Franco Battiato

Franco Battiato


Francesco Battiato aka Franco Battiato (born March 23, 1945 in Jonia, now Riposto, Italy) is an Italian songwriter-performer and musician.


Franco Battiato was born in Sicily, in Ionia (it) (Catania), in 1945. In the early 1970s, he devoted himself to electronic and experimental music (Fetus, Pollution…) before moving towards a more non-conformist research. which translates into a few albums released by Ricordi. Thus he was awarded the Karlheinz Stockhausen Prize in 1978 for the piano work L’Egitto prima delle sabbie.

After this period, his new records reached a wider audience and some of his albums, such as L’era del cinghiale bianco, Patriots, La voce del padrone and L’arca di Noè were a success and sold millions copies in Italy, Europe and the world. In 1982, he achieved popular success in France with the title Centro di gravita released by EMI. It is then seen in many variety shows. In 1984, he co-wrote and performed with the singer Alice I treni di Tozeur who represents Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. The title is a huge success in Italy. At the same time, Battiato writes and publishes books on esotericism and creates a small publishing house, L’Ottava.

In 1987, his first lyrical opera Genesi, created at the Teatro Regio in Parma, marked the beginning of a parallel career as a committed composer. In 1992, he created Gilgamesh his 2nd lyrical opera which is performed at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.

During the 1980s and 1990s, he recorded several albums with Emi, such as Fisiognomica, Giubbe rosse, Caffè de la Paix and Come un cammello in una grondaia, on which he reinterpreted 4 romantic lieder by Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner. and Berlioz. In 1992, he gave a concert at the Baghdad National Theater. In 1994, Battiato began a close collaboration with the philosopher Manlio Sgalambro, who wrote the libretto for his 3rd opera, Il cavaliere dell’Intelletto, which would be created in the Cathedral of Palermo. Together they also design a first album of songs, L’ombrello e la macchina da cucire.

The Emboscata, released in 1996 and including the song La cura, is one of its biggest hits and marks the beginning of a “new era” of collaboration with record label Polygram (now Universal Music). Gommalacca (1998) which includes the single Shock in my town is a great success. This album, an extension of the musical journey begun with L’imboscata, later enriched itself with new sounds in Battiato’s universe. In Fleurs (1999), Franco Battiato takes over for the first time as a performer 10 songs (K Richards, J Brel, C Trénet…) to which are added 2 unreleased tracks that he composes. It was with this album that he won the Tenco Award for Best Performer in 2000 (equivalent to Music Victories). In 2001, Battiato released Ferro Battuto, his first pop record under the Columbia / Sony Music label. This album, written in collaboration with Manlio Sgalambro, is distinguished from its usual productions by the participation of artists such as Jim Kerr of the group Simple Minds (duo on Running against the grain), Natacha Atlas or the London String Orchestra. Also in 2001, he released the single 80’s Stars in a duet with Eiffel 65. In 2002, he recorded a new cover album (Salvatore Adamo, Léo Ferré, Strauss…), Fleurs3, which quickly topped the sales and was part of of the 20 best-selling albums in Italy that year.

At the same time, Battiato wrote with Manlio Sgalambro the screenplay for Perduto amor, his first feature film that won the 2004 Nastro d’argento for best new Italian director. This is the beginning of a film career that led him to present Musikanten, his 2nd film, at the Venice Film Festival in 2005 and Niente é come sembra, and his 3rd film at the Rome Film Festival in 2007. In 2004, he creates and hosts the show Bitte Keine Reklame on the Rai Futura channel in which he proposes to meet “extraordinary” people.

It was also in 2004 that Dieci Stratagemmi came out in the bins, an album that immediately peaked at the top of sales and gave a concert with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Rome Opera. In 2007, his latest album, Il Vuoto, was released by Universal and was followed by a tour throughout


Albums studio

  • 1971: Fetus
  • 1972: Pollution
  • 1973: On the strings of Aries
  • 1974: Click
  • 1975: M.elle le Gladiator
  • 1977: Battiato
  • 1978: Juke Box
  • 1978: Egypt before the sands
  • 1979: The era of the white boar
  • 1980: Patriots
  • 1981: The master’s voice
  • 1982: Noah’s Ark
  • 1983: Lost Horizons
  • 1985: Distant worlds
  • 1988: Physiognomy
  • 1991: Like a camel in a gutter
  • 1993: Caffè de la Paix
  • 1994: The umbrella and the sewing machine
  • 1996: The ambush
  • 1998: Shellac
  • 1999: Fleurs
  • 2001: Wrought iron
  • 2002: Fleurs 3
  • 2004: Ten stratagems
  • 2007: The void
  • 2008: Fleurs 2
  • 2009: Inneres Auge
  • 2012: Open Sesame

Albums registered in public

  • 1989: Red jackets
  • 1994: Unprotected
  • 1996: Battiato Live Collection
  • 2003: Last Summer Dance

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