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Birth name Raffaella Rivarolo
Born (1972-05-31) 31 May 1972 (age 46)
Turin, Italy
Genres Symphonic black metal, black-doom, gothic metal, industrial metal
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboards
Years active 1992–present
Labels Scarlet, Season of Mist, Bakerteam Records, Black Tears of Death Records
Associated acts Opera IX, DyNAbyte, Theatres des Vampires, Necrodeath

Cadaveria, real name Raffaella Rivarolo (born 31 May 1972), is an Italian musician famous for being one of the first women to enter the extreme metal scene in the early 1990s, as former vocalist and keyboard player of the symphonic black metal band Opera IX.


Cadaveria was born in Turin, Italy on 31 May 1972. She would join the symphonic black metal band Opera IX in 1992, of which she served as the vocalist and keyboard player until 2001, when she left the band alongside bandmate Alberto Gaggiotti (a.k.a. "Marcello Santos"/"Flegias"), also a member of extreme metal act Necrodeath, to pursue a solo career.[1]

Cadaveria's debut album, The Shadows' Madame, came out in 2002, released through Scarlet Records. It would be followed by 2004's Far Away from Conformity, also released by Scarlet Records. In 2007, she signed up with Season of Mist and released her third full-length album, In Your Blood.[2] Her fourth album, Horror Metal, was announced in late 2010[3] and released in January 2012 through Bakerteam Records.[4]

In 2011, Cadaveria provided additional vocals for Theatres des Vampires' song "Le Grand Guignol", off their album Moonlight Waltz. Marcello Santos also worked with Theatres des Vampires in 2005, when he provided additional vocals for the track "Forever in Death", off their album Pleasure and Pain.

On 7 July 2014, Cadaveria announced that her fifth studio album, entitled Silence,[5] was on the works; it was released on 18 November 2014 through Scarlet Records.[6] The album's first single, "Carnival of Doom", was released on 23 October 2014 via iTunes as a teaser.[7] A music video for the track "Strangled Idols" was uploaded to Cadaveria's official YouTube channel on 30 June 2015.[8]

On 2 September 2016, Cadaveria released a split album alongside Necrodeath entitled Mondoscuro, through Black Tears of Death Records.[9]

Cadaveria is also the vocalist of the industrial metal side project DyNAbyte.[10]


With Opera IX[edit]


Split albums[edit]

With DyNAbyte[edit]

  • 2004: Extreme Mental Piercing
  • 2010: 2KX

Band members[edit]

With the exception of Cadaveria herself and Marcello Santos, the pseudonyms of her band's members are taken from the names of antagonists from movies by American filmmaker David Lynch.

Current members[edit]

  • Cadaveria – vocals (2001–present)
  • Marcello Santos (Alberto Gaggiotti) – drums (2001–present)
  • Dick Laurent (Cristian Scarponi) – guitars (2009–present)
  • Peter Dayton (Gianluca Fontana) – bass (2015–present)

Former members[edit]


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