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Cristina D'Avena

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Cristina D'Avena
Background information
Born (1964-07-06) 6 July 1964 (age 56)
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
GenresOpening Anime, Pop, Children's music
Occupation(s)Actress, singer, television personality, musician, radio host, author
Years active1981–present

Cristina D'Avena (born 6 July 1964) is an Italian singer, actress, and TV personality.[1] She has sold nearly 7 million copies of her albums.[2]

D'Avena was selected to join the prestigious Institute of Antoniano choir, following her debut, Lo Zecchino d'Oro, at age three. In the early 1980s, she sang numerous cartoon theme songs, which were compiled into several successful albums. Around the same time, D'Avena made her debut as an actress. In 1986, she appeared in Love me Licia, an Italian adaption of the Japanese manga Ai Shite Knight. D'Avena has been performing concerts in Italy since the late 1990s.

In 2010, D'Avena returned to recording and releasing music. Her works include the chart-topping album Duets, which featured several Italian singers and songwriters, notably: J-Ax, Giusy Ferreri, Francesca Michielin, Loredana Berté, Baby K, Arisa, Annalisa, Emma, Michele Bravi, Elio, Noemi, Benji & Fede, Chiara, and Ermal Meta. D'Avena has also written two children's books.


Music career and theme songs for animated series

D'Avena's main line of work is recording theme songs for animated series. Overall, she has sung 743 songs, including theme songs for Sailor Moon, Kimagure Orange Road, Ai Shite Knight, Marmalade Boy, Ace o Nerae!, Touch, Pokémon, Attack No. 1, One Piece, Candy Candy, La Seine no Hoshi, Magic Knight Rayearth, Dr. Slump, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Himitsu no Akko-chan, Little Women, Wedding Peach, Attacker You!, Glass Mask, Cardcaptor Sakura and Rose of Versailles. Cristina has also recorded songs for other television programs. The dubbed Italian songs she sings are not covers of the Japanese songs but newly written songs for the Italian dub of the anime. For the Italian dub of Mahou no Tenshi Creamy Mami, D'Avena both performed the theme songs and dubbed the singing voices of character Creamy Mami and her rival Megumi Ayase. D'Avena has performed themes for live-action TV series and Western cartoon series such as Batman: The Animated Series, Count Duckula, The Mask, My Little Pony and Friends, The Smurfs, The Magic School Bus, The Snorks, Totally Spies, and Jem.

In December 2009, D'Avena released her Magia di Natale album, which includes 12 traditional Christmas songs, all arranged by Valeriano Chiaravalle. In this album, she sang in English for the first time. She also paid homage to the recently deceased Michael Jackson by including a cover of his song "Childhood". She later released another album dedicated to Christmas as well as special albums commemorating her 30th year in the music industry.

D'Avena has presented stories and created fairy tales through VHS tapes, and audio CDs for De Agostini and other editions.[clarification needed]

On 10 November 2017, following her contract with Warner Music Italy, she released her 76th album, Duets - Tutti cantano Cristina, which includes songs with Italian artists including Loredana Bertè, Emma Marrone, J-Ax, Giusy Ferreri, Annalisa, Francesca Michielin, Arisa and Michele Bravi.[3] The album became her first number one album and received the platinum certification by Fimi.[4]

On 23 November 2018, her 77th studio album Duets Forever - Tutti cantano Cristina was released, containing 16 duets with many singer-songwriters of Italian music, such as Elisa, Patty Pravo, Carmen Consoli, Federica Carta, Elodie, Max Pezzali and Alessandra Amoroso.[5] The album reached number three on the Italian Albums Chart, and is certified gold.[6]

Acting and television programs

D'Avena performed the Italian theme song for the anime series, Ai Shite Knight (known in Italy as Kiss Me Licia). She also starred as the female lead, Licia (Yakko-chan), in four live-action drama sequels: Love me Licia, Licia, dolce Licia, Teneramente Licia, and Balliamo e cantiamo con Licia.[citation needed]

