Milva at a theatre presentation of La variante di Lüneburg (2009)
|Birth name||Maria Ilva Biolcati|
|Also known as||
17 July 1939 |
Goro, Emilia–Romagna, Italy
Maria Ilva Biolcati Commander OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [maˈriːa ilˈva bjolˈkaːti]; born 17 July 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 Redhead"), due to the characteristic 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 performed 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 albums in France, Japan, Korea, Greece, Spain and South America.
She has collaborated with European composers and musicians such 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, amongst others.
Having received 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).
- 1 Life and career
- 1.1 Early life and career beginnings
- 1.2 Career (1962–1965)
- 1.3 (1968–1970) Tango, Tango Inspirationen, Ritratto di Milva, Milva canta Brecht
- 1.4 (1972–1974) D'amore si muore, Dedicato a Milva da Ennio Morricone, Sognavo amore mio, Sono matta da legare
- 1.5 (1975–1977) Libertà, and Milva (Non pianger più Argentina)
- 1.6 (1977–1979) Auf den Flügeln bunter Träume, Canzoni tra le due guerre, Von Tag zu Tag, La mia età, Wenn wir uns Wiederseh'n
- 1.7 (1980–1982) Attends, la vie, La Rossa, Ich hab' keine Angst, Moi, je n'ai pas peur, Das Konzert, Immer mehr
- 1.8 (1983–1985) Identikit, Unverkennbar, Mut zum Risiko, Ástor Piazzolla, and Corpo a Corpo
- 1.9 (1986–1989) Tra due sogni, Geheimnisse, Unterwegs nach Morgen, Svegliando l'amante che dorme
- 1.10 (1990–1992) Milva, Sanremo 1990, Ein Kommen und Gehen, Gefühl & Verstand
- 1.11 (1993–1994) Uomini addosso, Sanremo 1993, La Storia di Zaza, Café chantant, and Dein ist mein ganzes Herz
- 1.12 (1994–1998) Volpe d'amore, Tausendundeine Nacht, Fammi Luce, Milva Canta un Nuovo Brecht, Mia Bella Napoli
- 1.13 (1999–2006) Stark sein, Artisti, La chanson française, Milva canta Merini
- 1.14 (2007–2012) The Show Must Go On, Sanremo 2007, In territorio nemico, Non conosco nessun Patrizio!
- 1.15 Personal life
- 2 Discography
- 3 Sanremo Music Festival
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Honours
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Life and career
Early life and career beginnings
Maria Ilva Biolcati was born in Goro, Province of Ferrara, Italy, on 17 July 1939. In 1959, when she was twenty, 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.
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. Music critics named her singer of the year.
Shortly afterwards, Milva released her second LP record, Milva canta per voi, a studio album that compiled several songs previously published as singles, in addition to covers of Édith Piaf songs, such as Non, je ne regrette rien, translated to Italian as Nulla rimpiangerò, and Et maintenant, written by composer Gilbert Bécaud and lyricist Pierre Delanoë (a song which, in English, would later become known as What Now, My Love?").
In 1962 Milva co-starred in the Italian film La bellezza di Ippolita alongside Gina Lollobrigida and Enrico Maria Salerno in a comedy film directed by Giancarlo Zagni, playing the role of Adriana. The film was entered into the 12th Berlin International Film Festival. In the same year, she also appeared in the film Canzoni a tempo di twist, an Italian film directed by Stefano Canzio.
In February, Milva participated in the Sanremo Musical Festival of 1962, competing with Tango italiano, a jazz-infused song written by Bruno Pallesi and Walter Malgoni. Her performance earned her second place in the competition and the single that followed reached number one on the Italian charts.
Shortly after, Milva released her third LP record Da Il Cantatutto con Milva e Villa, in which she performed studio versions of the songs she had sung on Il Cantatutto. In the album, she performed Quattro Vestiti, composed by Ennio Morricone, a song which would be released on an EP by the same name. Milva also recorded the songs from the EP in Spanish, releasing the Spanish-language EP Milva canta en español, which was released in Spain.
