ROSA PONSELLE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 1927 - HFSID 153682
ROSA PONSELLE Official Met photo of the soprano prima donna. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Harold W. Brocklebank/Sincerely -/Rosa Ponselle/1927". Sepia, 7x9. Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981) began her stage career in vaudeville, in a musical act with her sisters.
Sale Price $342.00
Official Met photo of the soprano prima donna.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Harold W. Brocklebank/Sincerely -/Rosa Ponselle/1927". Sepia, 7x9. Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981) began her stage career in vaudeville, in a musical act with her sisters. An agent introduced her to Enrico Caruso, who was so impressed with her voice that he secured for her a Metropolitan Opera debut (with Caruso himself in La Forza del Destino). The soprano sang with the Met until 1936, venturing overseas only to London's Covent Gardens and to one performance in Florence (fulfilling a promise to her Italian-born mother.) Ponselle stopped performing after her 1936 marriage; after her divorce (1949), she returned to public life as a booster of the Baltimore Civic Opera and a voice coach, tutoring Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo, among others. Although she never returned to the stage, RCA Victor came to her Baltimore home to record many of her songs in 1954. Mounting paper remnants on verso show through lightly in left and right margins. Ink stamp on verso shows through lightly in center of lower margin. Minor nick in lower left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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