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The First Recitals - arias from La Boheme, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Falstaff et al. / Mirella Freni, soprano

Audio Samples

>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera
>     Ah! Se una volta sola... Ah! non credea mirarti
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
>     Eccomi in lieta vesta... O quante volte, o quante!
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     Qui dei contrabbandier... lo dico, no, non son paurosa
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
>     Sul fil d'un soffio etesio
>Mascagni, Pietro : L' Amico Fritz
>     Son pochi fiori
>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
>     Senza mamma
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>     O mio babbino caro
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Si, mi chiamano Mimì
>     O soave fanciulla
>     Donde lieta uscì
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Signore, ascolta
>     Tu, che di gel sei cinta
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>     Viene la sera... O quanti occhi fisi

Album Summary

>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
>Mascagni, Pietro : L' Amico Fritz
>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The recordings on this CD are taken from Freni's first two solo recitals. The first was recorded in 1959 with the orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the second, a very rare LP, with the orchestra of Vienna's Volksoper was recorded a bit later. They reveal a fresh, lyric soprano voice that could hardly be more enchanting.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Other arias from L'Amico Fritz, Suor Angelica, Falstaff, Turandot, and Boheme (three selections, including 'O soave fanciulla' with Viktor Remsey) complete this well-filled collection. Once again the perceptive notes by Laura Wagner-Semrau are a welcome addition to a highly enjoyable recital and a worthy memento of one of the 20th Century's leading lyric sopranos.



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>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera :: Ah! Se una volta sola... Ah! non credea mirarti
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Ino Savini
  • Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1831

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera :: Eccomi in lieta vesta... O quante volte, o quante!
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Ino Savini
  • Ensemble: Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1830

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Qui dei contrabbandier... lo dico, no, non son paurosa
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Ino Savini
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff :: Sul fil d'un soffio etesio
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Ino Savini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Mascagni, Pietro : L' Amico Fritz :: Son pochi fiori
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Ino Savini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica :: Senza mamma
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Ino Savini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Ino Savini
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Si, mi chiamano Mimì
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: O soave fanciulla
  • Performers: Viktor Remsey; Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Donde lieta uscì
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Signore, ascolta
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Tu, che di gel sei cinta
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Viene la sera... O quanti occhi fisi
  • Performers: Gianni Ferro; Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904