Later in the year, she released her fourth studio album Le Canzoni del Tabarin - Canzoni da Cortile, an Italian-language album that covered Italian songs from the 1920s and 1930s, featuring new musical arrangements, released on the Fonit Cetra label.
In January 1965, Milva released the multilingual studio album Canti della libertà, an album in which she sang revolutionary songs and songs of freedom, including the national anthem of France, La Marseilleise, written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, and La Carmagnole, a French song created and made popular during the French Revolution. Amongst the other songs that composed the album were Italian-language versions of the marching song John Brown's Song, the Spanish Los cuatro generales, and Fischia il vento, an Italian popular song based on the music of the Russian popular song Katyusha.
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, including songs of the Italian resistance movement, songs from Bertolt Brecht's pieces). 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.
(1968–1970) Tango, Tango Inspirationen, Ritratto di Milva, Milva canta Brecht
In 1968, Milva released her fifth studio album, Tango, an album that consisted of tango standards sung in Italian. The album was released in Italy, Germany, Spain and Brazil and featured an orchestra conducted by Iller Pattacini. Its German-language counterpart was thereafter recorded and would be released in the upcoming year.
In 1969, she released her sixth studio album Tango Inspirationen, an album released in Germany and composed of tango standards performed in German and Italian. Amongst the songs performed on the album were La Cumparsita, A Media Luz (Guardando intorno a te) and Adios, Pampa Mía. In 1975, the album was reissued as Milva singt Tangos deutsch und italienisch.
In late 1969, Milva co-starred in the Italian musical comedy Angeli in bandiera, alongside Gino Bramieri. The musical was written by Italian playwrights Pietro Garinei and Sandro Giovannini and featured music by Bruno Canfora and premiered on 20 October, at the Teatro Sistina, in Rome, Italy. An original cast recording of the musical featuring I cantori moderni di Alessandroni was released in Italy and Canada in the same year.
In September 1970, Milva performed concerts at Sankei Hall, in Tokyo, Japan, accompanied by Nobuo Hara and his big band, the Sharps & Flats. Excerpts of the recordings of the concerts were compiled and published on the live album Milva on Stage (Live at Tokyo Sankei Hall), released shortly thereafter on the Ricordi label.
In 1972, Milva appeared in the Italian film D'amore si muore, directed by Carlo Carunchio, starring in the role of Leyla. She also covered the title song of the movie, titled as D'amore si muore, a song composed and conducted by Italian composer, conductor and orchestrator Ennio Morricone with lyrics written by Carlo Carunchio and Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, which was included in her album Dedicato a Milva da Ennio Morricone, released in the same year.
Following Milva's appearance in D'amore si muore, Ennio Morricone dedicated a series of songs from his film scores to Milva for her to sing lyrics to. The collaboration in between the two musicians produced the studio album Dedicato a Milva da Ennio Morricone (Dedicated to Milva by Ennio Morricone), an album that featured music entirely written, composed, orchestrated and conducted by Morricone in which Milva covered twelve of his works, such as Chi Mai, La Califfa, and the bossa nova infused Metti, una sera a cena.
She also released the live album Milva in Seoul, an album released in South Korea of a concert held in Seoul in the accompaniment of the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra. On the album, she performed the song Barley Road in Korean.
1972 additionally saw the release of her compilation album La filanda e altre storie.
In 1973, Milva collaborated with French composer Francis Lai, the output of their work resulting in the studio album Milva & Francis Lai – Sognavo Amore Mio, which was directed and orchestrated by Lai. Amongst the ten Lai compositions covered by Milva in the album were A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme) and Love Story. Milva also duetted with Lai on the song Oltre le colline.
(1975–1977) Libertà, and Milva (Non pianger più Argentina)
In 1975, Milva released Libertà, a studio album composed of military hymns, marches and folk songs whose central themes revolve around freedom and liberty. Among the songs featured on the album was Bertolt Brecht's Kälbermarsch, a parody of the song Horst Wessel Lied. The album was released on the Ricordi label in Italy, Germany and Japan.
