ROSA PONSELLE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/26/1955 - HFSID 320419
Sale Price $252.00
She sends thanks for photos taken at a gathering with other opera stars.
Typed Letter signed: "Rosa", 1 page, 6x7. Villa-Pace, Valley Road, Stevenson, Maryland, 1955 July 26. On personal letterhead to Dominic G. Rocha, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in full: "Thank you so much for sending the shoes to Maestro and me. We put them on immediately, and have been wearing them at every opportunity. Thanks also for sending the snapshots. I'd love to see some of those of Villa Pace. If Arthur wishes to use the picture of Maestro, Arthur and me; or the one of Mildred Miller, Arthur and me; or the one taken at the table, showing Maestro, Mildred Miller, me, then you, he may certainly do so. Any one of these three mentioned would be all right. Congratulations on your invitation to exhibit at the Boston Public Library and the New York Public Library. I'm sure the exhibitions will be successful. Ann's address is: Miss Ann O'Donnell, 414 Riverside Drive, Apt. 1-A, New York 25, New York. Best wishes and thanks again for the shoes and the pictures. [handwritten: and come again"]". 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. 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 homeVilla-Pace, near Baltimore, to record many of her songs in 1954. The photos mentioned in this letter were obviously taken at a gathering of Ponselle's operatic friends. Mildred Miller (b. 1924), was a mezzo-soprano at the Metropolitan from 1951 to 1974. "The Maestro" was almost certainly Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), called by that honorific, who had often conducted and recorded with Ponselle, and who made his last public appearances and recordings in 1954. Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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