Stage name of Maria Ilva Biolcati, Italian singer and actress.
She has been one of the most important Italian personalities of the musical, theatrical and artistic scene on an international level. Popular in Italy and abroad, it has triumphed on the stages of much of the globe, obtaining particular consents, as well as in Italy, especially in Germany, where it has participated in many occasions to musical performances on the major television channels.
She has also successfully released records in France, Japan (26th tour in 2008), South Korea, Greece, Spain and South America. Her artistic stature has been officially recognized by the Italian, French and German republics, which have given her some of the highest honors; in fact, she is the only Italian artist to be simultaneously: Officer of the Ordre des arts et des lettres (Paris, 1995); Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Berlin, 2006); Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Rome, 2 June 2007); Knight of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic (Paris, 2009).
Nicknamed "the Panther of Goro", she was part of the trio of the great female voices of the sixties and seventies, with Mina, "the tiger of Cremona", and Iva Zanicchi, "the eagle of Ligonchio".
For the color of her hair she is also known as "La Rossa" (which is also the title of a famous song written for her by Enzo Jannacci, to whom she dedicated the homonymous album La Rossa in 1980). The color also characterizes his leftist political faith, claimed in numerous expressions.