born on 17/7/1939 in Goro, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Maria Ilva Biolcati (Italian pronunciation: [maria ilva bjolkati]; born July 17, 1939), known as Milva, is an Italian singer, stage, and film actress and television personality. She is also known as 'La Rossa', (Italian for 'The Red'), due to the colour of her hair, and additionally as the 'Panther of Goro', which stems from the Italian press having nicknamed the three most popular Italian female singers of the 1960s, combining the names of animals and the singers' birth places. Popular in Italy and abroad, she has triumphed on musical and theatrical stages the world over, and has received popular acclaim in her native Italy, and particularly in Germany where she has often participated in musical events and televised musical programmes. She has also released numerous successful albums in France, Japan, Korea, Greece, Spain and South America.
Having received enormous success both in Italy and internationally, she remains to this day one of the most popular Italian personalities in the fields of music and theatre. Her artistic stature has been officially recognised by the Italian, German and French republics, each of which have bestowed her with the highest honours. She is the only Italian artist in contemporary times, in fact, who is simultaneously: Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic (Paris, 11 September 2009), Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Rome, 2 June 2007), Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Berlin, 2006 and Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Paris, 1995).
Early life and career beginnings
Maria Ilva Biolcati was born in Goro, province of Ferrara, Italy. In 1959, she won a contest for new voices, and was named the overall winner from more than seven thousand six hundred participants. In 1960 she recorded her first 7" single with Cetra Records: Édith Piaf's song "Milord". Her real debut was on the stage of the Sanremo Music Festival in 1961, where she took third place. She has competed at the Festival a total of 15 times, the last time of which was in 2007. The highest position she has reached is second place in 1962, but she has never won to date.
In 1965, a fortunate meeting led to a definitive change in her career: Italian director Giorgio Strehler helped to develop her skills in staging and singing in Italian theatres (especially the Piccolo Teatro in Milan) and she began to perform a more committed repertoire (songs of the Italian resistance movement, songs from Bertolt Brecht's pieces, etc.). In the following years she starred in Giorgio Strehler's production of Brecht's The Threepenny Opera which was performed in several cities of Western Europe. Milva's albums were certificated gold and platinum in West Germany. In 2006 she was awarded with the First Class of the Bundesverdienstkreuz
In 1962 Milva was the first singer to sing Édith Piaf's repertoire at the prestigious Olympia theatre in Paris. In 1983 she performed the repertoire at the venue again and again received an ovation from the audience and the French press, very surprised how a non-French artist could interpret with such a feeling and energy the songs of Piaf.
A highly eclectic artist, she performs pop music, opera (in duet with Luciano Berio), comedy, drama, TV shows (Al Paradise in 1983 won the Rose d'Or of the Montreux Film Festival) and musicals. She also occasionally appeared in some Italian movies of the 1960s, like La bellezza di Ippolita with Gina Lollobrigida. From 1973 to 1980, Milva is on tour (Italy, USA, Greece, France, Germany, Canada, Russia and Japan) with the band "I Milvi" composed by Neno Vinciguerra on piano, Franco Paganelli on guitar, Claudio Barontini on bass, Giovanni Martelli on drums and Marco Gasperetti on flute. The entire band becomes Livorno "Black and Withe" when in concert joins the gospels of the New Folkstudio Singer composed Lois Cantor, Hazel Rogers Nat Bush, Eddie and Jesse Hawkins.
She has collaborated with such European composers and musicians as Ennio Morricone in 1965, Francis Lai in 1973, Mikis Theodorakis in 1978 (Was ich denke became a best selling album in Germany), Enzo Jannacci in 1980, Vangelis in 1981 and 1986, Franco Battiato in 1982 and 1986.
Her stage productions of Bertolt Brecht's recitals and Luciano Berio's operas have toured the world's theatres. She has performed at La Scala in Milan, at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, at the Paris Opera, in the Royal Albert Hall in London, at the 1984 Summer Olympics, at the Edinburgh Festival, and others. In 1984 she performed (with Ástor Piazzolla) the show El tango in the Les Bouffes du Nord Theatre in Paris. This was the beginning of a collaboration with Ástor Piazzolla, interpreting the nuevo tango.
In 1997 her mentor Giorgio Strehler died. She temporarily reduced her theatre activities and focused on music only. She received new inspiration collaborating with Thanos Mikroutsikos, James Last and Shinji Tanimura. Then she performed her fourteenth tour in Japan. In 1998, she sang with Alexia Vassiliou on Alexia's album, Alexia - Mikis Theodorakis, a double album with new approaches to 26 Mikis Theodorakis compositions.
