Mirella Freni Autograph from 1963. Hand Signed La Scala Photo, CoA

Soprano Mirella Freni: b/w photo, depicting Freni as Mimi in La Boheme. Hand signed in 1963.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. 4 x 6 inches, bends at right corners otherwise fine condition.

Mirella Freni is an Italian opera soprano. She made her operatic debut in Modena at 1955, at age 19, as Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen.

In 1961, Freni made her Royal Opera House debut as Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff. In 1963, she made her debut at La Scala, in a production staged by Zeffirelli and conducted by Herbert von Karajan (Freni went on to become one of Karajan's favourite singers). In 1965, Freni made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimì, and later appeared there as Liù in Puccini's Turandot, as well as Marguerite in Faust and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. In 1981, she married Nicolai Ghiaurov, one of the leading operatic basses of the post-war period. Together they helped establish the Centro Universale del Bel Canto in Vignola, where they started giving master classes in 2002. From the early 1970s into the 1980s, Freni began singing heavier Verdi roles, notably Elisabetta in Don Carlo (in John Dexter's production), Desdemona in Otello (with Jon Vickers), and Amelia in Simon Boccanegra.

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