Mirella Freni, birth name Mirella Fregni, (born 27 February 1935, Modena, Italy) is an Italian opera soprano whose repertoire includes Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. Freni was married for many years to the Bulgarian bass Nicolai Ghiaurov, with whom she performed and recorded. She was awarded the Italian Cavaliere di Gran Croce and the French Légion d'honneur in March 1993. The University of Pisa awarded her an honorary degree in 2002 for her "great contribution to European culture...
Lyrics & English translation
I am the humble servant
of the Spirit that creates:
it offers me speech,
I pour it out into your hearts . . .
I am the intonation of the verse,
the echo of the human drama,
the fragile instrument,
vassal of the hand . . .
Gentle, joyous, terrible,
my name is Fidelity-to-what-is,
my voice is a breath,
which will die with the new day.
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I send my kind and warm regards,