Il Cir­colo

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Il Cir­colo, the Ital­ian Cul­tural So­ci­ety of the Palm Beaches, re­cently held an event that put three gen­er­a­tions of so­pra­nos to­gether to share their ex­pe­ri­ences. It was mod­er­ated by Dean Lloyd Mims of Palm Beach At­lantic Uni­ver­sity. The renowned Vir­ginia Zeani, 89, told of her fer­vent de­sire as a child to be an opera star de­spite her mea­ger up­bring­ing in Ro­ma­nia where gypsy mu­sic was com­mon. Mar­i­lyn Mims wanted so badly to sing Vi­o­letta in Verdi’s Travi­ata that she went to In­di­ana Uni­ver­sity to seek the tutelege of Zeani who had sung the role so mag­nif­i­cently over 600 times. Then fast-for­ward to to­day, whereMar­i­lyn Mims’ daugh­ter, Vir­ginia Mims, 18, is a promis­ing young so­prano. The jam-packed au­di­to­rium gave sev­eral stand­ing ova­tions as Vir­ginia Zeani and Mar­i­lyn Mims’ record­ings were played. When Vir­ginia Mims sang live, the au­di­ence was in awe at the stage pres­ence and su­perb mu­si­cal per­for­mance of this young so­prano.

Vir­ginia Zeani, left, Mar­i­lyn Mims, Vir­ginia Mims and Lloyd Mims

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