Riccardo Cocciante in 1975
|Born||20 February 1946|
Saigon, French Indochina (now Vietnam)
|Occupation(s)||singer, composer, songwriter|
|Labels||RCA Talent, Delta, RCA Italiana, Virgin Dischi, 20th Century|
Riccardo Cocciante (Italian: [rikˈkardo kotˈtʃante]; born 20 February 1946), also known in French-speaking countries and the U.S. as Richard Cocciante (French: [ʁiʃaʁ kɔʃjɑ̃t]), is a French-Italian singer, composer, theatre man and musician.
Cocciante was born on 20 February 1946 in Saigon, French Indochina, now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to an Italian father from Rocca di Mezzo (provincia dell'Aquila) and a French mother. At the age of 11, he moved to Rome, Italy, where he attended the Lycée français Chateaubriand. He has also lived in France, the United States, and Ireland.
Cocciante began achieving success as a musician around 1972. In 1976, he covered the Beatles song "Michelle" for the musical documentary All This and World War II. That same year, he released his sole English album in the US, with the single "When Love Has Gone Away" peaking at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1991, he won the Sanremo Festival with the song "Se stiamo insieme", and for Christmas 1997, his friend Plácido Domingo invited him to sing at Domingo's annual Christmas in Vienna concert, together with Sarah Brightman and Helmut Lotti.
In 1996, he was chosen as the singer for the Italian versions of the songs in the Toy Story movie, singing "Un Amico in me", "Che Strane Cose" and "Io non-volerò più".
As of 2008, Cocciante has had three musicals running, including Giulietta e Romeo (musical), Le Petit Prince, and Notre-Dame de Paris. His most recent project, the Chinese language adoption of Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot is being directed by Zhang Yimou.
His oeuvre includes recordings in Italian, French, English, and Spanish; he has recorded some of his songs in all four languages, including "Pour Elle" recorded as "Per Lei" in Italian, "Por Ella" in Spanish, and "I'd Fly" in English.
- Mu (1972)
- Poesia (1973)
- Anima (1974)
- L'alba (1975)
- Richard Cocciante [English version of Anima] (1976)
- Concerto per Margherita (1976)
- Riccardo Cocciante (1978)
- ...E io canto (1979)
- Cervo a primavera (1980)
- Q Concert (1981)
- Cocciante (1982)
- Sincerità (1983)
- Il mare dei papaveri (1985)
- Quando si vuole bene (1986)
- La grande avventura (1988)
- Viva! (1988)
- Cocciante (also known as Se stiamo insieme; 1991)
- Eventi e mutamenti (1993)
- Il mio nome è Riccardo (1994)
- Un Uomo Felice (1994)
- Je Chante (1995)
- Innamorato (1997)
- Istantanea (1998)
- Notre-dame de Paris live Arena di Verona (2002)
- Songs (2005)
- Notre-Dame de Paris (1997; lyrics by Luc Plamondon)
- Le Petit Prince (2002; lyrics by Elizabeth Anais)
- Giulietta e Romeo (2007; lyrics by Pasquale Panella)
- Billboard. 22 December 1984.
- "Riccardo Cocciante | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- Emanuelli, Massimo (2004). 50 anni di storia della televisione attraverso la stampa settimanale (in Italian). GRECO & GRECO Editori. ISBN 978-88-7980-346-5.
- Christmas in Vienna V - Sarah Brightman, Riccardo Cocciante, Plácido Domingo, Helmut Lotti | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 3 July 2020
- ""Romeo e Giulietta", il musical:un vero amore dev'essere cantato". Spettacoli - La Repubblica (in Italian). 1 October 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- Keslassy, Elsa (23 October 2009). "'Little Prince' returns to TV". Variety. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- "2015.11.11 THEATER Ticket". koreajoongangdaily.joins.com. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- "Arriva Notre Dame de Paris in diretta dall' Arena di Verona - la Repubblica.it". Archivio - la Repubblica.it (in Italian). Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- "'Notre Dame de Paris' composer Riccardo Cocciante gathers international team to adapt famous opera 'Turandot' into Chinese - Global Times". www.globaltimes.cn. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- 董志成. "Hard act to follow - Chinadaily.com.cn". www.chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- "Rai Due - The Voice of Italy - Rivivi le emozioni della seconda Blind Audition". www.rai.it. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- "The Voice, Elhaida Dani vincitrice dello show della bontà". Spettacoli - La Repubblica (in Italian). 30 May 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- Asinari, Pierguido. Riccardo Cocciante. 1971–2007. Dalla forma canzone al melodramma. Rome: 2007.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Riccardo Cocciante.|
- RICCARDO COCCIANTE Official Web Site
- Biography of Richard Cocciante, from Radio France Internationale
- Biography of Riccardo Cocciante, from RAI International
- AyerHoy.com (Cada día un perfil de un artista del ayer)
|Awards and achievements|
with "Uomini soli"
| Sanremo Music Festival
with "Portami a ballare"