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Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231751

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.001.0001

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Rosa Ponselle, Incomparable Diva

Rosa Ponselle, Incomparable Diva

(p.284) Rosa Ponselle, Incomparable Diva
American Woman, Italian Style

Carol Bonomo Jennngs

Christine Palamidessi Moore

Fordham University Press

Messages from the musical world are uniformly adulatory. Leonard Bernstein, in his greeting, credits Rosa Ponselle with changing the direction of his life. When young Rosa Ponzillo first gave hints of the vocal genius that was to make her internationally famous is a matter of continuing speculation. Rosa Ponselle's career reads like an opera compendium. Less than a month after her debut she took on the awesome role of Rezia in Weber's Oberon, singing it in English because of anti-German wartime sentiments. Luciano Pavarotti has the answer to Rosa Ponselle's continuing hold upon opera savants. Her own assessment of her role in opera history is more succinct.

Keywords:   Rosa Ponselle, Rosa Ponzillo, Luciano Pavarotti, opera, vocal genius, opera history

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