A four-season telefilm was created about D'Avena: Arriva Cristina, Cristina, Cri Cri and Cristina, l' Europa siamo noi. They were also hugely successful in the 1990s.[citation needed]

Cristina has been the presenter and the special guest of many TV programs for children, such as Holyday on Ice, Sabato al Circo, Luna Party, L' Allegria fa '90, Bim Bum Bam, Buona Domenica, I Fatti Vostri, Lo Zecchino d' Oro, Game Boat, and Matricole e Meteore.[citation needed]

After co-hosting the TV program Matricole e Meteore for Canale 5,[7] from 2012 to 2013 D'Avena hosted two music-themed programs on the TV channel Super!. In 2014, she was the voice of Beatrice in the Italian dub of Over the Garden Wall. She was a special guest in the 2016 edition of the Festival of Sanremo and was cast for the comedy TV program Colorado.[8][9] On 16 February 2018, D'Avena returned to television as a member of the jury on the first edition of Sanremo Giovani, a teenage talent show hosted by Antonella Clerici.[10]






Year Title Role Notes
1998 Cucciolo Herself
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village Smurfwillow Italian dub; voice role
2019 Playmobil: The Movie Fairy Godmother Italian dub; voice role
Television series and programs
Title Year Role Notes
Bim Bum Bam 1982-2000 Herself (recurring guest) Italian TV Program
Love Me Licia 1986 Licia Italian TV Series; 34 episodes
Licia dolce Licia 1987 Licia Italian TV Series; 35 episodes
Teneramente Licia Licia Italian TV Series; 39 episodes
Balliamo e cantiamo con Licia 1988 Licia Italian TV Series; 36 episodes
Arriva Cristina Cristina Italian TV Series; 36 episodes
Cristina 1989 Cristina Italian TV Series; 36 episodes
Sabato al circo 1989–1991 Herself (recurring guest) Italian TV Program
Cri Cri 1990–1991 Cristina Italian TV Series; 72 episodes
Evviva l'allegria 1990 Herself (co-host) Italian TV Program
Cristina, l'Europa siamo noi 1991 Cristina Italian TV Series; 36 episodes
Zecchino d'Oro 1998-2000, 2017, 2018 Herself (co-host) Italian TV Program
Matricole e meteore 2010 Herself (co-host) Italian TV Program
Karaoke Super Show! 2012 Herself (host) Italian TV Program
Radio Crock'n'Dolls 2013 Herself (host) Italian TV Program
Over the Garden Wall 2014 Beatrice (voice) American TV Series; 10 episodes
Colorado 2016 Herself (recurring guest) Italian TV Program
Sanremo Giovani 2018 Herself (judge) Italian TV Program

See also


  1. ^ "Tanti auguri Cristina D'Avena" [Best Wishes Cristina D'Avena] (in Italian). TGCOM. 5 July 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  2. ^ Giordano, Paolo (21 January 2010). "Ho rifiutato reality per dieci anni. Torno da matricola". Il Giornale (in Italian)
  3. ^ s.r.l, Rockol com. "√ Recensioni | Dischi | Cristina D'Avena - DUETS - TUTTI CANTANO CRISTINA su Rockol". Rockol (in Italian). Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Classifiche - FIMI". (in Italian). Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  5. ^ s.r.l, Rockol com. "√ La recensione di "Duets Forever" di Cristina D'Avena". Rockol (in Italian). Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Classifiche - FIMI". (in Italian). Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Sanremo 2016: gli autori di Carlo Conti, il nostro Festival - ESCLUSIVA - Cultura & Spettacoli". (in Italian). 28 January 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Cristina D'Avena star a Colorado". Donna Moderna. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Sanremo Young: il Festival raddoppia in modalità 'femminocentrica' con Mara Maionchi, Mietta e Iva Zanicchi". FAREMUSIC (in Italian). 12 February 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
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