Mirella Freni: A Life Devoted to Opera
Mirella Freni is one of the most amazing sopranos in the world of opera. In her 50-year career, she has interpreted more than 40 roles and performed on the world’s largest stages. She sang in London’s Covent Garden, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and also at the Glyndebourne and the Salzburg Festivals.
This DVD shows us Mirella Freni during her master classes in her hometown of Modena, Italy. In an interesting interview, Freni speaks about her extraordinary career. We get to see one of her first performances with Luciano Pavarotti in Puccini’s “La Bohème”. Interviews with colleagues and friends such as tenor Plácido Domingo and conductor Herbert von Karajan as well as Freni’s greatest stage performances, private pictures and other rare musical material complete the portrait of this great artist.
“I am really touched by this movie. I feel honored by its sensitive presentation of my life, my career, my work as a teacher and my feelings about all these aspects.“
“It was always most enjoyable to sing with her. I remember our joint performances with a lot of pleasure and also a certain melancholy.”
“…an artist who did everything she could to remain as she was. A simple human being with a big heart.”
……….Herbert von Karajan
Here is Ms. Freni in La Boheme, where she sings sings “Si mi chiamano Mimi”, at the La Scala Opera, 1965
And here she is Final scene of “La Bohème”: (Always takes me to the verge of tears)
And finally, in the following video we get a brief look at Maestro Herbert von Karajan, as he is talking about Ms. Freni’s humanity and her outstanding capabilities as a singer:
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