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Rosa Ponselle


Birth Name: Rosa Ponzillo

Born: 22 January 1897 Died: 25 May 1981

Country of origin: United States


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Description: Rosa Ponselle was born to Neapolitan immigrants in Conneticut. She was a natural-born singer and launched a career first in Vaudville, where she was working in 1918, when Enrico Caruso discovered her and persuaded her to join the Metropolitan Opera. Her debut occurred in Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" as Leonora. She had had no formal training as an opera singer and for nearly twenty years thereafter managed great successes as a soprano at the Met and in other opera houses in America and Europe. Primarily remembered for her performances in Verdi operas, she abruptly withdrew from the stage in 1937 and retired at the ag ... (more)
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