Beloved Italian singer was 81 – Deadline

Italian singer, actress and television personality Milva died on Saturday at her home in Milan. The multi-talented artist was 81 years old.

Milva’s death was confirmed by Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, who called her “one of the strongest performers of Italian songs”, also noting that “her voice aroused intense emotions. for generations ”. No cause of death was given.

Born Maria Ilva Biocalti in Goro, Italy on July 17, 1938, Milva enjoyed the height of her fame in Italy throughout the 1960s and 1970s, also cultivating a fan base around the world. Known as “La Rossa” (or “The Redhead”), given the color of her hair, she recorded 173 albums throughout her life, and eventually sold some 80 million records, according to the artist. LaPresse news agency.

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Milva has appeared on stage, both in and outside of music, and all over the world. Between the 1960s and 1980s, she collaborated with such eminent musicians as Ennio Morricone and Vangelis. Performing at iconic venues such as La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera and the Royal Albert Hall in London, among others, she has also appeared as an actress in operas by Luciano Berio and adaptations of plays by Bertolt Brecht. As an actress, Milva has also appeared in a number of feature films, including 1996 Celluloid, directed by Carlo Lizzani, and television series, such as Mai di sabato signora Lisistrata.

After five decades as a performer, Milva announced her retirement in 2010, to live with her daughter, Martina Corgati.

His importance to world culture is reflected in the titles he has been awarded, as the only contemporary Italian artist to be appointed Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (OMRI), as well as Knight of the National Order. of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic, Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.

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