Beretta in Milan and in 1890 appeared as prima ballerina at London's Alhambra Theatre in the Casati ballet 'Salandra'. In 1892 she was appointed prima ballerina at La Scala then in 1893 moved to St Petersburg in where she danced as prima ballerina with the Maryinsky Theatre until 1901. Here she created numerous title roles in Petipa ballets including 'Cinderella' in 1893, Odette-Odile in 'Swan Lake' in 1895 and other roles in 'Raymonda' (1898)...[Read More] (Bio by: Medora) Cemetery of Pognana Lario, Pognana Lario, Provincia di Como, Lombardia, Italy