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Francis "Franco" Ventriglia

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Ventriglia, Francis "Franco"
Francis "Franco" Ventriglia, husband of Jean Armstrong Ventriglia passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 28, 2012. He was born in Fairfield, CT on October 20, 1922, the son of Salvatore and Rosa Ventriglia. A graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving in the First Marine Airwing in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he studied voice with Mario Pagano at the American Theatre Wing. Franco and his wife Jean moved to Italy in 1954 where he studied with the famous soprano Toti dal Monte. His career lasted over 47 years, singing bass roles in most of the major European opera houses from the 1950's to the 1970's including La Scala of Milan, Rome, Venice, Naples, Florence, Bologna, Parma, Turin, Genoa, Verona, Palermo, Monte Carlo, Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Dublin, and Edinburgh. He was soloist at the closing of the Ecumenical Council with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican. During his career, he sang at Carnegie Hall, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Stamford, and many other venues. Survivors include his beloved wife Jean, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church Fairfield. Interment with military honors will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. Friends may call Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com



Published in Connecticut Post from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5, 2012
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