Moni Ovadia

Ovadia was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1946 to a Jewish family who moved to Milan in Ovadia's early childhood. Here he graduated in Political science, and debuted in the theatre world under Roberto Leydi, as singer and musician in the band Almanacco Popolare. In 1972 he founded a company, the Gruppo Folk Internazionale, playing mainly songs and music from the Balkans.
Ovadia debuted as theatrical actor in 1984. In 1990 he created the Theatre Orchestra and produced Oylem Goylem, which he successfully toured in Italy, France, Germany and USA. Oylem Goylem (Yiddish for "The world is dumb") skillfully melted satire and klezmer music sung by Ovadia himself. In 2005 the spectacle was broadcast by RAI, Italy state TV.
In 1995 Ovadia wrote Dybbuk, about the Shoah, considered one of the most important Italian theatrical show of the period. In the same year he produced Taibele e il suo demone and Diario ironico dall'esilio, written with Roberto Andò. His following spectacles include Ballata di fine millennio (1996), Pallida madre, tenera sorella (1996), Il caso Kafka ("The Kafka File", 1997, with Andò), Trieste, ebrei e dintorni (1998), Mame, mamele, mamma, mamà... (1998), Joss Rakover si rivolge a Dio (1999), il banchiere errante (2001), L'armata a cavallo (2003).
In 2005 he collaborated with band Modena City Ramblers for their album Appunti partigiani.
He has been an outspoken opponent of what he regards as growing racism in Italian society. He received an award from the University of Pavia in October 2007; in his acceptance speech he denounced the treatment of immigrants, especially Roma.
In Sept./Oct. 2003 Mr. Ovadia gave an extensive interview to Vered Zaykovsky of the Israeli cultural magazine "Eretz Acheret". It can be found at
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GDM 2005 Moni Ovadia - Senza Pelle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Alfredo Lacosegliaz / Moni Ovadia Alfredo Lacosegliaz / Moni Ovadia - Senza Pelle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Album) GDM GDM 2005 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
SSB 003 MC, ARPA 1 Moni Ovadia - Dybbuk album art Moni Ovadia / Theaterorchestra Moni Ovadia / Theaterorchestra - Dybbuk (Album) Sensible Records (3), Radio Popolare SSB 003 MC, ARPA 1 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
1999 Moni Ovadia Oylem Goylem Warner Fonit 1999 Italy 1999 Sell This Version
697 Moni Ovadia - Ballata Di Fine Millennio album art Moni Ovadia Ballata Di Fine Millennio(CD, Boo) Einaudi 697 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
AMS 76-77 Moni Ovadia - Canti Per La Pace • Shir Del Essalem album art Theatrum Instrumentorum & Moni Ovadia Theatrum Instrumentorum & Moni Ovadia - Canti Per La Pace • Shir Del Essalem(2xCD, Album) Amadeus AMS 76-77 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
FTCD 26 Moni Ovadia - Partigiani! album art Zuf De Žur, Giovanna Marini, Moni Ovadia, Vlado Kreslin, Ivan Della Mea Zuf De Žur, Giovanna Marini, Moni Ovadia, Vlado Kreslin, Ivan Della Mea - Partigiani!(CD, Album, Dig) Finisterre FTCD 26 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
PM CD 001 Moni Ovadia - Kavanah album art Moni Ovadia Kavanah(CD) Promo Music (2) PM CD 001 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
PM CD1123 Moni Ovadia - Oltre i confini. Ebrei e zigari album art Moni Ovadia, Stage Orchestra Moni Ovadia, Stage Orchestra - Oltre i confini. Ebrei e zigari(CD, Album, dig) Promo Music Records PM CD1123 Italy 2011 Sell This Version
VMCD 156 / VMDVD 156 Moni Ovadia - Benvenuti Nel Ghetto album art Stormy Six, Moni Ovadia Stormy Six, Moni Ovadia - Benvenuti Nel Ghetto(CD, Album + DVD-V, NTSC) VMCD 156 / VMDVD 156 Italy 2013 Sell This Version