In Memoriam: Milva

On April 23, 2021, the Italian singer and actress Milva (actually Maria Ilva Biolcati)
died in Milan at the age of 81.


In 1961, Milva won a competition organized by the Italian television company Rai and in the same year came third at the Sanremo Festival. Since then she has been a star in Italy. She took part in the Sanremo Festival fifteen times and released more than 50 albums between 1961 and 2010, including co-operations with Mikis Theodorakis and Astor Piazzolla. Mikis Theodorakis, Ennio Morricone and Klaus Doldinger composed songs for her. In addition, Milva was considered an excellent interpreter of the songs by Edith Piaf and Kurt Weill/Bert Brecht. Milva has been a frequent guest on TV music shows across Europe and sang her songs not only in Italian, but also in English, German, French, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese and Japanese. In addition to chanson and tango, her great passion was theater. Between 1962 and 1995 she also was seen in several films.

The video shows Milva with the song “Alexanderplatz” by Alfredo Cohen, Franco Battiato and Giusto Pio, which Milva released in 1982 on the album “Milva e dintorni” and which has since become one of the most striking pieces at her live concerts.