A Collection of Photos Feat. Soprano Rosa Ponselle (1897 – 1981)

Rosa Ponselle (1897 – 1981), was an American operatic soprano with a large, opulent voice. She sang mainly at the New York Metropolitan Opera and is generally considered by music critics to have been one of the greatest sopranos of the past 100 years.

During the early 1910s she hand her sister were a headlining act on the Keith Vaudeville Circuit, appearing in all the major Keith theaters and earning a substantial income in the process. The sisters’ act consisted of traditional ballads, popular Italian songs, and operatic arias and duets.

In 1918 she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Leonora in Verdi’s La forza del destino, opposite non other than Caruso. It was her first performance on any opera stage and she scored a tremendous success, both with the public and with the critics. Her professional career lasted 21 years. Her last operatic performance was as Carmen in1937, in a Met tour performance in Cleveland.

Ponselle later said that she never missed performing after she retired. She built a luxurious home with her husband near Baltimore, Maryland, the Villa Pace, where she lived the rest of her life.


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Rosa Ponsella as Violetta in Verdi´s La Traviata, 1935 via


Marion Telva as Adalgisa and Rosa Ponselle in the title role of Bellini’s Norma, 1927 via