2022 Mario Lanza Ball Weekend October 21st – 23rd
Friday October 21st: Carole Shea’s Dinner at La Viola
Saturday October 22nd: Mario Lanza Museum Dinner & Movie
Sunday October 23rd Mario Lanza Ball at the IATSE Ballroom
More details to follow in the coming weeks.
Mario Lanza Museum Luncheon
Saturday May 21, 2022, 1pm-4pm
Featuring a complete showing of “For the First Time” starring Mario Lanza, Johanna von Koczian and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Enjoy and delicious lunch of hoagies, wraps, pasta salad and more and one of Mario Lanza’s great films.
$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 May 14, 2022 and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
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 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
MARIO LANZA MUSEUM IS NOW OPEN!
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 [email protected] 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 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 [email protected].
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.
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30 minutes with Bill Ronayne of the Mario Lanza Institute
This program features the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum.
Radio Interview about Mario Lanza Institute
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