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Mirella Freni

  • Soprano


Mirella Freni: "Veneration of elders is not a concept that holds much water these days, although grand opera may be an exception. Broken voices with glorious pasts regularly enjoy the whoops and yells of opera fanatics celebrating some milestone or tribute. Yet in the case of Mirella Freni on Sunday afternoon they were confronting a working singer, not just a legend in bodily form. The Metropolitan Opera was reminding the Italian soprano of her 40 years of singing here, both at the old Met and at Lincoln Center. At 70, Ms. Freni was reminding audiences that she would be by far the most interesting singer at her own gala…. Ms. Freni is a wonder whose wonderfulness begins with the honesty radiating from within." The New York Times (17 May 2005)