Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, a native New Yorker, is an award-winning actress and multimedia artist with a devoted international fan following.
Born into a family of Opera professionals, she began performing in her father’s Opera company at the tender age of three. As a young child, she moved to Rome, Italy, where she spent her formative years. She returned to the USA upon being honored with a scholarship offered to her by THE SECOND CITY's famous Training Center for Improvisation in Chicago, IL, breeding ground for many of today's premiere comic talent (Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mike Myers).
Cataldi-Tassoni is best known for her film work (OPERA, MOTHER OF TEARS, THE DIRT, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) with renowned European directors such as legendary filmmakers Dario Argento, Pupi Avati and Luciano Odorisio.
In 2011, Coralina starred in BAGGAGE CLAIM, directed by Golden Globe winner Irene Miracle (Midnight Express). She has performed alongside such screen luminaries as the late Oscar nominee Pete Postlethwaite (Usual Suspects) and John Hannah (The Mummy, Sliding Doors, Spartacus), Asia Argento ( Go-Go-Tales, B-Monkey)
This uniquely versatile artist, graces many creative arenas with her talent: singer-songwriter, produced screenwriter, and columnist for the online newspaper La Voce di New York where her successful bi-lingual column, CORALINA OF THE MIRACLES, is enthusiastically and avidly followed by many readers.
Coralina's body of work is an autobiographical walk through what she calls her"Magical Alternate Dimension", a spiritual journey interspersed with mystic characters from her past, present or future. It could be a person she saw in a dream or a vision, but, ultimately, each painting becomes her through some form of transference. Each painting is a piece of the missing puzzle, a clue, a key to her true self.
"Everything and everyone has a sound, and every sound has an image. My memories, my voice, the voices of others, eyes, hands, situations,objects, cities,lips, streets, rain, moon, smiles, toys, pebbles.Everything. Everyone and everything are notes. Sounds. I feel them. I hear them. I am those sounds. My painting, all my artistic expressions, are translations of those sounds."
Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni's love of music has not only translated itself into colors, but also fueled her to compose and produce her album LIMBO BALLOON, containing eclectic works which she likes to call "Arias", embodying an array of influences from Rock & Roll, New Wave, and Opera. Coralina has performed her music in venues in the USA and Canada.
Coralina’s desire to explore her creativity has allowed her to blossom into a very successful painter. Her solo exhibits have gathered high praise within Manhattan’s art scene. Her art, which she simply signs “Coralina”, has been displayed in the USA and Europe. This prolific artist’s clientèle includes many illustrious international film-makers and performers.
Coralina's career has been celebrated in numerous publications, most recently in the book CORALINA: LIFE IS ART/ART IS LIFE, edited by Huffington Post and La Repubblica journalist Filippo Brunamonti. This prestigious publication has been recently added to the research department at the New York Public Library for The Performing Arts.
LADY M 5.1 is her most recent work. A short film where she plays Lady Macbeth in the screen adaptation of MACBETH's Act 5 Scene 1, by the great William Shakespeare. The film is directed by the award winning director Mariano Baino. She also expressly created for the short, the original soundtrack and designed the costumes along with joining Baino in production design.
In September 2016, Coralina won an AWARD of EXCELLENCE in the category of ACTRESS: LEADING at the Best Shorts Competition for her courageous and emotionally wrenching performance in LADY M 5.1.
The short film, has had the honor to be screened in numerous prestigious venues such as MANA CONTEMPORARY, THE ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES IN NYC, and on October 31, 2017, it will have its European Premier at the MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART in ROME (MACRO).
A MOVING READ had its European Premiere at FANTAFESTIVAL June 16, 2019 where Cataldi-Tassoni was also presented with their SILVER BAT CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.
This Sci-Fi/Fantasy short film was filmed in Naples, Italy by Mariano Baino (2019).
ASTRID'S SAINTS, is a feature film she co-wrote and is producing with director Mariano Baino alongside Gaetano di Vaio, BRONX FILM (Gomorrah, The Series-Per Amor Vostro) in collaboration with Dario Formisano, ESKIMO SRL (Per Amore Vostro, Neve).
Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni resides in New York City.