Met to Salute Mirella Freni at Gala in May

Classic Arts News   Met to Salute Mirella Freni at Gala in May
The Metropolitan Opera will pay tribute to soprano Mirella Freni at a star-studded gala on May 15, the company announced.

The gala marks the 50th anniversary of Freni's operatic debut and the 40th anniversary of her Met debut.

Among the singers scheduled to appear are Freni, Frederica von Stade, Marcello Giordani, Salvatore Licitra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Robert Lloyd, and James Morris. The program will include arias and ensembles from operas by Cila, Thomas, Ponchielli, Boito, Giordano, and Alfano, as well as the complete third act of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. James Levine will conduct.

Freni was born in Modena, Italy, in 1935 and made her debut there as MicaêŠla in Carmen in 1965. She made her Met debut in 1965 as MimÐ in La bohme, and has since sung 13 roles in a total of 138 performances with the company.

Tickets for the gala will go on sale on April 17.

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