The Music Museum Of Abruzzo
The Tostiano National Institute, established in Ortona in 1983 with a resolution of the Municipal Council, is a unique institution of musicological commitment in Abruzzo, dealing with the life and works of the composer Francesco Paolo Tosti, of the other Abruzzo musicians and more generally of music. chamber vocal and other areas of musical culture. The Institute possessing a rich historical and artistic heritage has established the Music Museum of Abruzzo - Francesco Paolo Tosti Archive, inaugurated on April 9, 1994 by the famous soprano Renata Tebald. It is the first museum dedicated to music in the region and one of the few in Italy.
Two rooms are dedicated to the famous composer Francesco Paolo Tosti (Ortona 1846 - Rome 1916) who had reached the top of world fame, becoming in London for thirty years a point of reference for the musical life of the court.
One room is dedicated to Giuseppe De Luca (Rome 1876 - New York 1950) who was a legendary vocal interpreter, one of the greatest baritones of all time, column of the Metropolitan of New York in the years 1915-35. To complete the rich heritage of the museum there is the Abruzzese Music Library, created in 1996, which has about fifteen thousand documents of musical interest, including a rich collection of ex-musicians, and the Historical Archive which contains all the documentation of the main funds: Tosti, De Luca, Martinelli and Albanese.