image Sonia Bergamasco, an actress and musician, earned a degree in piano at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, made her debut as an actress in “Arlecchino dei giovani” (Harlequin of Youth) directed by Giorgio Strehler, and went on to work with Carmelo Bene, Theodoros Terzopoulos and Massimo Castri. She has also directed and interpreted performances in which her musical background is more deeply intertwined with theater. She has worked with noted film and television directors including Liliana Cavani, Bernardo Bertolucci, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Marco Tullio Giordana and Roberta Torre.
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Sonia Bergamasco was born in Milan, where she earned a degree in piano at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, and another in acting at the Piccolo Teatro School. She made her debut in Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters directed by Giorgio Strehler, and played the Fairy in Carmelo Bene’s last version of Pinocchio for stage and television. She has also worked with noted theater directors Theodoros Terzopoulos, Massimo Castri and Glauco Mauri.
Since 2001 she has directed and acted in shows in which her musical background is more deeply interwoven with theater. In the course of her long artistic collaboration as a singer-actress with composer Azio Corghi, she has appeared in major Italian concert halls. She performed the role of Elvira in his opera Il dissoluto assoluto (The Libertine Absolved), based on a libretto by Jose Saramago, at Lisbon’s Teatro Sao Carlos in 2005 and at La Scala in Milan in 2006. In September 2017 at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, she performed narration she wrote for a concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio, conducted by Zubin Mehta. As half of a duo with pianist Emanuele Arciuli, she interprets a broad repertoire for voice and piano.
Awarded the 2014 Premio Duse for her work as an actress, in 2015 she directed and performed in The Ball (based on the novel by Irène Némirovsky). In March 2017 she directed a new production entitled Louise and Renée (inspired by Letters of Two Brides by Balzac, with original dramaturgy by Stefano Massini), at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan.
She played the leading female role in Giuseppe Bertolucci’s 2001 film L’Amore probabilmente (Probably Love). She won the 2004 Nastro d’Argento for best actress in a leading role for the film La meglio giuventù (The Best of Youth) directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. She has also worked with directors Bernardo Bertolucci in Io e te (Me and You), Giuseppe Piccioni in Giulia non esce la sera (The Prize) and Franco Battiato in Musikanten and Niente è come sembra (Nothing Is As It Seems). She is the Queen Mother in Riccardo va all’inferno (Richard Goes to Hell) directed by Roberta Torre.
She received the Flaiano Prize for best actress for her role in Liliana Cavani’s film De Gasperi, and has enjoyed continual success in Riccardo Milani’s innovative, popular TV series Tutti pazzi per amore (Everyone’s Crazy for Love) and Una grande famiglia (One Big Family). Currently, she is busy shooting new episodes of the long-running TV series Commissario Montalbano (Detective Montalbano) in which she plays the role of “Livia”.
For her character in the film Quo vado? (Where Am I Going?), directed by Gennaro Nunziante, in 2016 she won the Flaiano Prize for best performance of the year, the Alida Valli Prize for best actress in a supporting role at the Bari International Film Festival, and a Golden CIAK Award.
Sonia Bergamasco was the official host of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival 2016.