A mezzo remembered by a cancer-care hotel

A mezzo remembered by a cancer-care hotel


norman lebrecht

April 25, 2016

Graham Spicer has been to visit the Casa Lucia Valentini Terrani in Padua, a subsidised hotel where cancer patients can stay while receiving daily therapies at the nearby hospital. It is a profoundly moving memorial to a much-loved singer, who died of leukaemia, aged 51.

Casa Lucia Valentini Terrani

Alberto Terrani, Valentini’s husband, says: ‘While Lucia Valentini was in America for treatment she was shocked by the fact that relatives of patients who were with her in the hospital, were spending the nights in their cars as they couldn’t afford the cost of renting a room.’ So she asked her husband to pay for a hotel for those who were sleeping in their cars…

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Lucia Valentini Terrani


  • Clarice Williams says:

    A wonderful artist. And obviously a compassionate person. RIP to this great talent.

  • AMetFan says:

    This made me smile. We should all learn something important about charity and compassion from this special person. That Lucia Valentini Terrani was a great artist merely embelishes a great soul.

  • CDH says:

    America should be ashamed at the fact that people cannot afford a hotel room because of what their health care is costing them.

  • esfir ross says:

    I stayed in hotel in Fort Worth, TX that give relatives of sick children low rate room, like $40. There must be in other places and USA is not to be ashamed.

    • David S. says:

      For children in the US or visiting the US for treatment, family can often avail themselves of a local Ronald McDonald House, which provides both housing and meals at no cost. We’ve stayed at their facilities numerous times during serious illnesses for both of our grandchildren.

    • Bruce says:

      From the article, it sounds like the Casa Terrani is not just for children, but for patients who need daily treatment at the hospital but otherwise don’t need to be in the hospital all day and their families (for example a husband wanting to be near his sick wife).