Milva has a daughter, Martina, born during her marriage to Maurizio Corgnati in the early 1960s. Born July 17, 1939
- See main article List of Milva songs for a complete international listing of all Milva's songs.
- Milva / Villa Concert in Japan (1968)
- Milva on Stage Live in Tokyo at Serkey Hall (1970)
- Milva in Seoul (1972)
- Canzoni Tra Le Due Guerre (1978)
- Das Konzert (1982)
- Milva & Ástor Piazzolla Live at the Bouffes du Nord (1984)
- Das Beste Milva Live (1988)
- Milva Dramatic Recital '92 (Best Live in Japan) (1992)
- Milva Dramatic Recital '92 - Canzoni tra le due guerre (Al Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space) (1992)
- El Tango de Ástor Piazzolla live in Japan (1998)
- Lili Marleen - Best live in Japan (1992)
- Live and More (1988, Milva Collectors' Club, limited edition album)
- Milva & Ástor Piazzolla - Live in Tokyo 1988 (2009)
- Milva canta Brecht (Live) (2010)
Soundtracks and cast recordings
- Angeli in bandiera (1969, with Gino Bramieri)
- Die sieben Todsünden der Kleinbürger (1983)
- The Threepenny Opera (1989) as Pirate Jenny
- La storia di Zaza (1994)
- Hommage à Ástor Piazzolla (with Tangoseís) (2000)
- Milva (1966)
- Tango Inspirationen (1969)
- Milva (1972)
- Milva (1975)
- Portrait (1975)
- Canzoni da cortile / Le canzoni del Tabarin (1976)
- Canzone dall' Italia (1976)
- Canti della libertà (1976)
- Gold (1976)
- Special 3000 (1976)
- Starlight (1976)
- I successi di Milva (1976)
- The Original (1976)
- Ein Portrait (1978)
- Schön war's heute Abend (1979)
- Star Edition (1979)
- Star Gold Super (1980)
- Hit Parade International (1982)
- Milva Vol. 2 (1983)
- Milva Vol. 3 (1983)
- Tango (1983)
- Canzoni di Edith Piaf (1983)
- Gesichter eine Frau (1984)
- Tango - Gefühl und Leidenschaft (1984)
- Grandi Scelte (1987)
- I successi di Milva
- Milva (1990)
- Mon amour... sono canzoni d'amore (1992)
- Milva History 1960-1990 (1992)
- Meisterstücke (1993)
- I successi (1995)
- I successi di Milva (1995)
- Mein Weg mit dir - Goldene Geschenksausgabe (1995)
- Meisterstücke II (1996)
- Balladen (1996)
- Gli anni d'oro (1997)
- I grandi successi (1997)
- Selbstbewusst (1997)
- La favolosa Milva (1999)
- Milva canta le sue più belle canzoni (1999)
- I grandi successi originali (2000)
- Il fascino della voce (2000)
- In Gedanken (2000)
- Die unvergessliche Milva (2000)
- Grosse Gefühle - Con tutti emotioni (2000)
- Milva (2000)
- Meisterstücke (2000)
- Die grossen Erfolge - Nur das Beste (2001)
- Ich hab' keine Angst (2001)
- Ganz viel Liebe (2001)
- Le signore della canzone / Il giornale (2003)
- Mein Weg (Stationen Einer Karriere 1977-98) (2004)
- Best Collection (2006)
- Classics (2006)
- The Best of Milva (2006)
- Le più belle di... Milva (2007)
- Tutto Milva (La Rossa) (2007)
- Flashback (2009)
- Una storia così (2011)
- Le più belle di sempre / L'immensità (2011)
- Glanzlichter (2011)
VHS video releases
- El tango: Milva and Ástor Piazzolla (Live at the Bouffes du Nord, 1984) (Seven Seas KIVM 242) (1998) (Japan)
- Das beste Milva live - In Concert (Metronome CDV 080534-1) (CDV, 1988) / Metronome VHS 080648-3 (VHS, 1988)
- Canzoni tra le due guerre (Ricordi 800648-3) (1989)
- Video rai Alta Classe Milva (1992)
- Milva canta Brecht BMG Ariola 74321 91723 3 (VHS, 2002)
- Artisti BMG Ariola 74321 91723 3 (VHS, 2002)
DVD video releases
- Artisti - Das Beste von gestern und heute (BMG Ariola 74321 91723 9) (DVD, 2004)
- Milva canta Merini (Live in Milan al Piccolo Teatro) (Nar International NARDV 10205 9) (DVD, 2005)
- El Tango - Live in Barcelona (DVD)
- El Tango de Ástor Piazzolla (& tangoseis, Concierto - Palau de la Musica Junio de 2005 Barcelona) (Unicas NR 005) (DVD, 2006)
- Milva canta Brecht (BMG Ariola 74321 91723 9) (DVD, 2009)
Sanremo Music Festival
This is a chronologically ordered list of Sanremo Music Festival contests in which Milva has entered. Milva has participated 15 times in the famous music festival, held annually, tying the record for most participations along with Peppino di Capri and Toto Cutugno.
