ROSA PONSELLE - POST CARD SIGNED 05/03/1943 - HFSID 156379
ROSA PONSELLE. Postcard photo of the diva (3¼x5½), accompanied by a brochure from Columbia Records and an unsigned magazine photo of her Postcard Photograph signed: "Rosa Ponselle/May 3rd 1943", 5½x3¼.
Sale Price $180.00
Postcard photo of the diva (3¼x5½), accompanied by a brochure from Columbia Records and an unsigned magazine photo of her
Postcard Photograph signed: "Rosa Ponselle/May 3rd 1943", 5½x3¼. Addressed on verso (unknown hand), imprinted 1-cent stamp, postmarked Baltimore, Maryland, May 4, 1943. Accompanied by two items: 1) unsigned pamphlet (8p integral leaf, 3¼x5¾) from Columbia Records, titled "Rosa Ponselle: Sensational Dramatic Soprano of the Metropolitan Opera." 2) unsigned, captioned magazine photo of her (b/w, 1½x2½ overall, image 1½x1¾, one surface). 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. Lightly soiled. Cancellation grooves and mounting adhesive show through lightly, the former touching "R" of signature. Mounting tape remnant at bottom edge. Ink caption (unknown hand) in lower right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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