Verdi, Giuseppe - Italian operatic composer, whose works stand among the greatest in the history of opera. Born the son of illiterate peasants on October 10, 1813.

Puccini, Giacomo - Italian composer, whose operas blend intense emotion and theatricality with tender lyricism, colourful orchestration, and a rich vocal line.

Guido d'Arezzo - Music theorist. Educated at the Benedictine Abbey of Pomposa near Ferrara, Italy, he trained the singers and, together with a Brother Michael, created an antiphoner (a collection of antiphons, now lost) using a revolutionary notational system.

Vincenzo Bellini - Italian composer, born in Catania, Sicily, and trained at the Conservatory of Music, Naples. The premiere of his first opera, Adelson e Salvini, in 1825, attracted Domenico Barbaja.

Enrico Caruso - Caruso, Enrico (1873-1921), Italian dramatic tenor, born in Naples. He made his debut in Naples in 1894.

Frank Sinatra - Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 May 14, 1998) was a popular and highly acclaimed male vocalist and actor.

Luciano Pavarotti - Pavarotti, Luciano (1935- ), internationally famous Italian tenor, whose dramatic roles and powerful voice have gained him a superstar status akin to that of Enrico Caruso in the early years of the 20th century.