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 to Induct Mario Lanza into SPHS Alumni Cultural Hall of Fame

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 1-5 PM
Adelphia Restaurant Ballroom
1750 Clements Bridge Rd
Deptford Township, NJ 08096

$45 per person

Others being inducted into the cultural hall of fame are:
Moe Brooker – Abstract artist and professor
Dr. Henry I. Miller – former FDA official and author
Dr. Ben Bova – Science and science-fiction writer
Richard DiAdamo – retired first violin with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

To order tickets, send a check or money order payable to “SPHS Alumni Association”
in the appropriate amount for the number of tickets requested (at $45 each) to:
Giovanna Cavaliere
2304 S. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Please indicate your choice of entree from the following 3 menu choices:
Chicken Marsala
Broiled Salmon
Prime Rib


Andrea Canepari, Consul General of Italy visits Lanza Museum March 15, 2015. L-R Paolo Canepari, Matteo Canepari, Andrea Canepari, Roberta Canepari and Bianca Canepari.


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