image Actress and director, musician and poet, Sonia Bergamasco earned a degree in piano at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. She made her stage debut at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in “Arlecchino dei giovani” (Harlequin of Youth) directed by Giorgio Strehler, and went on to work with Carmelo Bene, Theodoros Terzopoulos and Massimo Castri. She has also directed and performed in shows in which her musical background is more deeply intertwined with theater. She has worked with many noted film and television directors, including Liliana Cavani, Bernardo Bertolucci, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Marco Tullio Giordana, Riccardo Milani and Roberta Torre.
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Sonia Bergamasco was born in Milan, where she earned a conservatory degree in piano.
She made her debut in Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters directed by Giorgio Strehler, and played the Fairy in Carmelo Bene’s last version of Pinocchio for stage and television. She has also worked with noted theater directors Theodoros Terzopoulos, Massimo Castri and Glauco Mauri.
Awarded the Premio Duse for her work as an actress, she regularly directs and performs in shows in which her musical background is more deeply interwoven with theater. These include, among others, The Ball (based on the novel by Irène Némirovsky). In 2017 she directed a new production entitled Louise and Renée (inspired by Letters of Two Brides by Balzac, with original dramaturgy by Stefano Massini), at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan.
In the course of her long artistic collaboration as a singer-actress with composer Azio Corghi, she has appeared in major concert halls both in Italy and abroad. She performed the role of "Elvira" in his opera Il dissoluto assoluto (The Libertine Absolved), based on a libretto by Jose Saramago, at Lisbon’s Teatro Sao Carlos in 2005 and at La Scala in Milan in 2006. In 2017 at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, she performed narration she wrote for a concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio, conducted by Zubin Mehta. As half of a duo with pianist Emanuele Arciuli, she interprets a broad repertoire for voice and piano.
For the 2019 edition of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, she directed Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
She played the leading female role in Giuseppe Bertolucci’s film L’Amore probabilmente (Probably Love) and won the Nastro d’Argento for best actress in a leading role for the film La meglio gioventù (The Best of Youth) directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. She has also worked with directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Giuseppe Piccioni and Franco Battiato. She played the "Queen Mother" in Riccardo va all’inferno (Richard Goes to Hell) directed by Roberta Torre and “Luce” in the comedy Come un gatto in tangenziale (Like a Cat on the Freeway), by Riccardo Milani.
She received the Flaiano Prize for best actress for her role in Liliana Cavani’s film De Gasperi, and has enjoyed continued success in the TV series Tutti pazzi per amore (Everyone’s Crazy for Love) and Una grande famiglia (One Big Family) both directed by Riccardo Milani. She also plays “Livia” on the long-running TV show Il commissario Montalbano (Detective Montalbano).
For her role in Quo vado? (Where Am I Going?), directed by Gennaro Nunziante, she won the Flaiano Prize for best performance of the year, the Alida Valli Prize for best actress in a supporting role at the Bari International Film Festival, and a Golden CIAK Award.