Mirella Freni

1935 - 2020

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Mirella Freni, OMRI (Italian: [miˈrɛlːa ˈfreːni], born Mirella Fregni, 27 February 1935 – 9 February 2020) was an Italian operatic soprano who had a career of 50 years and appeared at major international opera houses. She received international attention at the Glyndebourne Festival, where she appeared as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni and as Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. Freni is associated with the role of Mimi in Puccini's La bohème, which featured in her repertoire from 1957 to 1999 and which she sang at La Scala in Milan and the Vienna State Opera in 1963, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mirella Freni has received more than 273,547 page views. Her biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Mirella Freni is the 98th most popular singer (up from 213th in 2019), the 704th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,267th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Italian Singer.

Mirella Freni is most famous for her role as the first lady of the Metropolitan Opera.

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Among singers, Mirella Freni ranks 98 out of 3,541Before her are Lys Assia, Diana Ross, Mercedes Sosa, Morrissey, France Gall, and Yma Sumac. After her are Donna Summer, Roy Orbison, Rihanna, Robin Gibb, John Lee Hooker, and Alla Pugacheva.

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Among people born in 1935, Mirella Freni ranks 29Before her are Ágota Kristóf, Fairuz, Bibi Andersson, Omar Sívori, Faisal II of Iraq, and Mercedes Sosa. After her are Gherman Titov, Jerry Lee Lewis, Omar Bongo, William Friedkin, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and Maj Sjöwall. Among people deceased in 2020, Mirella Freni ranks 33Before her are Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Joel Schumacher, Oliver E. Williamson, Kenny Rogers, Stirling Moss, and John le Carré. After her are Luis Sepúlveda, Paolo Rossi, Radomir Antić, Christopher Tolkien, Nexhmije Hoxha, and Rob Rensenbrink.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Mirella Freni ranks 704 out of 4,088Before her are Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (-519), Marie Thérèse Louise of Savoy, Princesse de Lamballe (1749), Titus Tatius (-800), Pope Theodore II (840), Pietro da Cortona (1596), and Alessandro Manzoni (1785). After her are Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1769), Andrea Pisano (1290), Jacobus da Varagine (1228), Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy (1562), Andrea Pozzo (1642), and Pope Stephen VIII (900).

Among SINGERS In Italy

Among singers born in Italy, Mirella Freni ranks 11Before her are Andrea Bocelli (1958), Toto Cutugno (1943), Albano Carrisi (1943), Domenico Modugno (1928), Salvatore Adamo (1943), and Gigliola Cinquetti (1947). After her are Eros Ramazzotti (1963), Renata Tebaldi (1922), Mina (1940), Giuseppe Di Stefano (1921), Beniamino Gigli (1890), and Barbara Strozzi (1619).