In 1977, Milva released the eponymously titled studio album Milva, in which she performed Andrew Lloyd Webber's Don't Cry for Me Argentina from the musical Evita, in Italian, titled as Non pianger più Argentina, which was the album's lead single. Milva was released in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Austria and Japan. In Germany, the album was released as Non pianger più Argentina.
(1977–1979) Auf den Flügeln bunter Träume, Canzoni tra le due guerre, Von Tag zu Tag, La mia età, Wenn wir uns Wiederseh'n
In 1977, Milva released the studio album Auf den Flügeln bunter Träume, an album composed of popular German film and cabaret standards, including a version of Lili Marleen and Tango notturno. The album was released in America, Canada and Germany and in 1998 was reissued in Japan.
In 1978, she released the live album Canzoni tra le due guerre, an album flavoured with chanson and jazz elements that was recorded live at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano in October, 1977, in a musical show produced by Filippo Crivelli. The album was released in Germany as Lieder Zwischen den Kriegen.
In 1978, Milva began collaborating with Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, resulting in the release of the studio album Von Tag zu Tag in Germany and Austria, which became a best-selling album in Germany. In 1979, the album La Mia Età, the Italian-language counterpart of Von Tag zu Tag was released. The album was released in Italy, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Japan, Greece, Spain, and Venezuela.
In 1979, Milva released the studio album Wenn wir uns Wiederseh'n, a German-language album that consisted of songs written by Austrian songwriter, composer and conductor Robert Stolz. The album was also released under the alternate title Schön war's heute Abend (Milva singt Robert Stolz).
From 1973 to 1980, Milva was 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.
(1980–1982) Attends, la vie, La Rossa, Ich hab' keine Angst, Moi, je n'ai pas peur, Das Konzert, Immer mehr
In 1980, Milva released the studio album, Attends, la vie, a French language album featuring songs composed by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, whose orchestrations were arranged by Italian composer Natale Massara. The album was released on the RCA Victor label in France, and on Metronome label in Germany. Milva had already worked with Mikis Theodorakis two years earlier, when she recorded Von Tag zu Tag and La Mia Età.
1980 also saw the release of La Rossa, a studio album featuring songs written and composed by Italian composer Enzo Jannacci. The album was released in Italy, Germany and Argentina. The title song, La Rossa, was released on the single La rossa/Quando il sipario and would come to be considered Milva's signature song.
In the course of the same year, Milva released the multilingual compilation album Milva International in which she sang in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. It was released in Germany.
1981 saw the commencement of a collaboration between Milva and Greek composer Vangelis, with whom she has collaborated with on several occasions. The 1981 collaboration would result in the release of both a French and a German language album. The first, sung in German, was Ich hab' keine Angst. It was released in Germany, Austria, Japan and South Korea, and produced the German 7" single Ich hab' keine Angst/Christine.
The title song, Ich hab' keine Angst, is based on Vangelis' composition To the Unknown Man, a song which, in French, would become the title of her next album of 1981, Moi, je n'ai pas peur, which was released in France, and covered the songs included on the German release.
In 1982, Milva starred in the role of Veronica in the Italian film Via degli specchi, a crime-drama film directed by Giovanna Gagliardo. The film was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival.
(1983–1985) Identikit, Unverkennbar, Mut zum Risiko, Ástor Piazzolla, and Corpo a Corpo
In 1983, Milva released the Italian language studio album Identikit, distributed in Italy under the Metronome label. She collaborated with Vangelis for the album, covering two of his songs; To the Unknown Man, this time recorded in Italian under the title Dicono di me, as well as an Italian language version of I'll Find My Way Home.
1983 additionally saw the release of the original cast recording of the German ballet chanté Die sieben Todsünden der Kleinbürger (The Seven Deadly Sins [of the Petty Bourgeoisie]), which had been recorded in Berlin in January 1981. The cast recording featured all nine movements of the musical in which Milva had starred in two years earlier, in the leading roles of Anna I and Anna II. In 1990, the album was re-released in Japan.
