Italian hit and Sanson singer Milva has died.His secretary Edith Mier confirmed this to the German press on Saturday. “La Rosa”, Maria Ilva Biolgatti was invited to Italy because of her red hair, died in Milan on Friday evening at the age of 81.
Milva, who had been ill for many years, rose to fame with his songs across the borders of Italy in the 1960s and 1970s and had a large fan base, especially in Germany.
Most recently he lived in the center of Milan with his trusted and secretary Edith. “Milva was one of the strongest translators of the Italian Sanson,” Italian Culture Minister Tario Francescini said on Saturday. He has become successful in international arenas and holds the name of his country high. In Germany he became known for his song “Harray, We Still Live” and for shows like the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.
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Maria Ilva Biolgatti was born on July 17, 1939, in Koro, a small town on the Adriatic coast, the daughter of a tailor and a fisherman. But when her father lost a property she had to lend a hand in advance and earn money for the family.
He went to Bologna, participated in a singing competition and trained in song and acting. He has recorded dozens of albums, toured and sung in theaters. He appeared almost 20 times at Italy’s most important victory ceremony in San Remo – but he never won.
From the pop star, he made the leap to Bertolt Brecht’s accredited translator. Piccolo Detro in Milan as Pirate Jenny in the film “Tripenny Opera” directed by Giorgio Strehler. In 2010 he left the stage. In a letter posted on Facebook, he announced the end of his career. In a TV interview the same year, he talked about health issues that prevent him from coming back. (dpa, AfP)