Romina Arena (born May 12, 1980) is an Italian-American popera, operatic pop, pop classical crossover, rock Opera, and New Age singer-songwriter.
Romina Arena grew up in Palermo, Sicily and now lives in Los Angeles. She is the first known tenorette (female tenor) in the world to sing in a five octave range full register. She has collectively sold over four million records worldwide. By the age of four, Arena became an Italian Mouseketeer for the Italian version of Disney's Topolino. She also performed as a classical ballerina in the major Italian Theatres at the age of seven. Her knowledge of 10 languages, including Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Greek, Bulgarian and Hebrew allowed her to open many doors to the international music market. When she was young, Arena was attacked at the backstage of a prime time television show in Sicily and her attacker severed her vocal cords with a pocket knife, leaving her comatose. Her physicians told her she would never sing again. However, she completely recovered over a three-year period. She fully regained her vocal abilities; a strange side effect of the attack was that she developed an extraordinary five-octave vocal range as a result of the trauma to her pharynx.
Arena is the recipient of the 2010 Tricolor Globe Award, the equivalent to the American Oscar in Italy, for best female Italian artist in the world and as a humanitarian. In September 2010, Arena performed for over 300 million viewers on European Television Rai 1, Rai Italia, Rai Radio 1. Canale 5, a popular Italian network owned by Silvio Berlusconi, is preparing a TV special on her life and career with major Italian journalist Alberto D'Amico.
Arena is the recipient of the 2010 CSNA Award (Confederation of the Sicilians in North America), as the most successful Sicilian-Italian female Artist and Humanitarian in North America. She was awarded equally with Italian major actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta. The two stars have received also the famed 2010 PREMIO SICILIA, where Romina was awarded as the best selling recording artist in the world from Sicily.Times of Sicily Slant Magazine Screen Archives Entertainment Radio Vaticana Miracle Feast: Concert The Malibu Times Seven 'Oscars' in pink In Bologna Prize to excellence female GLOBE TRICOLORE. Premio All'Eccellenza Italiana Nel Mondo Italia – Brasile Italian Excellence Award In The World Italy-Brazil TRICOLORE THE GLOBE TO ITALIAN EXCELLENCE IN THE WORLD. THE COUNT DOWN TO BOLOGNA BOLOGNA – Globo Tricolore Italian Excellence Award in the World La Gazzetta del Sud Africa Italians abroad, "Italian women in the world" presents in Bologna the prize for excellence italiana nel mondo GLOBE TRICOLORE, Fair Success For Italian Excellence In The World. Prima Parte. Part One The history of the Targa Florio in Miami Awarded five Sicilian-Americans
Past musical works
Arena has performed Popera/Operatic pop/Pop Classical Crossover. In 2003, Microsoft used her first Rock Opera single "Satellite" (Recorded in English and Italian) as the theme song for the video game Project Gotham Racing 2.The ArbiterOnline Alo Magazine The Las Vegas Sun Project Gotham Racing 2
Recent musical works
Arena is noted for a unique style of operatic pop, rock and classical crossover. The album is titled Morricone.Uncovered and was released on September 18, 2012, by Perseverance Records.Alo Magazine Slant Magazine
Arena has performed and/or worked with Andrea Bocelli, Alessandro Safina, Lou Rawls, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Al Martino, Gladys Knight, The Platters, Eliot Sloan from Blessid Union of Souls, Eric Rigler pipes player from the famous music soundtracks of the movies Braveheart and Titanic 1997 film, and headlined on the Celine Dion stage The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
She has performed several countries worldwide including Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, England, Portugal, Gibraltar, Casablanca, Netherlands, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and Fiji.Live at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Author of books
In 2012, Arena signed a multiple book deal with Linden Publishing/ Quill Driver Books. Her first book "Where Did They Film That? Italy" will be released in 13 languages worldwide 2016.2016 "Where Did They Film That? Italy – Linden/ Quill Driver Books – Travel Book2016 "Romina – Baby Bug Bambina" – Linden/ Quill Driver Books – Children's Book "Romina Arena-Exclusively Represented by AEI". AEI speakers. Retrieved March 19, 2013. Where Did They Film That? Italy – Amazon
Arena has helped many major non-profit organizations over the past four years to raise over a million dollars from such organizations, including the American Red Cross The Yellow Ribbon Group, The Arts Olympus. and Every Woman,Romina Arena @ the Santa Monica Red Cross Red Tie Affair Romina Arena performs @ the Yellow Ribbon Group Romina Arena performs on the Queen Mary Romina Arena Keynote performer @ Every Woman