On 29 September 1984, Milva performed with Argentine tango composer, arranger and bandoneón player Ástor Piazzolla and his quintet, the Quintette de tango contemporain, at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, in Paris, France.  A recording of the performance would become the basis of Milva's next album and would mark the beginning of a series of future collaborations with Ástor Piazzolla in which Milva interpreted the composer's nuevo tango compositions.
Later that year, Milva released the live album Milva & Ástor Piazzolla — Live at the Bouffes du Nord, released in collaboration with Ástor Piazzolla. The album featured nuevo tango compositions composed by Piazzolla and sung by Milva, in a musical style that incorporates elements from jazz and classical music, with Piazzolla accompanying his quintet on his bandoneón. Milva interpreted his compositions in French, Italian and Spanish. The album was published in Argentina, Japan, France, Germany and Italy.
On 1 January 1985, she released the studio album Mut zum Risiko, an album containing schlager and europop musical styles. It was released in Germany on the Metronome and Bertelsmann Club labels. The release of singles Die Kraft unserer Liebe/Du bist ein Freund and Nein - Ich ergeb mich nicht/Rosa soon followed.
In April 1985 Milva participated in the Italian supergroup Musicaitalia per l'Etiopia, recording Domenico Modugno's Volare (Nel blù di pinto di blù) as part of a fundraising effort for the benefit of those affected by the 1983-85 famine in Ethiopia. A 12" single and an EP were released.
Over the course of the same year, she released Corpo a Corpo, a studio album infused with schlager, italo-disco, europop, and synthpop influences. The album was released in Italy, Japan and Germany. The album produced the single Marinero, an italo-disco pop song sung in English, released in Italy, Germany, Japan and Spain in various 7" and 12" formats.
(1986–1989) Tra due sogni, Geheimnisse, Unterwegs nach Morgen, Svegliando l'amante che dorme
In March 1986, Milva played the role of Renata Palozzi in the French film Mon beau-frère a tué ma soeur (My Brother-in-law Killed My Sister), a film by Jacques Rouffio which received a nomination for a Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
In 1986, Milva returned to collaborating with Greek composer Vangelis, five years after her success with Ich hab' keine Angst and Moi, je n'ai pas peur. This new collaboration would result in the release of two new studio albums, one in Italian and one in German; Tra due sogni and Geheimnisse.
The studio album Tra due sogni was released on the Metronome label in Germany, Greece, Spain, Japan and Argentina. In Italy, it was released on the Dischi Ricordi label, while in France it was released on the Polydor label. It was released in Argentina as Tra Due Sogni - Entre Dos Sueños on the Polydor label in 1987. The album spawned three singles; the Maxi single Canto a Lloret, released in Italy, the 7" single Canto a Lloret/Blue Notte, released in France on the Barclay label, as well as the 7" single Canto a Lloret/Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall, which was released by the Polydor label in Spain. The album was released on the Seven Seas label in Japan in 1987, and was reissued in 1992.
Shortly after the release of Tra due sogni, Milva recorded a German version of the album, entitled Geheimnisse, which was released on the Metronome label. The album contained German versions of the songs presented on Tra due sogni, plus one song, Venedig im Winter, which was omitted from the Italian version. The Italian version, Tra due sogni, contained an Italian language version of the song Da oben ist sein Zimmer, In sogno, which had appeared on her 1981 album Ich hab' keine Angst. Geheimnisse produced two 7" singles; Du gibst mir mehr/Etwas mehr and Deine Frau/Arie, both released in West Germany on the Metronome label in 1986.
Vangelis was credited for composing all songs on both Tra due sogni and Geheimnisse and was credited as the arranger on the songs "Canto a Lloret" (Du gibst mir mehr), "Cuori di passagio" (Wunche) and "L'Ultima Carmen" (Die letzte Carmen). Milva covered Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall, originally by Aphrodite's Child, in English, a track which appeared on both Italian and German versions of the album. She also covered Bizet's Habanera, recorded as L’Ultima Carmen in French and in Italian, and as Die Letzte Carmen, recorded in French and in German, in a synthpop arrangement.
