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Mirella Freni, one of the most adored sopranos of all time, passed away on February 9th in her hometown of Modena, Italy at the age of 84.  Her storied career extended for 50 years, beginning with her debut in 1955 in Modena singing Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen to singing Ioanna in The Maid of Orleans with the Washington National Opera in 2005.