At VICTOR CAFE on July 31, 2019 from 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Entertainment will be provided by the singing waitstaff and there will be a 50/50 drawing.

Admission is $70 per person with a cash bar per table.

The renovation project is about 3/4 done but will still need your help to complete everything before we can open to the public.

The Mario Lanza Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation. Contributions can be made online at or by sending a check to Mario Lanza Institute PO Box 54624 Philadelphia,PA 19148.

For any questions please email me at this address or call 215-238-9691.

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Save the Date!

Mario Lanza Ball Weekend
November 1 – 3, 2019

Details will be posted soon.

Capital Campaign

The Mario Lanza Institute and Museum is losing its lease as the building that houses the space we occupy is being sold to a developer. We are interested in a location but before we can move in, some renovation will need to be done.

Time is of the essence and your support now is needed more than ever so please consider making a tax-deductible donation. No amount is too small and whatever you can afford to give will be greatly appreciated and of considerable help.

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

Contributions made by check or money order should be made out to Mario Lanza Institute and mailed to the following address:

Mario Lanza Institute
PO Box 54624
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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

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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

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30 minutes with Bill Ronayne of the Mario Lanza Institute

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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.