Compilation: Mirella Freni 80th Birthday Celebration - Excerpts from Cecchina, Serse, Figaro, Bohème, Turandot, Traviata and more
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Mirella Freni was one of the first singers that I fell in love with during my operatic infancy. As I have grown as an opera lover, many of the singers that I once idolized as a teenager I now see in a clearer light, but my love and admiration for Freni has never diminished. Her voice is pristine in its beauty, but even more beautiful was the soul behind it. She brought an honesty to her roles and musical intelligence without ever becoming fussy or mannered. I am very pleased to pay tribute to Freni in the form of this compilation featuring arias and excerpts from La Cecchina, Serse, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, Turandot, La Traviata, Falstaff, Boccanegra, Don Carlo and Otello.