2010, the year of her 75th birthday and the 55th anniversary of her stage debut.
Mirella Freni is one of the most remarkable soprano singers in the world of opera. She has been winning over audiences for half a century with her ever fresh and youthful vocals and with a voice quality which remains undiminished.
The portrait shows Mirella Freni during masterclasses in her hometown of Modena; in an extended interview, filmed in the Teatro Comunale, Freni speaks about her extraordinary career. Interviews with colleagues and friends such as famous tenor Plácido Domingo and conductor Herbert von Karajan as well as Freni’s greatest stage performances, private pictures and rare material from the archive complete the portrait.
„I am really touched by this movie. I feel honoured by its sensitive presentation of my life, my career, my work as a teacher and my feelings about all these aspects.“ Mirella Freni
„It was always most enjoyable to sing with her. I remember our joint performances with a lot of pleasure and also a certain melancholy.” Plácido Domingo
„She is a born singer. When she is on stage, everything sings - her voice, her technique, her art and her heart.“ Carlos Kleiber
„an artist who did everything she could to remain as she was. A simple human being with a big heart.” Herbert von Karajan
Sound Format: PCM Stereo (Doc), PCM Stereo,
Dolby Stereo (La Bohème)
PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 (Fedora)
Picture Format: 16:9 (Documentary)
4:3 (La Bohème, Fedora)
DVD Format: 2 x DVD 9, 1 x DVD 5, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES
Running Time: 58 mins (Doc)
116 mins (La Bohème)
113 mins (Fedora)
Mirella Freni (Mimi), Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo), Gino Quilico (Marcello), Stephen Dickson (Schaunard), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Colline), Sandra Pacetti (Musetta), Italo Tajo (Benoit/Alcindoro), Mirella Freni (Fedora), Plácido Domingo (Ipanov), Ainhoa Arteta (Olga Sukarov), Dwayne Croft (de Siriex)
San Francisco Opera House, Teatro Alla Scala, Tiziano Severini (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director), Gianandrea Gavazzeni (conductor) & Lamberto Puggelli (stage director)