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SpouseNicolai Ghiaurov, Leone Magiera, La Bohème, act I: Che gelida manina, Senza Mamma, Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia
FactOne 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".


Mirella Freni is an Italian operatic soprano who was born on February 27, 1935, in Modena, Italy. Her parents were non-professional musicians and her father worked in a bicycle factory. Freni began her musical studies at the age of four with a local piano teacher. At the age of eleven, she entered the Conservatorio di Modena where she studied with Beverley Peck Johnson. She made her professional debut in 1954, at the age of nineteen, as Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème in Reggio Emilia.

Freni’s career took off quickly and she soon began appearing at major international opera houses such as La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She became particularly associated with the roles of Mimì, Liù, and Micaëla in the operas of Puccini; Nedda in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci; and Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata. In 1965, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimì and went on to appear there more than one hundred times over the next thirty years.

Freni’s voice was noted for its warm, lyrical quality and she was particularly acclaimed for her vocal expressiveness and interpretation of the emotions of her characters. She retired from the stage in 2005 but continued to give occasional concerts and master classes. In 2008, she was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Freni was married to the Italian bass-baritone Gabriele Lavia from 1959 to 1972. They had one daughter, Irene, who is also a singer. Freni has a net worth of $10 million.

General Info

Full NameMirella Freni
ProfessionActor, Singer, La Bohème, act I: Che gelida manina, Senza Mamma, Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia
NationalityItalian

Family

SpouseNicolai Ghiaurov, Leone Magiera, La Bohème, act I: Che gelida manina, Senza Mamma, Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia
ChildrenMicaela Magiera
ParentsEnnio Freni, Gianna Freni, La Bohème, act I: Che gelida manina, Senza Mamma, Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia

Accomplishments

MoviesPuccini: 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: Falstaff, Verdi: Otello, Faust, Francesco Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur: Alla Scala, Highlights from La Sc...

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1One 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".

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fedora1997TV MovieFedora Romazov
Fedora1993TV MovieLa Principessa Fedora Romanoff
Weltstars singen Weihnachtslieder1992TV MovieSinger (voice)
The Metropolitan Opera Presents1983-1992TV SeriesMrs. Ford / Elisabeth de Valois
Faust1989TV MovieMarguerite
Adriana Lecouvreur1989TV MovieAdriana Lecouvreur
La Bohème1988TV MovieMimì
Great Performances1987TV SeriesAida
Evgeniy Onegin1984TV MovieTatjana
Ernani1982TV MovieElvira
Simon Boccanegra1978TV MovieMaria Grimaldi - Amélia
Otello1976TV MovieDesdemona
Faust1975TV MovieMarguerite
Le nozze di Figaro1975Susanna
Madama Butterfly1975TV MovieCio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly
Otello1974Desdemona
La Traviata1973TV MovieVioletta
Carmen1969Micaëla
La Bohème1965Mimì

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tetro2009performer: "Ecco, son giunte al somme del pendio" - uncredited
Autopsy2008"La Boheme - Si Mi Chiamano Mimi"
Combien tu m'aimes?2005performer: "Madre, Pietosa Vergine", "O Muoio Confessionne Force Du Destin Acte 4", "La Force du Destin
The Swindle1997performer: "Tosca"
Copycat1995performer: "Vissi D'Arte"
The Metropolitan Opera Presents1991TV Series performer - 1 episode
Awakenings1990performer: "O Soave Fanciulla" from "La Bohème"
Opera1987performer: "Un bel dì vedremo"
Fatal Attraction1987performer: "SELECTIONS FROM PUCCINI'S MADAMA BUTTERFLY" 1904
Sherrill Milnes: An All Star Gala1985TV Special performer: "La Traviata: Pura sicoone un angelo"

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Legenden2010TV Series documentaryHerself
The Salzburg Festival2006Video documentaryHerself
Songs of Love and Desire1998TV Special documentarySoprano
A Christmas Celebration: Send Round the Song1992TV Movie documentarySinger of Ave Maria
30 minuts1991TV Series documentaryHerself
The Metropolitan Opera Presents1991TV SeriesDesdemona / Surprise Guest at Prince Orlofsky's party
Gala of Stars 19861986TV Special documentaryHerself
Sherrill Milnes: An All Star Gala1985TV SpecialSoprano
Gala of Stars 19841984TV MovieHerself
Licht ins Dunkel1983TV MovieHerself - Singer
The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala1983TV SpecialHerself
Az ne zhiveya edin zhivot1981DocumentaryMargaritta
The Ed Sullivan Show1966TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances2007TV SeriesDesdemona
Tatort Oper2006TV Movie documentaryMimì
Herbert von Karajan 1908-19891999TV Movie documentaryMimì
Harmoniques1998TV Series documentarySusanna
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: My World of Opera1991TV Movie documentaryElvira

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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