|1961||"Il mare nel cassetto"||Gino Latilla||3|
|1962||"Tango italiano"||Sergio Bruni||2|
|1962||"Stanotte al Luna Park"||Miriam del Mare||5|
|1963||"Non sapevo"||Gianni Lecommare||10|
|1964||"L'ultimo tram"||Frida Boccara||N.F.|
|1965||"Vieni con noi"||Bernd Spier||12|
|1966||"Nessuno di voi"||Richard Anthony||9|
|1967||"Uno come noi"||Los Bravos||N.F.|
|1969||"Un sorriso"||Don Backy||3|
|1973||"Da troppo tempo"||3|
|1974||"Monica delle bambole"||4|
|2007||"The Show Must Go On"||16|
|"" denotes that Milva entered the contest as a soloist. "" Denotes a tie.|
NOTE: N.F. signifies that the song did not qualify for the main event.
This is a chronologically ordered list of films in which Milva has appeared or provided singing vocals for.
|1962||Canzoni a tempo di twist (Italy: Original title)||Stefano Canzio||Film|||
|1962|| La bellezza di Ippolita
aka "Die schöne Ippolita" (Austria / Germany: German title)
|Adriana||Giancarlo Zagni||Film, co-starring with Gina Lollobrigida|||
|1962||Appuntamento in Riviera (Italy: Original title)||Singing voice||Mario Mattoli||Film|||
|1972|| D'amore si muore (Italy: Original title)
aka "For Love One Dies" (International: English title)
|1982|| Via degli specchi (Italy: Original title)
aka "Die Straße der Spiegel" (Germany: German title)
|Veronica||Giovanna Gagliardo||Film, co-starring with Claudio Bigagli and Nicole Garcia|||
|1986|| Mon beau-frère a tué ma soeur (France: Original title)
aka "My Brother-in-law Killed My Sister" (International: English title)
|Renata Palozzi||Jacques Rouffio||Film, co-starring with Michel Serrault and Michel Piccoli|||
|1988|| "Wherever You Are..."
aka "Au-delà du vertige" (France: French title)
|Italian diplomat's wife||Krzysztof Zanussi||Film, starring Julian Sands|||
|1988|| Prisonnières (France: Original title)
aka "Women in Prison" (International: English title)
|Lucie Germon||Charlotte Silvera||Film|||
|1991||Amaurose (Germany: Original title)||Dieter Funk||Film|||
aka "Celluloide" (Italy: Original title)
|Carlo Lizzani||Film, starring Giancarlo Giannini and Massimo Ghini|||
|1995|| Tod für fünf Stimmen (Germany: Original title)
aka "Death for Five Voices" (International: English title)
|1983||Al paradise||Television host|||
Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic Paris, 11 September 2009
Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic Rome, 2 June 2007
Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Berlin, 2006
Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Paris, 1995
- List of Milva songs
- List of Italian actresses
- List of Légion d'honneur recipients by name
- List of foreign recipients of the Légion d'Honneur
- List of members of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
- Mononymous person
- The Threepenny Opera
- Sanremo Music Festival
- Milva live Gestern und Heute (German). Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (29 April 2008). Retrieved on 19 September 2008.
- Canzoni a tempo di twist. IMDb. Retrieved 07-08-2010.
- La bellezza di Ippolita. IMDb. Retrieved 07-08-2010.
- Appuntamento in Riviera. IMDb. Retrieved 07-10-2011.
- D'amore si muore. IMDb. Retrieved 07-08-2010.
- Via degli specchi. IMDb. Retrieved 07-08-2010.
- Mon beau-frère a tué ma sur. IMDb. Retrieved 07-08-2010.
- Wherever You Are.... IMDb. Retrieved 07-08-2010.
- Women in Prison. IMDb. Retrieved 07-08-2010.
- Amaurose. IMDb. Retrieved 07-08-2010.
- Celluloide. IMDb. Retrieved 07-08-2010.
- Tod für fünf Stimmen. IMDb. Retrieved 16-03-2012.
- Al Paradise. IMDb. Retrieved 15-03-2012.
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