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Silvia Colloca and Various Artists

Sing Like An Italian (CD)

Decca, the label that has fostered some of the greatest classical voices of all time, is thrilled to sign Silvia Colloca to its Australian roster.

Known to many as the food-loving TV personality who has co-produced, co-created and co-written Italian cooking shows, Milan-born, Silvia Colloca’s diverse range of interests and professional expertise extend to acting, singing and as author of several best-selling books, the latest of which, The Italian Home Cook was published in August this year by Pan Macmillan.

A professional opera singer, Silvia Colloca trained at Milan’s Scuola Musicale and has performed in some of Europe’s most beautiful theatres, including The London Palladium, Berlin’s Tempodrom and Milan’s Teatro Nazionale. Her most recent film appearance is as Maria in Little Tornadoes (2022). Silvia also appeared as a series regular in Foxtel’s crime drama The Twelve, which finished airing in August 2022.

Signed to Decca (Australia) in 2022, she now creates her first-ever recording. Appropriately titled Sing Like An Italian, Silvia sings four songs on the album. These include an opera aria by Gluck, a Neapolitan song ("Non ti scordar di me"), a Christmas lullaby which Silvia has translated into Italian ("Tranquillo, bambino" – with harpist Marshall McGuire) and the evergreen "Con te partirò" (Time to say Goodbye). Her pianist is Van-Anh Nguyen, also a Decca Australia artist. The album goes on to embrace Silvia’s personal selection of some of her favourite opera aria and song performances by such artists as Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Cecilia Bartoli, Patrizio Buanne, Vittorio Grigolo, Freddie De Tomasso, and others.

Singing has always been in Silvia’s veins. Her love for the classical voice came later in life, around the age of 21. Abandoning both a Science of Education degree as well as lead-singing in rock bands, she turned to classical music and has honed that skill over more than two decades.

“It’s taken me more than twenty years to commit my voice to recordings,” says Silvia. “It’s nerve wrecking and exhilarating at once. It’s the most naked I’ve ever been as a creative. I hope this brings you some joy and the confidence to know that ‘it’s never too late.”

1. De Curtis: Non ti scordar di me – Silvia Colloca
2. Musumarra: Il mio miracolo – Vittorio Grigolo
3. Puccini: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (La rondine) – Renée Fleming
4. Modugno: Volare (Nel blu, dipinto di blu) – Luciano Pavarotti
5. Rossini: Una voce poco fa (Il barbiere di Siviglia) – Cecilia Bartoli
6. Mascagni: Intermezzo (Cavalleria rusticana) – Gianadrea Gavazzeni
7. Gluck: O del mio dolce ardor (Paride ed Elena) – Silvia Colloca
8. Mozart: Soave sia il vento (Così fan tutte) – Renée Fleming, Anne Sofie von Otter, Michele Pertusi
9. Di Cappua: I’ te vurria vasà – Freddie De Tommaso
10. Puccini: Nessun dorma (Turandot) – Luciano Pavarotti
11. Heller: Tranquillo, bambino – Silvia Colloca
12. Musamarra: Luna – Alessandro Safina
13. Nava: Per amore – Andrea Bocelli
14. Morricone: Nella fantasia – Russell Watson
15. Morricone: Theme from Cinema Paradiso – Andrea Griminelli
16. Musumarra, Zanelli: Aria e memoria – Alessandro Safina
17. Fontana, Meccia, Pes: Il mondo – Patrizio Buanne
18. Tosti: L’alba sepàra dalla luce l’ombra – Freddie De Tommaso
19. Bellini: Angiol di pace (Beatrice di tenda) – Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne, Joan Sutherland
20. Beethoven: In questa tomba oscura – Luciano Pavarotti
21. Sartori: Con te partirò – Silvia Colloca