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
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
Louis II Holy Roman Emperor. Reigned as the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 855 to 875. He was the eldest son of the Emperor Lothair I. He became King of Italy in 839 and was crowned in Rome by Pope Sergius II on June 15, 844. In 850 Pope Leo IV crowned him joint emperor and when is father died in September 855 he became sole emperor. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Manzoni, Alessandro b. March 7, 1785 d. May 22, 1873 Poet and Novelist. Considered the noblest figure in the Italian literature of the nineteenth century, he wrote tragedies, including "The Count of Carmagnola" and "Adelchis," and poetry, such as "The Sacred Hymns" and "The Fifth of May" dedicated to Napoleon's death. "The Betrothed," (I Promessi Sposi) written between 1821 and 1825, and rewritten in 1840, remains hugely popular in Italy, where it's...[Read More] (Bio by: MC) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Famedio (Temple of Fame) Central A
Martini, Cardinal. Carlo Maria b. February 15, 1927 d. August 31, 2012 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Turin, Martini joined the Society of Jesus in 1944, studying at the Social Institute in Turin where he was ordained priest on July 13, 1952. He went on to obtain his doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1958 with a thesis entitled "The Historical Problem of the Resurrection in Recent Studies". He pursued his studies in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, where in 1962 he received the Chair of Textual...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cathedral of Milan, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Cappella della Croce di San Carlo Borromeo, in front of the altar.
Moschino, Franco b. February 27, 1950 d. September 18, 1994 Fashion Designer. In 1967 he joined the “Fine Arts Academy” in Milan and though he wanted to be an artist, he was diverted into the world of fashion. In 1970 began to draw for magazines and illustrate fashion collections for Gianni Versace and Giorgio Armani, with whom he continued for the next 11 years, until he broke away and launched his own label in 1983. Charismatic, imaginative, irreverent and interested in pop culture, he was a whimsical designer, who rebelled against the fashion...[Read More] (Bio by: MC) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
of Verona, Saint. Peter 'Peter the Martyr' b. 1206 d. April 6, 1252 Roman Catholic Saint. He studied at the University of Bologna where he met St Domenic and joined the Dominican Order. Pope Gregory IX made him general inquisitor of northern Italy. Members of a sect that he was investigating killed him with a blow to the head with an axe. Pope Innocent IV canonized him on March 25, 1253. He is the patron saint of inquisitors. His mausoleum is the work of Balduccio Pisano. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Chiesa di Sant' Eustorgio, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Portinari Chapel
Perón, Eva [original burial site] b. May 7, 1919 d. July 26, 1952 Argentinean Leader. Wife of Argentina President Juan Domingo Peron. Born Maria Eva, she was the fourth child born to Juana Ibarguren and Juan Duarte, all illegitimate in a ramshackle house near the village of Los Toldos some 150 miles west of Buenos Aires. At 15, she arrived in Buenos Aires, and became a star of radio soap operas and then a movie. She met Juan Peron during an earthquake-relief meeting. The widowed Peron married her in 1945, and they became a team in power ruling Argentina...[Read More] (Bio by: John R. Mark) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Piave, Francesco Maria b. May 18, 1810 d. March 5, 1876 Librettist. Resident Poet and Stage Director of La Fenice, Venice (1844-60), and of La Scala in Milan (1861-67). He was a good friend of Giuseppe Verdi and wrote the texts for ten of his operas, including "Ernani" (1844), "Macbeth" (1847), "Rigoletto" (1851), "La Traviata" (1853), "Simon Boccanegra" (1857), and "La Forza del Destino" (1862). Although his lyrics were often ridiculed as clumsy and his personal reputation was less than spotless (he kept a string of mistresses), Verdi...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Ponchielli, Amilcare b. August 31, 1834 d. January 16, 1886 Composer. He achieved lasting fame with his opera "La Gioconda" (1876). The ballet from that work, "The Dance of the Hours", is even more popular on its own. It was used in Walt Disney's "Fantasia" (1940) and supplied the tune for comedian Allan Sherman's 1963 novelty song, "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah". None of Ponchielli's ten other operas won comparable success. As professor of composition at Milan Conservatory from 1880, his pupils included Puccini and Mascagni. He died at 51 of...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Quasimodo, Salvatore b. August 20, 1901 d. June 14, 1968 Author. One of Italy's leading poets of the 20th Century, he won the 1959 Nobel Prize for Literature. His work falls roughly into two periods, divided by World War II. In the 1930's he was a leader of the "Hermetic" movement of Italian poetry, which made use of metaphysical themes and complex imagery often derived from the Ancient Greeks; some critics accused him of being needlessly obscure. After the war Quasimodo turned to socially conscious subjects and more direct language, while...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy