Robertino Loreti is an internationally renowned Italian singer, famous for the songs he performed as a teenager, such as Ave Maria, O sole mio, Jamaica, and others.

He is best known and loved in Eastern Europe, where LPs with his songs were sold in millions of copies during the Soviet time. Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko wrote a poem Robertino Loreti. Robertino Loreti is still popular in this part of the world and his concerts are usually sell-outs.

Robertino Loreti, singer © Sasha Krasnov Photography

Robertino Loreti, singer, opposite the Excelsior hotel © Sasha Krasnov Photography

Although the singer himself matured decades ago and supposed to be called Roberto, he is primarily known for his pet name.

We met for a photoshoot in Café de Paris in Rome, situated opposite the Excelsior hotel frequented by many celebrities throughout the years. Among its guests was famous actor-comedian Totò, who revealed Robertino to the world.

© Sasha Krasnov