Laura Valente

Laura Valente, classe 1963, è una delle voci più belle della musica leggera dell’ultimo trentennio.

La sua carriera parte all’inizio degli anni Ottanta quando, notata da Gianni Bella, duetta con quest’ultimo in alcuni brani. Poco tempo dopo conosce Mango che, colpito dalla sua voce, la ingaggia come corista: scelta premiata dal successo degli album che contengono le canzoni impreziosite dagli interventi vocali della Valente.

Alla fine del decennio, l’occasione della carriera: Antonella Ruggiero lascia i Matia Bazar ed il tastierista Piero Cassano investe su Laura, che raccoglie la pesante eredità con grande personalità reggendo con il suo stile interpretativo il confronto con la grande collega. Insieme allo storico gruppo incide quattro album, partecipa due volte a Sanremo con Piccoli giganti e Dedicato a te, che diventano altrettanti classici. Ma quando il rapporto con i Matia Bazar è ormai consolidato, la prematura scomparsa del bassista e paroliere Aldo Stellita sconvolge la Valente che si ritira a tempo indeterminato. Tempo dopo, intervistata sulla sua uscita dal gruppo, ammise di aver avuto molti contrasti e scarsissima empatia con il chitarrista Carlo Marrale, che non la vedeva di buon occhio in quanto molto legato alla figura di Antonella Ruggiero.

Ritorna alla ribalta nel 1999, alternando collaborazioni con Mango ad adattamenti di classici, partecipazioni corali e inediti.

Laura Valente è un’interprete imponente, capace di passare dalla melodia classicheggiante alla portata dei più, a estensioni vocali da brividi, per non tacere dell’aspetto grintoso e rock che rende la sua voce universale. Un solo ma significativo appunto: da un talento simile c’era da aspettarsi una discografia solista più consistente.

È stata compagna e poi moglie del grande Mango, l’artista con cui ha collaborato maggiormente, prematuramente scomparso nel 2014, ed ha alternato alla musica la recitazione teatrale.

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