Mirella Freni may be the textbook exemplory case of a lyric soprano who expanded wisely towards the spinto tasks, conserving her tone of voice in order that even in her sixties she even now possessed plenty of vocal freshness and bloom that she made a credible Mimi in theaters all around the globe. (In Italy, among her nicknames is definitely “La Prudentissima,” or “probably the most prudent one.”) She actually is also an extremely sympathetic actor both in comedies and much more serious tasks. Within an amusing coincidence, she and Pavarotti distributed the same damp nurse as a kid (both of their moms worked within a cigarette factory, making their very own dairy unsuitable) and she afterwards joked that he certainly got the larger share from the dairy. The granddaughter of Valentina Bartomesi, Freni was a kid prodigy, performing “Sempre libera” in her initial public functionality at age ten. At 12, she produced her broadcast debut performing “El bel di” within a radio competition. Beniamino Gigli, a competition judge, warned her that she could harm her tone of voice if she continuing to sing opera with her tone of voice still therefore undeveloped. She waited until she was 17 to begin with studying once again. Her new instructor was Ettore Campogalliani, whose most-celebrated pupil have been Renata Tebaldi. 2 yrs afterwards, in 1955, she produced her stage debut as Micaela in Carmen, among her favorite & most effective assignments. At this time, she briefly postponed additional career advancement when she wedded conductor Leone Magiera and acquired a kid (whom she called Micaela, after her debut function), but resumed performing once again in 1958, when she gained the Viotti competition in Vercelli, Italy. The award was the function of Mimi in La bohème in Turin, a job where she later produced her Met, La Scala, Chicago, and SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA debuts. In 1960, she produced her Glyndebourne debut as Zerlina, in 1961 her Covent Backyard debut as Nanetta in Falstaff, and in 1963 her La Scala debut as Mimi in La bohème within the now-famous Zeffirelli creation. Herbert von Karajan was the conductor for the La Scala Bohème, and he became among her prominent followers; as he do with many performers, he inspired her to go toward heavier repertoire, such as for example Desdemona in Otello, which she first sang with him in 1970 and in addition filmed with Jon Vickers and Peter Glossop within a film directed and executed by Karajan. In those days, he announced that he previously waited 40 years to listen to this kind of Desdemona. She began to add even more of the lyrico-spinto assignments to her stage repertoire and in addition filmed the function of Madama Butterfly with Karajan. Nevertheless, she totally refused to sing the name part of Turandot when he asked her to in 1980, and he consequently refused to utilize her once again. In 1981, she wedded Bulgarian bass Nicolai Ghiaurov, who inspired her to look at the Russian repertoire. Initially, she begun to add Russian music to her recitals, along with his musical and vocabulary coaching, and in the past due 1980s, she was prepared to sing the function of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin. In 1990, she had taken on Lisa (The Queen of Spades). Within the middle-1990s, she began singing Giordano assignments for the very first time, not merely Fedora, a job typically beloved by divas toward the finish of their professions, but the name function of Madame Sans-Gene, a comedic, actually occasionally farcical part. In 1990, she received the purchase Cavaliere della Gran Croce della Republica Italiana as well as the Légion d’Honneur in 1993.
|1||One of the world's greatest and most popular Italian sopranos. Her most famous roles are Mimi in "La Boheme" and Cio-Cio-San in "Madame Butterfly".|
|Fedora||1997||TV Movie||Fedora Romazov|
|Fedora||1993||TV Movie||La Principessa Fedora Romanoff|
|Weltstars singen Weihnachtslieder||1992||TV Movie||Singer (voice)|
|The Metropolitan Opera Presents||1983-1992||TV Series||Mrs. Ford / Elisabeth de Valois|
|Adriana Lecouvreur||1989||TV Movie||Adriana Lecouvreur|
|La Bohème||1988||TV Movie||Mimì|
|Great Performances||1987||TV Series||Aida|
|Evgeniy Onegin||1984||TV Movie||Tatjana|
|Simon Boccanegra||1978||TV Movie||Maria Grimaldi - Amélia|
|Le nozze di Figaro||1975||Susanna|
|Madama Butterfly||1975||TV Movie||Cio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly|
|La Traviata||1973||TV Movie||Violetta|
|Tetro||2009||performer: "Ecco, son giunte al somme del pendio" - uncredited|
|Autopsy||2008||"La Boheme - Si Mi Chiamano Mimi"|
|Combien tu m'aimes?||2005||performer: "Madre, Pietosa Vergine", "O Muoio Confessionne Force Du Destin Acte 4", "La Force du Destin|
|The Swindle||1997||performer: "Tosca"|
|Copycat||1995||performer: "Vissi D'Arte"|
|The Metropolitan Opera Presents||1991||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|Awakenings||1990||performer: "O Soave Fanciulla" from "La Bohème"|
|Opera||1987||performer: "Un bel dì vedremo"|
|Fatal Attraction||1987||performer: "SELECTIONS FROM PUCCINI'S MADAMA BUTTERFLY" 1904|
|Sherrill Milnes: An All Star Gala||1985||TV Special performer: "La Traviata: Pura sicoone un angelo"|
|Legenden||2010||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|The Salzburg Festival||2006||Video documentary||Herself|
|Songs of Love and Desire||1998||TV Special documentary||Soprano|
|A Christmas Celebration: Send Round the Song||1992||TV Movie documentary||Singer of Ave Maria|
|30 minuts||1991||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|The Metropolitan Opera Presents||1991||TV Series||Desdemona / Surprise Guest at Prince Orlofsky's party|
|Gala of Stars 1986||1986||TV Special documentary||Herself|
|Sherrill Milnes: An All Star Gala||1985||TV Special||Soprano|
|Gala of Stars 1984||1984||TV Movie||Herself|
|Licht ins Dunkel||1983||TV Movie||Herself - Singer|
|The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala||1983||TV Special||Herself|
|Az ne zhiveya edin zhivot||1981||Documentary||Margaritta|
|The Ed Sullivan Show||1966||TV Series||Herself|
|Great Performances||2007||TV Series||Desdemona|
|Tatort Oper||2006||TV Movie documentary||Mimì|
|Herbert von Karajan 1908-1989||1999||TV Movie documentary||Mimì|
|Harmoniques||1998||TV Series documentary||Susanna|
|Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: My World of Opera||1991||TV Movie documentary||Elvira|
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