Iskra Menarini (San Felice sul Panaro, 5 May 1946) is an Italian singer, known for video and vocal interpretation of "The Big Bad Wolf", single from the album Change of Lucio Dalla 1990, and participation in the Sanremo Festival 2009 with the song "Quasi Amore".
Then sings in the rock opera Giulio Cesare written by Jimmy Villotti and approaches to jazz, more experimental, to soul and blues; in 1978 she took part in the recording of Vasco Rossi's debut album, ... But what do you want it to be a song ..., as a chorister.
The meeting with Lucio Dalla led her to a long collaboration as its vocalist for 24 years and joined him on tour, on television shows and in several music videos, such as Hello, The Big Bad Wolf, Monday and Tosca – Desperate Love. She also cooperates with other singers, such as Stadium, Luca Carboni, Samuele Bersani.
At 63 years, he participated in the Sanremo Festival 2009, between New Proposals (setting a record as the oldest participant ever in this category of the Festival), singing Almost love, of Lucio Dalla and Marco Alemanno text and music by Roberto Costa.
She also participated as a teacher for a period in the Amici di Maria De Filippi, but left the role after a short time to continue to be freeer in her musical career.
In 2009 she took part at the last album Lucio Dalla Angoli nel cielo.
For charity she performed in a rally with several artists for the restoration of seven churches in Bologna and I Jails for fundraising for L'Aquila.
In 2013 with Alberto Zeppieri she produced the album Ossigeno: A journey into the soul, at the SanLucaSound studies. The album is a journey in her musical life with new songs composed by her and a few covers in memory of Lucio Dalla. Disk collaborated Renato Zero, Gianni Morandi, Gigi D'Alessio, Andrea Mingardi, Sabrina Ferilli, Lino Banfi, Stefano di Battista, the children's choir of Antoniano, Gergo Morales and Marialuce Monari.