2022 Mario Lanza Ball Weekend

Friday October 21st at 5:30pm

Carole Shea’s Welcoming Dinner

La Viola Restaurant
253 S. 16th Street

3 Course dinner (Bring your own wine) $60 per person.

Please contact Carole at pastawithclams@gmail.com to attend this event only.

Saturday October 22nd at 5:00pm

Dinner and a Movie

This October 22nd Dinner & Move is SOLD OUT.

Mario Lanza Museum
1214 Reed Street

There will be a complete showing of That Midnight Kiss and a buffet dinner with coffee, soda and dessert. 50/50 raffle.

Seating is limited and on a first come first paid basis. 

$50 per person

Sunday October 23rd at 6:00pm.

Mario Lanza Ball

IATSE Ballroom

2401 S. Swanson Street

Cocktail Hour, scholarship finals, buffet dinner with stations, dancing to Over the Top Entertainment, video presentations, silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

$125 per person includes unlimited wine, beer or soda for the event.
Mixed drinks are cash bar for the entire evening.

For credit card payments for the museum event and the Ball only or for information call 215-238-9691.
Please note that there is an additional fee when paying by credit card.
No refunds or credits. No exceptions.


Special guests for the entire weekend: Mario Lanza’s daughter Ellisa Lanza Bregman and her husband Bobby Bregman!

We are no longer providing a block of rooms for overnight guests.

Mario Lanza Museum Luncheon

Saturday November 19, 2022 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mario Lanza Museum

1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

Featuring a complete showing of The Toast of New Orleans starring Kathryn Grayson, Mario Lanza and David Niven

Admission price: $30 per person

Lunch will be from 1:00pm – 1:45pm. Movie starts promptly at 2:00pm.

Checks should be made out to
Mario Lanza Institute and mailed to:
Mario Lanza Institute
1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

For information or to make a credit card payment call 215-238-9691.

Seating is limited and on a first come first paid basis. No refunds or credits. No exceptions.

Street parking. Please RSVP by November 12, 2022 and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Frank Sinatra – A Celebration on 9/17/22

Elvis presentation on 8/20/22


Dean Martin Lecture event April 23, 2022

Mario Lanza Museum Luncheon 1214 Reed Street in Philadelphia.

Saturday March 12, 2022

The Mario Lanza Museum covered in the Philadelphia Inquirer. See it here.

The president of the Mario Lanza Institute was recently interviewed. See it here.

Mario Lanza Birthday Party

2022 at the Museum

Mario Lanza Ball IATSE Ballroom

Mummer's Strut at Mario Lanza Ball

2021 Scholarship Winners

2021 Scholarship Winners (L-R): Kara Goodrich (3rd place), Shelen Hughes (4th place), Thomas Petrushka (2nd place) and Shanley Horvitz (1st place) with Mary Pinto accompanist.

"Serenade" Luncheon attendees at Mario Lanza Museum


The Mario Lanza Museum will be open on most Saturdays from 1pm – 4pm. Admission is $10 per person and all attendees must wear a mask and observe social distancing regulations at all times. Tours are given on the hour. Please call 215-238-9691 or email info@mariolanzainstitute.org for more information. Please note that the museum will generally only be open on Saturdays for now. Sorry for any inconvenience. Special arrangements can be made for additional days but reservations need to be made at least 2 weeks in advance. The museum is located at 1214 Reed Street in Philadelphia.

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On Saturday June 19th, the Save Our Sites organization held their 15th annual event at the Mario Lanza Museum in Philadelphia. They were our second outside organization to book the museum for a special event. Following a lecture which included clips of Lanza in his films and on TV and tour of the museum, Mario Lanza Institute President Bill Ronayne accepted the 2021 Save Our Sites Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for the new Mario Lanza Museum. Pictured are Bill Ronayne and David Traub co-founder of the Save Our sites organization and the award. A reception featuring wine, cheese and fruit concluded the afternoon. The Mario Lanza Institute would like to thank the Save Our Sites organization for this prestigious honor.

On May15, 2021, we had our first outside group private party. Members of the Sons of Italy Mario Lanza Lodge #2308 booked the Mario Lanza Museum for the afternoon which included a delicious lunch of hoagies, antipasto, pastries and cookies. After lunch, the group received a lecture on Mario Lanza from MLI president Bill Ronayne as well as a tour and enjoyed Mario Lanza’s recordings on the sound system and film and TV appearances on the large screen TV. It was a very fine afternoon with a great and fun group of people.

The Mario Lanza Museum is the perfect place to hold your next organizational or club meeting or to host an anniversary, birthday or cocktail party. The spacious room, with amenities including large screen TV, state of the art audio system, couches, café tables and chairs, is decorated with assorted memorabilia from the life and career of the celebrated tenor from South Philadelphia. Its extraordinary ambience and atmosphere will make your special event one that will long be remembered by your attendees. For more information and to book your event, please contact us at 215-238-9691 or info@mariolanzainstitute.org.

Virtual Tour

Take a short virtual tour of the museum. It’s great preparation for an actual visit.

Mario Lanza Way!

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mario Lanza, the City Council of Philadelphia passed a resolution also naming the 1200 block of Reed Street, which is where the Mario Lanza Museum is now located, Mario Lanza Way. Viva Mario!

New Date for Mario Lanza Ball!

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place and our concern for the well-being and safety of those planning on attending our annual event, we have moved the Mario Lanza Ball to November 20, 2021 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. More information will be posted as we get closer.

In addition, the Mario Lanza Scholarship auditions will now take place in October of 2021 date and place to be announced. Please check the scholarship page for an announcement in the next few months.

In these trying times, all arts organizations are really feeling the financial pinch. The Mario Lanza Institute is among them and needs your help. Please consider making a donation by clicking on the donate button. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps.

If you prefer to donate by check, please make it out to Mario Lanza Institute and mail it to:
Mario Lanza Institute
PO Box 54624
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Thank you for your support. We look forward to welcoming everyone with a grand reopening once the restrictions have been lifted and it is safe to do so.


To make an online donation, using a credit card or PayPal, please click the button below:


An interview with MLI President Bill Ronayne about the Capital Campaign Fund.

Play Audio

Note: It takes about a minute before the interview starts. Listen all the way to the end to hear Mario Lanza sing two songs.

Another Interview with Bill Ronayne, on Radio Voice Italia

Play Audio

30 minutes with Bill Ronayne of the Mario Lanza Institute

This program features the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum.

see below

Radio Interview about Mario Lanza Institute

by YesterdayUSA.com | February 19, 2020


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


Please note that all correspondence including inquiries, mail orders, donations and Associate Member renewals etc. should be sent to the following address only:

Mario Lanza Institute
PO Box 54624
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Scholarship Winners: L-R: Daniel Rich (First Place), Mackenzie Gotcher (Second Place), Claire De Monteil (Third Place) and accompanist Luke Housner.
The Mummer’s Strut at the Ball
The Mummer’s Strut at the Ball
Elaine Malbin and Joanne Palladino at the Cocktail Hour.