Katia's up to her old antics again! Italian soprano sparkplug Katia Ricciarelli publicly trash-talked ex-husband, superchees Italian TV icon Pippo Baudo (and also admitted her great love for Jose Carreras and Herbert Von Karajan), which will all be published in tomorrow's "Diva e Donna" magazine. All translations by OC kthnx!
Speaking against Pippo Baudo's unofficial embargo against "all things Katia" as host of Italian tv shows (which at times dedicate precious air time to opera and classical music), the Italian soprano says that she and Pippo aren't even on speaking terms. Separated in 2004, they were married for eighteen years. Katia was Baudo's second wife. Baudo is the long-time host of "Domenica In" and a prominent face behind Italy's super cheesy San Remo festivals.
She also divulges some of the greatest loves of her life. On Jose Carreras: "We were gorgeous and invincible. With him I experienced the most beautiful years of my life. It ended with him because we had such a strong rapport that I was afraid that it would distract me from my career. And he was married. But between us remains a great friendship."
Sadly, Katia speaks about her long marriage to Baudo: "I thought I'd grow old with him. I have no regrets about how things went. But I can't help thinking that if it had been true love, we would have stayed friends. Instead today, after eighteen years of marriage, we're nothing. Nothing."
"When he broadcasts shows about opera, he doesn't even mention me! He should do it even for the sake of being newsworthy! This isn't the way one should do things."
And she admits to crushing on Herbert von Karajan!! "I wanted to marry Herbert Von Karajan. If he had asked me to come into his 'office', let's say, I would have done it!"
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, Dear Katia.