The relationship led to Freni exploring Russian roles. Freni returned to the Met the following year for a farewell gala. It is quite cloudy in the world of opera.”, When Freni made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimi in Puccini’s “La Bohème” on Sept. 29, 1965, at the old house, Zinka Milanov went backstage and told assistant manager Francis Robinson: “She’s so wonderful, this girl, she sounds like a young me.”. Freni had old photos as proof. I want to have a normal life. “Over a Met career that spanned four decades, Mirella was the consummate Puccini and Verdi heroine, always singing with beauty and grace and breaking the hearts of our audiences with her moving performances. Shockingly, the event sold only a few hundred tickets, leaving enormous Music Hall nearly empty. “You can see who got all the milk!” she once told author Fred Plotkin. Freni gained attention at England’s Glyndebourne Festival, where she sang Zerlina alongside Joan Sutherland’s Donna Anna in a 1960 staging of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and Adina two years later in a Franco Zeffirelli production of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love).”. Ghiaurov died in 2004.
“She knew how to phrase musically and naturally the Italian melodies without exaggerating, without superficiality,” Muti said. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed. “If I say `yes,’ I could sing every day – every day. Freni is survived by her daughter, Micaela Magiera, author of a book about the lives of her mother and Pavarotti, “La Bimba sotto il pianoforte (The Little Girl under the Piano)”; stepson Vladimir Ghiaurov, a conductor; stepdaughter Elena Ghiaurov, an actress; two grandchildren; and sister Marta. All rights reserved. If you have a scene with your lover and you have to tell him, I love you, do you scream out I LOVE YOU!?'”. But when she needed a respite, Justice Ginsburg famously turned to music. Karajan would become a significant supporter of the Italian singer. “She went directly to the essence of the phrase. In the evening, when the mammas finished the work, they brought us home.”, Freni and Pavarotti traveled together to Mantua to study with Italian composer and teacher Ettore Campogalliani, who also taught Tebaldi, Renata Scotto and Carlo Bergonzi. And she was one of the stars of the first “big-league” event I ever attended: the 25th Anniversary Gala of the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1979. This As video became increasingly important during the second half of her career, she thrived for her ability to connect as expressively with viewers at home as she did with the “loggionisti” up in La Scala’s gallery.
If there was an operatic hall of fame, she would be enshrined unanimously on the first ballot.”. To be a gifted artist, you have to be able to interpret in a certain way. Born Mirella Fregni on Feb. 27, 1935, in Modena, she changed the spelling of her stage name, thinking it would be easier to pronounce. Live with Carnegie Hall: Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
So, looking back, I’m astonished that I was able to attend 13 of her performances over a 33-year period! Somewhere I remember reading that the Met return was to be a new production of Mascagni’s Il Piccolo Marat with Plácido Domingo and Nicolai Ghiaurov, but that of course never happened. But I’m glad to go back to my real home in Modena tonight. Hosted by Isabel Leonard, this episode honors the late justice – featuring appearances by Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, and Patrice Michaels.