Saturday July 20, 2024, 2:00pm-4:00pm. Admission price: $25 per person.

Mario Lanza Museum
1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

A one-hour lecture/video presentation by MLI president Bill Ronayne on how opera has been presented in classic films of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.

Clips include memorable performances by Lawrence Tibbett, Grace Moore, Beniamino Gigli, Lily Pons, Rise Stevens, Jeanette MacDonald,

Nelson Eddy and Mario Lanza to name a few. There will also be assorted goodies to enjoy. Lecture 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. Nor refunds or credits. No Exceptions. Street parking.

Please RSVP by July 13, 2024, and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.


Saturday August 24, 2024, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Mario Lanza Museum
1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

Featuring a lunch of hoagies, salads and assorted goodies plus a complete showing of “The Great Caruso” starring Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth and Dorothy Kirsten.
Lunch is from 1:00pm-1:45pm and the movie starts promptly at 2:00pm. Admission price: $35 per person.

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 August 17, 2024, and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Previous Events

Museum Luncheon Event: June 2024

Victor Cafe Event: May 2024


From the February 10, 2024, private rental at the Lanza Museum by members of several Sons of Italy lodges that are going on a trip to Italy in a few months. A wonderful group of people that went over their plans and itinerary for the trip and also enjoyed a nice lunch as well. The Mario Lanza Museum is available to individuals and groups for organizational meetings and parties at reasonable rates. Please call 215-238-9691 or email info@mariolanzainstitute.org with any and all inquiries.


Italian Impact Weely Podcast

Interview with our own Bill Ronayne starts at about the 30 minute mark.


The Mario Lanza Institute in the Italian-American Herald

Bill Ronayne’s books, lectures and museum dedicated to the Lanza legacy

2023 Scholarship winners at Mario Lanza Ball at the IATSE Ballroom in Philadelphia, PA. L-R: Matthew Goodheart (3rd place), Angel Gomez (1st place), Cumhur Görgün (2nd place) and accompanist Luke Housner.

Mario Lanza & His Music Lecture October 21, 2023, at the Benvenuto Sons of Italy lodge in Havertown, PA.

Pizza & Movie Dinner event at the Lanza Museum in Philadelphia, PA October 21, 2023.

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!


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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

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.