In 1988 Milva released the studio album Unterwegs nach Morgen, written by Tony Carey & Peter Maffay, released in Germany and Japan, on the Metronome and Seven Seas labels, respectively. In the album, she covered Tony Carey's Wenn der Wind sich dreht and Melanie Safka's To Be a Star in German, titled as Wer niemals stirbt. The album spawned three singles; Wenn der Wind sich dreht, released in both Maxi and 7" formats, as well as Komm zurück zu mir, released in 7" format, all of which were released in Germany. Following the success of Wenn der Wind sich dreht, Milva recorded an Italian version of the song called Vento di Mezzanotte, which was released as a 7" single by the same name, under the Metronome label, in the Netherlands. Vento di Mezzanotte also appeared on the Italian album Milva, published under the Ricordi label, in the same year.
At the end of 1988, Milva appeared in the French film Prisonnières (Women in Prison), a crime drama written and directed by Charlotte Silvera, in the role of Lucie Germon, a prisoner in a women's prison who has given up on life and fears the day of her release. The film was released on 12 October 1988.
In 1989, Milva returned to collaborating with composer Franco Battiato, producing a total of three studio albums containing synth-pop arrangements, in which Milva sings in Italian, Spanish, French and German. This collaboration between Milva and Battiato produced the studio album Svegliando l'amante che dorme, released in Italy. Milva also recorded the album in Spanish, with the album released as Una historia inventada, released in Spain later that year. The Spanish version of the album generated the 7" single Una historia inventada, which was released in Spain.
In December 1989, Milva participated for a second time in the Italian supergroup Musicaitalia in a fundraising project organised and spearheaded by Charles Aznavour for the benefit of those affected by the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, contributing vocals for the song Per te, Armenia, which was released as a single. Two music videos to accompany the song were later recorded and released in May 1990 as part of the fundraising effort.
In 1990, the Italian version of the album was released in Japan under the original Italian title but contained two additional tracks that were not present on the original Italian release; Via lattea and Centro di gravità permanente, the latter of which is a duet with Battiato. The album was also released as Una Storia Inventata [Eine erfundene geschichte] in Germany. As with the Japanese version of the album, the German version contained two tracks that were not released on the original Italian edition.
(1990–1992) Milva, Sanremo 1990, Ein Kommen und Gehen, Gefühl & Verstand
In 1990, Milva returned to the Sanremo Musical Festival for the first time since 1974, this time competing with Sono felice, a song written and composed by Rosalino Cellamare, finishing in 4th place.
On 3 October 1990, Milva released the German language studio album, Ein Kommen und Gehen. The album contained pop/rock ballads and a cover of Udo Lindenberg's Ein Kommen und Gehen, which was also released as a single. For the album, Milva collaborated with German songwriters and composers Udo Lindenberg, Peter Maffay, Udo Jürgens, Herbert Grönemeyer, Heinz Rudolf Kunze, Roland Kaiser and Tony Carey. The album was produced by German producers Edo Zanki and Vilko Zanki and was a considered a success.
The following year, on 27 September 1991, Milva released the studio album Gefühl und Verstand, an album containing pop/rock ballads sung in German.
(1993–1994) Uomini addosso, Sanremo 1993, La Storia di Zaza, Café chantant, and Dein ist mein ganzes Herz
In 1993, Milva released the studio album Uomini addosso, which was released in Italy, Germany, Japan and Spain. The title track of the album, Uomini addosso, was presented by Milva at the Sanremo Music Festival. Two songs from the German and Japanese editions of the album, Se ti va and Le ombre del giardino, written by G. Conte and Natale Massara, were used as the opening and closing theme songs of the 1993 Italian mini television series Private Crimes (Delitti privati).
Later in the year, she starred as the protagonist in the acting and singing role of Zazà, in the Italian musical La Storia di Zazà (The Story of Zaza), a stage musical directed by Giancarlo Sepe and produced by the Comunità teatrale di Italia, premiering on 26 October 1993, at the Teatro Nuovo di Milano.
An original cast recording of the musical was produced and an album was released as Milva in La Storia di Zazà, with music composed by Stefano Marcucci and lyrics written by Giancarlo Sepe, on the Hollywood Records (Italy) label. The album, however, only saw a limited release.
