About Us

The Mario Lanza Institute, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, honors the memory of the late, great singer by sponsoring scholarships to promising young singers to further their training and careers. More than 200 scholarships have been awarded and many of the recipients have gone on to perform at major opera houses. The scholarships are awarded to winners of an annual competition. Vocal auditions are held in October. In November, a Mario Lanza Institute announces the winners at the annual Ball. The Institute also houses a museum featuring photos and artifacts related to Mario Lanza. Holdings include clothing worn by Mario, original movie posters, boxing gloves he used in his youth, and some of his gold records If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to Mario Lanza Institute and mail to the following address: Mario Lanza Institute PO Box 54624 Philadelphia, PA 19148



South Philadelphia High School Inducted Mario Lanza into SPHS Alumni Cultural Hall of Fame

Plaque Holders

L-R: Gene Allesandrini (Presenter), Moe Brooker, Bill Ronayne (Accepting for Mario Lanza), Richard Di Adamo. Ben Bova and Dr. Michael Mellon (Accepting for Dr. Henry Miller). [Group Photo by Mike Moffa] plaque

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 1-5 PM


Mario Lanza Ball Weekend 2015

Viva Mario cake from Museum reception 11/1/15

Mario Lanza Ball Weekend 2015

Mario Lanza Tribute Dinner Estia Restaurant 10-31-15
L-R: Al Gagliardi, Elaine Malbin and Carole Shea.

Mario Lanza Ball Weekend 2015

2015 scholarship winners with accompanist and guest artist.  11-1-15
L-R: Accompanist Luke Housner, guest artist soprano Marina Costa Jackson, 2nd place winner soprano Anush Avetisyan, 3rd place winner baritone Tim Renner, 1st place winner soprano Katrina Galka and 4th place winner tenor Peter Scott Drackley.

Mario Lanza Ball Weekend 2014

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2014 scholarship winners: L-R: Accompanist Luke Housner, Ist Place baritone Michael Adams, 4th place mezzo soprano Lauren Eberwein, 3rd place soprano Anush Avetisyan and 2nd place bass baritone Daniel Noyola.

Mario Lanza Tribute dinner 11-8-14. L-R Tenor Ernest Revell, soprano Elaine Malbin and accompanist Gloria Collins.

Tenor Evan Johnson at Lanza Museum reception 11-9-14.

2014 Tribute Dinner. L-R: Ernest Revell, Elaine Malbin and Gloria Collins
2014 Ball L-R: Lisa Thomas, Peter Hilliard and Elaine Malbin

Mario Lanza Museum Benefit Luncheon

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Pasquale, Joan Burns and Carl Lee
Pasquale at the accordion
Joan Burns performing with Pasquale
Carl Lee performing

30 minutes with Bill Ronayne of the Mario Lanza Institute