Saint Paul, Lara
Lara Saint Paul (Silvana Areggasc Savorelli)
Singer and soundtrack performer (Asmara, Eritrea, 4.30.1946 – Casalecchio di Reno, Italy, 5.8.2018)
Silvana Areggasc Savorelli (born 1946 in Asmara from Italian father and Eritrean mother), professionally known as Lara Saint Paul, is an Italian Eritrean singer, entertainer, impresario and record producer. Lara Saint Paul’s first public performance was in 1962 at the Festival della canzone italiana (Sanremo Music Festival), in Italy. She went by the name of Tanya and performed the ballad I colori della felicità. Her first big success arrived when she returned to the Sanremo Music Festival in 1968 as one of the two performers of the song Mi va di cantare. The other performer was Louis Armstrong, and they performed alongside Lionel Hampton. She also participated in Sanremo in 1972 and in 1973.
Lara Saint Paul has worked with many other notable talents in the music industry, such as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Roberta Flack, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. The largest markets for her music outside of Italy and Europe are Argentina, Brazil and Japan, and she also performed and released successful albums in the Eastern Bloc. In 1982, she brought the aerobics craze to Italy, working closely with Jane Fonda. The video, book and music album were parts of an exercise program with songs performed by Lara Saint Paul. The program was a huge hit in Italy.
Lara has been featured in many television specials in Italy and around Europe, starting with the variety show Quelli della domenica in 1968, for RAI. A 1970-1971 edition of the RAI network TV show Canzonissima featured Lara Saint Paul, bringing Italian film and music personalities together on TV. The 1992 Lara Superspecial show for Eurovisione and RAI 2 was broadcast all over Europe and in 19 countries, featuring Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Harry Belafonte and Luciano Pavarotti.
As Lara Cariaggi, in 1995 she co-produced and wrote the television documentary Luciano Pavarotti: The Best is Yet to Come with her husband Cariaggi. It was an extensive biography about the life of their friend, opera singer, and Lara was the interviewer for the documentary.
It was not the first experience of Lara in a film or video production. In 1964 she performed uncredited as singer and dancer in two scenes of comedy musical 2 mattacchioni al Moulin Rouge, starring the famous comical duo formed by Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia and presumably also Rosy Zichel in a small uncredited role, a film directed by Giuseppe Vari and produced by Carlo Infascelli. She participated also in the soundtrack of three other thriller films with a song: for Troppo per vivere, poco per morire (Your Turn To Die) she sang Fascination Blues (De Mutiis-Masi), for Rapporto Fuller, base Stoccolma she performed The Touch of a Kiss (Trovajoli-Nohra), and finally for Femmine insaziabili (aka Carnal Circuit) her track was called I Want It All (Nohra-Nicolai).
After a long career as singer and dancer, because of the death of her husband, in mid 1990s she found herself alone and with other family problems. For that she got from the Italian state a pension according to the Bacchelli law, addressed to aged artists. Saint Paul died of a bowel cancer in an hospice at Casalecchio di Reno in May 2018.
2 mattacchioni al Moulin Rouge (Giuseppe Vari, 1964, ff, act), Troppo per vivere, poco per morire (Michele Lupo, 1967, ff, st), Rapporto Fuller, base Stoccolma (Sergio Grieco [Terence Hathaway], 1968, ff, st), Femmine insaziabili (Alberto De Martino, 1969, ff, st), Luciano Pavarotti: The Best is Yet to Come (Eugenio Bollani, 1995, doc, sc, pr)
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Due mattacchioni al Moulin Rouge. Dir. Carlo Infascelli. Telefilm industria, 1964.
Contributors: Leonardo De Franceschi, with Daria Picardi and Ylenia Talevi
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