In 1994, Milva collaborated in the promotional album Milva in Café Chantant, a studio album featuring Café-chantant-inspired songs recorded in studio by Milva in Italian and Napolitan, with music arranged by Italian film composer and arranger Natale Massara. The musical release was part of the promotional Café chantant volumes distributed to the public by the Italian coffee manufacturer Lavazza. The overall theme of the album was coffee, with songs arranged and presented in a belle époque and nuevo tango style. In the album, Milva performs Édith Piaf's 1956 song Les amants d'un jour in Italian language as Albergo an Ore, with lyrics translated by Herbert Pagani, a song Milva had once recorded in 1970 for her album Canzoni di Édith Piaf, and interprets Venezuelan composer Hugo Blanco's Moliendo café with Italian lyrics, in addition to 'A tazza 'e cafe, a song made famous by Claudio Villa, in Napolitan language. The album concludes with Milva's EuroPop song Im Schatten der Träume, a song she had previously released on her 1991 German album Gefühl und Verstand.
In 1994, Milva collaborated with German composer and big band leader James Last, releasing the studio album Milva & James Last — Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, in which she sings a number of pop ballads and classical-oriented pieces in German, Italian and French. Milva had previously worked with James Last, who arranged a cover of Manos Haddidakis' Greek folksong The Children of Piraeus, popularly known in English as Never on Sunday, which she sang in German and was released on James Last's 1982 album Nimm mich mit, Käpt'n James, auf die Reise, under the title of Ein Schiff wird kommen. Milva had previously covered the song in Italian, twice. In Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, she covered a version of the title song, known in English as "Yours Is My Heart Alone" or "You Are My Heart's Delight", an aria from the 1929 operetta The Land of Smiles (Das Land des Lächelns), with music composed by Ludwig Herzer and libretto by Fritz Löhner-Beda and Ludwig Herzer, arranged by James Last. In French, she covered French composer Georges Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles. She sang the second movement of Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, as well as an interpretation of Ombra mai fu, the opening aria from the 1738 opera Serse, by George Frideric Händel. In addition to other classical pieces composed by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, all of which were arranged by James Last for the album, Milva covers some pop ballads, including a German intepretation of American recording artist Richard Marx's Now and Forever, under the title Immer und Ewig. She also covered Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla's ballad, Caruso, a song dedicated to Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. In 1995, the album was released in Japan.
(1994–1998) Volpe d'amore, Tausendundeine Nacht, Fammi Luce, Milva Canta un Nuovo Brecht, Mia Bella Napoli
Beginning in 1994, Milva once again collaborated with Greek composer Thanos Mikroutsikos, releasing the studio album Volpe d'amore (Milva sings Thanos Mikroutsikos), an album featuring music composed by the composer and sung completely in Italian, with the exception of one song, Thalassa, which she sang in Greek. The album was released in Greece, Japan and Italy. In 1995, the album was re-released in Japan with the title Volpe d'amore  and the album was subsequently re-released as Milva canta Thanos Mikroutsikos in 1998 with a new song replacing Volpe d'amore entitled Vento d'amore. In 2006, Volpe d'amore was re-released in Greece with the original album tracklisting.
Following the release of Volpe d'amore in 1994, Milva re-recorded the album in German, an album that was released in Germany under the title Tausendundeine Nacht, featuring the same orchestrations by Thanos Mikroutsikos. The title track featured a choir, differing it from Il canto di un'eneide diversa, its Italian-language counterpart.
In May 1994, she embarked on her fourteenth Japanese tour.
In 1995, Milva starred in the Werner Herzog television film Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (Tod für fünf Stimmen), in a film inspired by the life and music of Carlo Gesualdo, portraying the role of Maria d'Atalos, the adulterous wife murdered by Gesualdo along with her lover.
In the same year, she appeared in the Italian film Celluloide, a dramatic film directed and written by Carlo Lizzani, playing the role of an Italian countess, a portrayal that garnered her praise.
In 1995, Milva was appointed Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Ministry of Culture.
