Allegri, Gregorio b. 1582 d. February 7, 1652 Singer, Composer. Born in Rome, he sang tenor at the Cathedral in Fermo from 1607 until 1628, when he joined Rome's prestigious Papal Choir. It was for this group that he composed his famous "Miserere" (c. 1636). It has been sung at the Sistine Chapel during Holy Week every year since. The Vatican refused to let Allegri publish the "Miserere" and its mysterious harmonies were kept a closely guarded secret until 1770, when a 14 year-old Wolfgang Mozart wrote it down from memory after hearing...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa Nuova, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Chapel of St. Philip Neri
Baronio, Cardinal. Cesare b. October 31, 1538 d. June 30, 1607 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Sora born Cesaro Baronio came from a rich Neapolitan family. Receiving his early education in Veroli, he moved to Naples in order to study law and successively to Rome. There he met Saint Philip Neri who soon became his spiritual father. Moving into his Oratory at the church of San Girolamo della Carità, he resigned a captainship in Parma and an abbey in Sora in order to remain with him. Ordained priest on May 27, 1564, he eventually took up residence adjacent to the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa Nuova, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Cappella Spada.
Landi, Stefano b. February 26, 1587 d. October 28, 1639 Composer. An innovative figure of the early Baroque period. His masterpiece, "Sant' Alessio" (1632), was the earliest opera based on a historical subject and the first about a religious figure, the 5th Century Saint Alexis, who was portrayed with an attempt at psychological realism that was entirely new to the genre. Before then the plots of music dramas were derived mainly from Greek and Roman mythology. It was also the first opera to feature an overture. Landi was born in Rome, where he...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa Nuova, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Maury, Cardinal. Jean-Sifrein b. June 26, 1746 d. May 10, 1817 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Valreás, Jean-Sifrein Maury came from a Protestant family that embraced Catholicism following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Entering the local minor seminary of Sainte-Garde d'Avignon, he was successively sent to the Saint-Charles Seminary for his theological studies and ultimately to the Parisian Collège de France. Ordained priest in 1765, he was named vicar general, official and canon of the cathedral chapter of the diocese of Lombez and abbot '...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa Nuova, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: In Front Of The High Altar.
Neri, Saint. Philip b. July 22, 1515 d. May 27, 1595 Roman Catholic Saint. Born in Florence, he began preaching the Gospel to the poor of Rome while still a layman, and he was ordained a priest in 1551. His unusual methods of religious reform gained many supporters in the Vatican. In 1575, Pope Gregory XIII recognized Neri's group of priests as the Congregation of the Oratory, so named because they gathered in the oratory of the San Girolamo della Carita Church in Rome. It was here that Neri made his great contribution to the arts. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa Nuova, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Beneath the Main Altar