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