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Mirella Freni

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Italian
Year of Birth: 1935

About Mirella Freni:

Mirella Freni (Italian: ; born Mirella Fregni on 27 February 1935) is an Italian 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.

Freni was born into a working-class family in Modena; her mother and tenor Luciano Pavarotti's mother worked together at a cigar factory, and an aunt was the soprano Valentina Bartolomasi. She was a musically gifted child, and when 10 years old sang "Un bel dì vedremo" in a radio competition; the tenor Beniamino Gigli warned her, however, that she risked ruining her voice and advised her to give up singing until she was older. She resumed singing at the age of 17.

Freni made her operatic debut at the Teatro Municipale in her hometown on 3 March 1955, when 20 years old, as Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen. She later married her teacher, the piano player and director Leone Magiera, resuming her career in 1958 when she performed Mimì in Puccini's La bohème at the Teatro Regio in Turin, and sang in The Netherlands Opera 1959–60 season. Her international breakthrough came at Glyndebourne, where she sang as Adina in Franco Zeffirelli's staging of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore; in the Glyndebourne 1960–62 season she sang the Mozart comic roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Letter scene Popularity:

Opera: Eugene OneginComposer: TchaikovskyAct:

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Russian

Roles: Tatyana
2Ah! dove il perfido Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: recitativeVoice: S S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Zerlina/Ottavio/Masetto
3Esulti pur la Barbara Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.16-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Nemorino
4Suvvia cosi terribile Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 2.09-1

Type: quintet,finaleVoice: T S Br T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio/Nedda/Tonio/Beppe/Silvio
5Il rito augusto si compia Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Valton/Enrichetta/Arturo
6E strano! e strano! Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
7Gia i sacerdoti adunansi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
8Basilio in traccia tosto di Figaro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Susanna/Cherubino/Basilio
9Venite pur avanti Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.28-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Anna/Elvira/Ottavio
10Ora a noi sedete qui Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sharpless/Cio-Cio
11Acerba volutta Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Princess
12Fra le tue braccia, amore! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.04-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
13Deh! vieni non tardar Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
14Tosca che non mi veda Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia/Tosca/A Sacristan
15Orsu Tosca parlate Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia/Tosca
16Fulgida Alice amor t'offro Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: recitative,ensembleVoice: B Br 2Ts 2Ss 2MzsLanguage: Italian

Roles:
17Ah! quegli occhi Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
18Ah! fors e lui che l'anima Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
19A una fonte afflitto e solo Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.02-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Arturo
20O grandi occhi lucenti di fede Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora
21Non pianger mia compagna Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth
22Quale aspetto sgomento e desolato Popularity:

Opera: Gianni SchicchiComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02-1

Type: sceneVoice: Br T S T cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Gianni Schicchi/Rinuccio/Lauretta/Gherardo/Zita
23Signor sargente Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giannetta/Belcore/Nemorino
24Alfredo? per parigi or partiva Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
25Gia nella notte densa Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
26Forma ideal purissima Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 4

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust/Elena
27Manco male e partita Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Zerlina/Masetto
28O patria Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14

Type: quintet,choir,finaleVoice: S T B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Danieli/Procida/Arrigo/Guido
29Un di ero piccina Popularity:

Opera: IrisComposer: MascagniAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Iris
30Esci ormai garzon malnato Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: Voice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Count
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