In 1996, the album Milva canta un Nuovo Brecht was released in Germany. The album consisted of songs written by Bertolt Brecht and Giorgio Strehler set to music primarily composed by Kurt Weill, sung in German and Italian. The album was released in Japan the following year, in 1997.
In 1996, Milva released Fammi Luce — Milva ha incontrato Shinji, an album written by and recorded in collaboration with Japanese composer Shinji Tanimura. The album was released in Japan, Germany and Italy.
In December 1997 her mentor Giorgio Strehler died. She temporarily reduced her theatre activities and focussed on music only.
(1999–2006) Stark sein, Artisti, La chanson française, Milva canta Merini
In 1999, Milva released Stark sein, a studio album produced by Chris Flanger and Isabel Silverstone and sung in the German language. In the album, Milva covered Amália Rodrigues' fado song Canção do mar in German, titled as Das ja zum Leben. She also duetted with Italian singer Al Bano Carrisi, recording a new version of Io di notte, in German and in Italian under the title Zuviel nachte ohne dich (Io di notte), a duet of a song that both singers had individually recorded at the end of the 1960s. The duet also appeared on Al Bano's 1999 compilation album Grazie (Meine Schönsten Lieder - Meine Größten Erfolge). Stark sein was released in Europe under the BMG Ariola München label, and on the Seven Seas label in Japan.
In 2001, Milva released the German studio album Artisti, in which she performed songs in German, Italian, Spanish and Latin. The album was released and distributed by BMG Ariola. In the album, she covered Julio Iglesias' Abrázame, a Spanish language pop standard rewritten with German lyrics, titled as Komm halt mich Fest, as well as an Italian-language cover of John Denver's Perhaps Love. She also performed Da troppo tempo, a song which she had previously recorded in Italian and competed with at the Sanremo Music Festival of 1973, finishing in 3rd place, this time in German. In Spanish, she sang Yo soy María, a song from Ástor Piazzola's tango opera María de Buenos Aires. In Latin and Italian, she performed the classical aria Ave Maria, arranged and given to her by Ástor Piazzola before his death.
In the same year, Milva released La chanson française, a studio album sung entirely in the French language, revisiting and covering songs from the French popular music repertoire originally composed and performed by Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud, Jacques Brel and Édith Piaf, some of which Milva had previously recorded in French, Italian and German at different points throughout her career. The album featured symphony orchestrations composed by Hubert Stuppner and performed by the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, under the conductorship of Peter Keuschnig. The album was first released in Italy on the Agorá label and then reissued on the Accademia Crossover label in 2004.
In 2004, Milva released the studio album Sono nata il 21 a Primavera - Milva canta Merini, an Italian-language album featuring the poetry of contemporary Italian poetress Alda Merini, whose poetry was set to music composed by Italian singer and composer Giovanni Nuti and interpreted by Milva in sung form. The album was subsequently released in Japan and Germany.
In May of the same year, Milva performed Milva canta Merini, a series of recitals at the Teatro Stehler di Milano of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, in collaboration with Alda Merini and Giovanni Nuti, in which Milva performed the songs from her album Sono nata il 21 a Primavera, released earlier that year. Milva again performed a concert at the Teatro Strehler di Milano in 2005, a performance that was recorded and released on the live DVD Milva canta Merini - Live, in March 2006.
In 2006, Milva was awarded the Grand Cross 1st Class of the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) by President of the Federal Republic of Germany Horst Köhler, in "recognition and appreciation of her extraordinary career and artistry in Germany". The medal was personally presented to her by German President Horst Köhler on Thursday, June 2, 2006.
(2007–2012) The Show Must Go On, Sanremo 2007, In territorio nemico, Non conosco nessun Patrizio!
In February 2007, Milva released the single The Show Must Go On, a song written and composed by Giorgio Faletti, published in anticipation of her upcoming album. On 27 February 2007, she performed The Show Must Go On at the 2007 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival, finishing the 57th edition of the competition in 16th place.
On 2 June 2007, in Rome, Milva was made Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Ordine al merito della Repubblica italiana), the highest ranking honour and most senior order of the Republic of Italy, an honour bestowed upon her by President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, for her "intense and luminous career" during which she went from music to theatre performances, cinema, to lyric opera. 
