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Mirella Freni


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.

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Full Name Mirella Freni
Date Of Birth February 27, 1935
Profession Actor, Opera Singer
Nationality Italian
Spouse Nicolai Ghiaurov, Leone Magiera
Children Micaela Magiera
Parents Ennio Freni, Gianna Freni
Music Songs Sì. Mi chiamano mimì, Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Tu? tu? Piccolo Iddio!, Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro", Ave Maria, piena di grazia, Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia, La Bohème, act IV: O Mimì, tu più non torni, L'amico Fritz: Cherry Duet, La Bohème, act II: Oh!... Essa!... Musetta!, Signore, Ascolta, Convien Partir "La Figlia Del Reggimento", La Bohème, act III: Mimì è una civetta, La Boheme: "Quando men vo", Parle-moi de ma mère!, La Bohème, Act 3: "Addio … Donde lieta usci al tuo grido", Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Op.24, TH.5 / Act 1 - "Puskai pogilabnu ya, no pryezhde", Don Carlos/Elisabeth, Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Viene la sera, Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - Lauretta mia, staremo sempre qui, La rondine, Act 1: "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta?", Carmen, WD 31, Act 2 Scene 1: No. 22, Air, "C'est des contrebandiers le refuge ordinaire ... Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante", Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Act 1 - "Qual fiamma aveva nel guardo!", La traviata, Act 1 Scene 5: No. 3a, Scena ed Aria, "È strano! … Ah, fors'e lui che I'anima … Sempre libera", Guglielmo Tell: Selva opaca, Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 1. Requiem, La Bohème, Act I: Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì, Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Chi m'insegna il caro padre, Let's talk a little..., Carmen: Je dis, que rien ne m'épouvante, Don Pasquale, Act 1 Scene 4: No. 3, Cavatina, "Quel guardo il cavaliere … So anch' io la virtù magica", Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 1. Cortese damigella, La forza del destino: Nella guerra, è la follia, Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 7. Libera me
Albums La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème (Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano feat conductor: Antonino Votto; Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Rolando Panerai, Manuel Spatafora, Nicola Zaccaria, Anna Moffo, Carlo Badioli), Otello, Carmen, Tosca, Aida, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci (The National Philharmonic Orchestra feat. tenor: Luciano Pavarotti), Verdi: Ernani (Live, 1982), La Figlia del Reggimento, The Compact Opera Collection: Carmen, Eugen Onegin (Staatskapelle Dresden feat. conductor: James Levine), Opera Arias, Puccini: Tosca (1990), Giordano: Madame Sans-Gene, Verdi: La Traviata, Mirella Freni - A Celebration, Legendary Performances of Freni, Pergolesi: Stabat Mater / Scarlatti: 3 Concerti grossi, Ein Portrait, Bizet: Corelli and Simionato in Carmen, Donzietti: L'elisir D'amore, Faust, Mirella Freni - The First Recitals, Mirella Freni - Un ballo in maschera; Don Carlos; Aida; Otello; Turandot; Manon Lescaut; La Bohème; Madama Butterfly, Icon: Mirella Freni, Scarlatti: La Griselda (Live), Rossini: Guglielmo Tell, Mireille, Great Singers Live: Mirella Freni, Don Carlo (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan), Mirella Freni, Mefistofele (National Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Oliviero De Fabritiis, Ghiaurov, Pavarotti, Freni, Caballé), Nessun dorma, Vol. 1, Puccini: Manon Lescaut, Don Carlo, Mirella Freni - Opera Arias, Manon, Falstaff (RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & Chorus, feat. conductor: Solti, singers: Evans, Freni, Simionato, Merril), Pagliacci, Simon Boccanegra (La Scala Opera House Orchestra & Chorus feat. conductor: Claudio Abbado), Puccini: Tosca (highlights), Simon Boccanegra (Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala feat. conductor: Claudio Abbado), L'Elisir D'Amore, Puccini: Il Trittico, Handel: Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40 [Recorded 1962], Pavarotti - Freni, Guglielmo Tell, Manon Lescaut, Ernani, Un bel di - Puccini Scenes & Arias
Movies Puccini: La Bohème: San Francisco Opera, Evgeniy Onegin, Weltstars singen Weihnachtslieder, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro, Puccini Gold, Ernani, Umberto Giordano: Fedora, Verdi Favorites, Fedora (Metropolitan Opera), Francesco Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur: Alla Scala, Simon Boccanegra, Faust, Highlights from La Scala, Verdi: Falstaff, Verdi: Otello

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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
Faust 1989 TV Movie Marguerite
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
Ernani 1982 TV Movie Elvira
Simon Boccanegra 1978 TV Movie Maria Grimaldi - Amélia
Otello 1976 TV Movie Desdemona
Faust 1975 TV Movie Marguerite
Le nozze di Figaro 1975 Susanna
Madama Butterfly 1975 TV Movie Cio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly
Otello 1974 Desdemona
La Traviata 1973 TV Movie Violetta
Carmen 1969 Micaëla
La Bohème 1965 Mimì



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

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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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