Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Ventriglias in:
 • Oak Lawn Cemetery
 • Fairfield
 • Fairfield County
 • Connecticut
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In

Changes are coming to Find A Grave. See a preview now.

Franco Ventriglia
Birth: Oct. 20, 1922
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 2012
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA

Opera Singer. A basso, he performed in principal venues on both sides of the Atlantic for close to half a century. Born Francis Ventriglia to a farming family, he joined the US Marine Corps after high school and served with the First Marine Air Wing in the South Pacific during World War II. Following the conflict Ventriglia was working at a gas station when a chance encounter got him an audition with the American Theatre Wing; after training there while simultaneously working for Sikorsky Aircraft, he moved to Italy in 1954 for study with legendary soprano Toti Dal Monte then in 1956 made his professional bow at Palermo in Wagner's "Die Meistersinger". Over the next decades he appeared at the Rome Opera, Naples' Teatro San Carlo, Covent Garden, London, the Edinburgh and Wexford Festivals, the Vienna State Opera, the Dallas Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and elsewhere, his roles including several of Verdi's creations including both the King and Ramfis from "Aida", Dr. Grenvil in "La Traviata", Ferrando from "Il Trovatore", the evil Grand Inquisitor in "Don Carlos", and the hired killer Sparafucile of "Rigoletto", Colline in Puccini's "La Boheme", Timur from the same composer's "Turandot", Oroveso from Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma", the Priest Raimondo in Donizetti's "Lucia Di Lammermoor", and Don Basilio of Rossini's "The Barber of Saville". Ventriglia sang for Pope Paul VI at the closing of the Ecumenical Council, was Colline and Sparafucile in productions showcasing a young Luciano Pavarotti, gave acclaimed performances as Abimelech from Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" at La Scala Milano, and had a busy recital career that took him to Carnegie Hall and other prestigious theaters. Returning to his native Connecticut in 1978, he continued his concert career until he was almost 80; at his death he could be heard on a number of complete opera recordings. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
Oak Lawn Cemetery
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Dec 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101831652
Franco Ventriglia
Added by: Anonymous
Franco Ventriglia
Added by: Chuck Kearns
Franco Ventriglia
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Gracie Ann Matisyn
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- R I P
 Added: Jan. 29, 2017
Much missed
- pj
 Added: Jan. 29, 2017

- Tom A. Hawk
 Added: Nov. 28, 2013
There are 16 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (3.7 after 24 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service