Fiorella Mannoia may be a mainstream singer but she is too independent and intelligent to be lost in the creative void that passes for mass entertainment these days.
Her stellar performance at Cesena's drab Carisport venue proved that her cultural home lies on stage rather than as part of some dumbed-down 'family spectacular' on TV .
It was particular refreshing to hear her denouncing Italy's morally and culturally bereft government in no uncertain terms. Would that other 'celebrities' had the balls to follow suit.
Now 56, Fiorella has built a substantial reputation on covering songs from the best of Italy's cantautori. These singer-songwriters typically owe much to France's 'chanson' tradition, 60s protest songs and/or the commercial world of soul and pop.
These songs are frequently high on melodrama and sentiment so would not normally be my bag but fortunately with her wealth of experience…