Dolcenera in concert, 2008
Background information
Birth name Emanuela Trane
Also known as Dolcenera
Born May 16, 1977 (1977-05-16) (age 34)
Galatina, Italy
Genres Pop, Pop rock
Occupations Singer, musician, songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, synth, theremin
Years active 2002–present
Labels Amarena Music, Sony Music, EMI Music

Dolcenera (born Emanuela Trane; May 16, 1977)[1] is an Italian singer, songwriter and actress. Among other recognitions, Dolcenera was awarded to the Venice Music Award for Best Voice and served as a spokesperson for UNICEF's global campaign "Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS".[2]


Early life

Emanuela Trane was born in Galatina (Italy)[1] and grew up in Scorrano. She attended the University of Florence, studying Mechanical engineering.[3]

She started writing songs at the age of 14, and she later studied singing, clarinet and piano.[4] Two years later she founded her first band, named "I Codici Zero".[4] In the early 2000s she met in a web chat her first producer, Lucio Fabbri,[3][5] and then she obtained a recording contract with the independent record label Amarena Music.

Music career

Sorriso Nucleare, the first album

In 2002 she won the singing contest Destinazione Sanremo, broadcast on the Italian channel Rai 2.[2] The show was created to choose the contestants of the 53rd Sanremo Music Festival in the section "New Artists".[6] During the festival, held in May 2003, she sang "Siamo tutti là fuori" and she was announced winner on 7 March 2003,[7] gaining the "Press, TV and Radio Award" too.[8]

Her first album, titled Sorriso nucleare, was released in March 2003.[9] In summer 2003, she started a tour to promote the album.[10] The other singles from the album are "Devo andare al mare"[11] and "Vivo tutta la notte".

Music Farm and the second studio album

In 2005, Dolcenera won the second edition of Music Farm, an Italian reality show, whose contestants were well-known or promising singers.[12] During the live shows, she performed Italian and international songs, such as Loredana Bertè's "Sei bellissima"[13] and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".[14] She also sang for the first time "Mai più noi due", the first single from her second studio album titled Un mondo perfetto.[15]

The album, released on 20 May 2005, peaked at number 4 on the Italian Albums Chart[16] and was certified Platinum,[17] selling more than 90,000 copies.[18] In 2005 she also received the De Andrè Award,[19] the Leone d'Argento as "Musical Revelation of the Year"[19] and she scooped "Best New Artist of the Year" at the MEI ("Meeting of Independent Record Labels").[19]

Il popolo dei sogni and the tour in Germany

Dolcenera and her band during a concert in 2006

In 2006 Dolcenera participated to the 56th Sanremo Music Festival singing "Com'è straordinaria la vita",[20] the lead single from her second album, titled Il popolo dei sogni.[19] The album was certified Gold in the first week and it later received the Platinum certification in Italy.[5]

In August 2006 she released Un mondo perfetto, a compilation album published in Germany, Austria and Switzerland only. The album includes songs from her previous Italian studio albums.[21] On 30 March 2007 the album was re-released with additional bonus tracks, and it was supported by a tour in Germany.[22][23]

Dolcenera nel paese delle meraviglie

Dolcenera during a concert in Sanremo (Province of Imperia, Liguria) in 2009

In 2009 she signed a recording contract with Sony Music and she published her fourth studio album, titled Dolcenera nel paese delle meraviglie.[24] The first single from the album, "Il mio amore unico", was performed during the 59th Sanremo Music Festival, competing in the "Artists" section,[25] but it failed to reach the final.[26] Despite the competition's outcome, the single was strongly aired by Italian radios, reaching the first position in the airplay chart[27] and peaked at number 5 on the Italian Albums Chart.[28] The other singles from the album are "La più bella canzone d'amore che c'è" and "Un dolce incantesimo".[29]

In April 2009, she participated to the charity supergroup Artisti Uniti per l'Abruzzo, recording the song "Domani 21/04.09" to raise money for the population struck by the earthquake in L'Aquila.[30] In order to support the same population, in June 2009 she sang together with more than 40 Italian female singers at the San Siro Stadium. The event, organized by Laura Pausini, was titled Amiche per l'Abruzzo.[31]

On 18 June 2009, she was the support act for Depeche Mode's concert in Milan, during their Tour of the Universe.[32]

Evoluzione della specie

On 8 April 2011, Dolcenera released the single "Il sole di domenica",[33] which was later included in her fifth studio album, Evoluzione della specie,[34] recorded from June to November 2010[35] and released on 17 May 2011 by EMI Music Italy.[33] The second single from the album, "L'amore è un gioco", was released on 26 August 2011.[36]

During the summer of 2011, Dolcenera promoted her album with her Evoluzione della specie tour, which started on 9 June 2011 in Falcade, province of Belluno (Veneto).[37][38]

Actress career

Dolcenera's first acting role was a cameo appearance in Il nostro messia, a 2008 comedy directed by Claudio Serughetti.[39] In 2008 she starred alongside Cristiana Capotondi, Primo Reggiani and Ludovico Fremont in the movie Scrivilo sui muri, directed by Giancarlo Scarchilli.[40]


Studio albums


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Il nostro messia Taxi driver Cameo appearance
2007 Scrivilo sui muri Benny


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  28. ^ "Dolcenera - Il mio amore unico (song)". Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  29. ^ Lucia Salinas (7 August 2009). "Un dolce incantesimo, terzo singolo per Dolcenera" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  30. ^ Rita Celi (5 May 2009). "La musica italiana per l'Abruzzo. 56 artisti cantano per ricostruire" (in Italian). la Repubblica. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  31. ^ Andrea Laffranchi. "Le donne vincono la sfida. A San Siro 55mila fan" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  32. ^ Antonio Incorvaia (19 June 2009). "Com'è stato il "Concert of the Universe" dei Depeche Mode a San Siro?" (in Italian). Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
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  38. ^ Irene Pampanin (8 June 2011). "Musica: il "concerto spaziale" della nuova Dolcenera debutta a Falcade" (in Italian). Corriere delle Alpi. 
  39. ^ "Il nostro Messia. Esordio italiano alla regia, coraggiosamente indipendente e con un cast d'eccezione" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  40. ^ "Dolcenera debutta da attrice in un film sul mondo dei writer" (in Italian). 17 August 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 

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