ROSA PONSELLE - BOOK PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED - HFSID 280856
ROSA PONSELLE Oversized 9½x12½ b/w full-length book photo of soprano Rosa Ponselle in the title role of Bellini's Norma. Matted to 14¼x17¾ blue-and-gold-colored matte. Book photograph signed "Rosa Ponselle".
Sale Price $357.00
Oversized 9½x12½ b/w full-length book photo of soprano Rosa Ponselle in the title role of Bellini's Norma. Matted to 14¼x17¾ blue-and-gold-colored matte.
Book photograph signed "Rosa Ponselle". B/w, 9½x12½ photograph (visible) matted to 14¼x17¾ blue-and-gold-colored matte. Captioned: "Rosa Ponselle in her most celebrated role as Norma in Bellini's opera of the same name". 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. But after her divorce in 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. Matte is not in Gallery of History style. Items were not evaluated outside matte. "As is" purchase. Lightly toned, otherwise in fine condition.
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