- Mario Lanza was born in 1921 at 636 Christian Street.
- His birth name was Alfredo Arnold Cocozza.
- As a young boy he listened to opera records and trained with a local music teacher, Irene Williams.
- He was discovered by a famous conductor, drafted into the Army, and then later worked with MGM in Hollywood showcasing his amazing operatic tenor.
- His film, "The Great Caruso", was the top grossing film in the world in 1951.
- He left Hollywood to move to Italy and died in Rome in 1959 of a heart attack.
- The Mario Lanza museum is next to St Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church.
|St Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church|
- Visit the museum at 712 Montrose Street on the first floor of Columbus House.
- Call before visiting - they might be closed. Their hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Visit their website.
|Entrance to the museum|
- Worry about admission. It's free, though donations are accepted.
- Know what to expect? The museum houses Mario Lanza memorabilia and has items for sale.
- Miss his mural at the corner of Broad and Reed.
- Worry. I had no idea who he was either.