Milva was made Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic in 2009. The knighthood was conferred upon her by French ambassador to Italy, Jean-Marc de La Sablière, who presented the honour to her at a ceremony held on 11 September 2009 at the Palazzo Farnese in Rome.
In 2010, Milva released the studio album Non Conosco Nessun Patrizio! - Dieci canzoni di Franco Battiato. The album marked her third produced in collaboration with Italian composer Franco Battiato. Milva had previously collaborated with Battiato on her 1982 Italian album Milva e dintorni, and its French-language counterpart released the same year, as well as on her 1989 album Svegliando l'amante che dorme (released and known as Una storia inventata [Eine Erfundene Geschichte]) in Germany, and Una storia inventada, its Spanish-language counterpart. In this album, Milva performed nine new versions of songs written and composed by Battiato that she had previously recorded in 1989, in addition to two newly composed songs. The title song, Non Conosco Nessun Patrizio! is based on a text written by philosopher Manlio Sgalambro. The album was produced by Fonit Cetra and distributed by Universal Music.
In 2011, Milva released the Italian album La Variante di Lüneburg [Fabula in Musica], composed by Valter Sivilotti and written by Paolo Maurensig, in which she performed with actor Walter Mramor the songs from the musical La Variante di Lüneburg. It was released on the Artesuono label.
On 2 March 2012, Milva released the German single Der Mensch, der Dich liebt, a single containing two songs composed by Sascha Merlin and Kersten Kenan.
Milva has a daughter, Martina, born during her marriage to Maurizio Corgnati in the early 1960s.
- See main article List of songs recorded by Milva for an international listing of 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)
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||Piero Carlo Rolla; Eligio La Valle, Fernando Lattuada||3|||
|1962||"Tango italiano"||Sergio Bruni||Bruno Pallesi, Walter Malgoni; Sergio Bruni||2|||
|1962||"Stanotte al Luna Park"||Miriam del Mare||Vito Pallavicini, Biri; Carlo Alberto Rossi||5|||
|1963||"Ricorda"||Luciano Tajoli||Carlo Donida; Mogol||5|||
|1963||"Non sapevo"||Gianni Lecommare||Pino Calvi; Bruno Pallesi||10|||
|1964||"L'ultimo tram"||Frida Boccara||Giorgio Calabrese; Eros Sciorilli||N.F.|||
|1965||"Vieni con noi"||Bernd Spier||Franco Maresca; Mario Pagano||12|||
|1966||"Nessuno di voi"||Richard Anthony||Gorni Kramer; Vito Pallavicini||9|||
|1967||"Uno come noi"||Los Bravos||Umberto Martucci, Giorgio Bertero; Marino Marini||N.F.|||
|1968||"Canzone"||Adriano Celentano||Don Backy; Don Backy, Detto Mariano||3|||
|1969||"Un sorriso"||Don Backy||Aldo Caponi; Detto Mariano||3|||
|1972||"Mediterraneo"||—||Luigi Albertelli; Enrico Riccardi||12|||
|1973||"Da troppo tempo"||—||Gene Colonnello; Luigi Albertelli||3|||
|1974||"Monica delle bambole"||—||Luciano Beretta; Elide Suligoj||4 ‡|||
|1990||"Sono felice"||—||Rosalino Cellamare||4 ‡|||
|1993||"Uomini addosso"||—||Roby Facchinetti; Valerio Negrini||N.F.|||
|2007||"The Show Must Go On"||—||Giorgio Faletti||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 and Enrico Maria Salerno.|||
|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)
|Italian countess||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)
|Maria d'Avalos||Werner Herzog||Film, based on the life and music of Carlo Gesualdo|||
|1963||Il Cantatutto||Television presenter|||
|1983||Al paradise||Television presenter|||
Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic — Paris, 11 September 2009
- 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
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- Mon beau-frère a tué ma sœur. IMDb. Retrieved 07-08-2010.
- Wherever You Are.... IMDb. Retrieved 07-08-2010.
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