Who Are the Naples 15?


1.) Masaniello

Masaniello (an abbreviation of Tommaso Aniello) (1622 – July 16, 1647) was a Neapolitan fisherman, who became leader of the revolt against Habsburg rule in Naples in 1647.


2.) Pulcinella

PulcinellaItalian pronunciation: [pultʃiˈnɛlla]; often called Punch or Punchinello in English, Polichinelle in French, is a classical character that originated in the commedia dell’arte of the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry.

Always dressed in white with a black mask (hence conciliating the opposites of life and death), he stands out thanks to his peculiar voice, whose sharp and vibrant qualities produced with a tool called a swazzle contribute to the intense tempo of the show. Pulcinella often carries around macaroni and a wooden spoon. According to Pierre-Louis Duchartre, his traditional temperament is to be mean, vicious, and crafty and his main mode of defense is to pretend to be too stupid to know what’s going on.


3.) Peppino De Filippo

(August 24, 1903 – January 27, 1980) was an Italian actor. De Filippo was born in Naples, brother of actor and playwright Eduardo De Filippo and of Titina. He made his stage debut at the age of six. He played in several movies such as Rome-Paris-RomeVariety LightsA Day in CourtFerdinand I, King of Naples and Boccaccio ’70. He is however most remembered for his several artistic partnerships with Totò, on movies such as Totò, Peppino e la malafemmina and La banda degli onesti. He died in Rome.


4.) Antonio De Curtis (Toto)

Prince Antonio Focas Flavio Angelo Ducas Comneno De Curtis di Bisanzio Gagliardi, best known by his stage name Totò (15 February 1898–15 April 1967) or as Antonio De Curtis, and nicknamed il principe della risata (“the prince of laughter”), was an Italian comedian, film and theatre actor, writer, singer and songwriter. He is widely considered one of the greatest Italian artists of the 20th century.[1] While he first gained his popularity as a comic actor, his dramatic roles, his poetry, and his songs are all deemed to be outstanding; his style and a number of his recurring jokes and gestures have become universally knownmemes in Italy.


5.) Enrico Caruso

(February 25, 1873 – August 2, 1921) was an Italian tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and North and South America, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic. Caruso also made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920. All of these recordings, which span most of his stage career, are available today on CDs and as digital downloads.

Caruso’s 1904 recording of “Vesti la giubba” from Leoncavallo‘s opera Pagliacci was the first sound recording to sell a million copies.


6.) Eduardo De Filippo

De Filippo was born in Naples to playwright Eduardo Scarpetta and theatre seamstress and costumier Luisa De Filippo. He began acting at the age of five and in 1932 formed a theater company with his brother Peppino and sister Titina, called compagnia del Teatro Umoristico I De Filippo. Peppino left the troupe in 1944 and Titina departed by the early 1950s. De Filippo starred in De Sica‘s L’oro di Napoli with Totò and Sophia Loren in 1954. In 1973 a production of his Sabato, domenica e lunedi (1959, Saturday, Sunday and Monday), starring Laurence Olivier in the lead role, won the London drama critics’ award.[1][2] His translation ofShakespeare‘s The Tempest into Neapolitan was published in 1982.

In 1981, De Filippo was appointed life senator of the Italian Republic. He died four years later in Rome. His artistic legacy has been carried over by his son.


7.) Sophia Loren

In 1962, Loren, among 21 other awards, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Two Women, becoming the first actress to win an Academy Award for a non-English-speaking performance. Loren has won several international awards, including one Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Laurel Award. Her other films include: Houseboat (1958), El Cid (1961), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963), Marriage Italian-Style (1964), and A Special Day (1977). She has received critical and commercial success in TV movies such as Courage (1986) and in American blockbusters such as Grumpier Old Men (1995), and Nine (2009). In 1994 she starred in Robert Altman’s Ready to Wear, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination the same year. In 1995 she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements. In 2011 she dubbed one of the characters of Pixar blockbuster Cars 2 for non-English speaking markets.


8.) My Mamma Anna



9.) My Father Vincenzo



10.) Don Giuseppe Morgera

Born on 1 January 1844, in Ischia, on Francesco and Maria Josefa De Luise, spent his childhood with his maternal grandparents (Francis De Luise and Antonia Castle) in the Casina Royal Villa of the Baths in Ischia, whose grandfather, former Sergeant dragonale, was caretaker. From an early age he expressed the desire to become a priest. Appointed clerk of the Chapel Royal of the Lodge, he was able, with the help of Bourbon, entering the seminary. He was ordained on September 22, 1866 by Felice Roman bishop in the cathedral of Ischia, and the next day, celebrated the first Mass in the church of the Purgatory of Villa dei Bagni (St. Peter). The final transfer Casamicciola In 1868 he went to Rome where he enrolled in the courses of moral theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, but in May of 1869 had to return to her father’s illness. The final return to Casamicciola occurred precisely 28 November 1869.


11.) San Gennaro

JanuariusBishop of Naples, is a martyr saint of the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Churches. While no contemporary sources on his life are preserved, later sources and legends claim that he died during the Diocletianic Persecution, which ended with Diocletian’s retirement in 305.

Januarius is the patron saint of Naples, where the faithful gather three times a year inNaples Cathedral to witness the alleged liquefaction of what is claimed to be a sample of his blood kept in a sealed glass ampoule.


12.) Don Luigi Monti

My dear, dear friend.


13.) Alessandro Siani

Alessandro Siani was born on September 17, 1975 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a famous actor and a writer. Alessandro started his career as an actor with the famous movie “Ti Iascio perche ti amo troppo” in which he played the role of Mariano in 2006.

He acted in the movie “Natale a New York” in which he played the role of Lallo in 2006. He got his fame from the movie “Natale in crociera” which was released in 2007. Alessandro played the role of Giulio in the movie “Second volta non si scorda mai, La” which was released in 2008.He is famous for his acting career and especially for the movie “Natale a New York” which was released in 2006.


14.) Massimo Troisi

(19 February 1953 – 4 June 1994) was an Italian actor, film director, and poet. He is best known for his role as Mario Ruoppolo in the 1994 film Il Postino.

Troisi started his artistic career as a cabaret showman in 1972, as a member of the comic trio called “I Saraceni” (“The Saracens”) and, later, “La Smorfia” (from the name of the “book of the numbers” traditionally used in Naples for lottery and tombola, but also meaning “the face”, as in “to make a face”). His mates were De Caro and Arena. They gained national fame on the radio and increased it consistently from 1977 onwards eventually becoming TV stars with the shows Non StopLa sberla (1978) and Luna Park (1979). Troisi soon gained the status of leader of the trio. He was noted for his use of facial mimicry and of apparently confused speech—in these he drew inspiration from such famous figures of Neapolitan comedy as Totò, and Eduardo and Peppino De Filippo.


15.) Pino Daniele

Pino Daniele (19 March 1955 – 4 January 2015) was an Italian singer-songwriter, and guitarist, whose influences covered a wide number of genres, including pop, blues, jazz, and Italian and Middle Eastern music.