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Mirella Freni

Mirella Freni

Soprano

Freni was born in Modena in 1935 and made her professional operatic debut in her hometown in 1955, as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen; she came to international prominence five years later when she sang Zerlina at Glyndebourne, returning in 1962 as Mozart's Susanna and as Adina in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of L’elisir d’amore; though Freni became increasingly associated with Verdi and Puccini as her career progressed, she continued to sing Mozart’s soubrettes for several decades, bringing irresistible charm and sensuality to the role of Susanna in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s film of Le nozze di Figaro in 1976.

Further Reading: Mirella Freni

 Obituary, Mirella Freni (1935-2020)

The Italian soprano, who was widely recognised as one of the finest Verdi and Puccini singers of the twentieth century, has died aged 84.

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