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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
421Esser madre e un inferno Popularity:

Opera: ArlesianaComposer: CileaAct: 3.08-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosa Mammai
422Lauretta mia, staremo sempre qui Popularity:

Opera: Gianni SchicchiComposer: PucciniAct: 1.07

Type: scene,duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinuccio/Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi
423Voici la vaste plaine Popularity:

Opera: MireilleComposer: GounodAct: 4.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Mireille
424Vado corro Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norina/Dr Malatesta
425Ourrias! Pourquoi fuir si vite Popularity:

Opera: MireilleComposer: GounodAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: French

Roles: Mireille/Ourrias
426Ah! le ciel soit lou? Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 4.02

Type: quartetVoice: Mz S B BLanguage: French

Roles: Gertrude/Juliette/Count/Frère Laurent
427La straniera 1 Popularity:

Opera: Straniera, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.07

Type: duet,choirVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Isoletta/Montolino
428Barbara io ben lo so Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.16

Type: ariaVoice: trebleLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oberto
429Quale 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
430Ah Mireille Popularity:

Opera: MireilleComposer: GounodAct: 3.02-3

Type: sceneVoice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Vincent/Taven
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