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PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 3 (1923-1929)

Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)ContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaVocal
Catalogue 8.111140
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps

Described by Maria Callas as ‘the greatest singer of us all’, the American-born Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981) is acknowledged as one of the outstanding dramatic sopranos of the twentieth century. Without any previous experience of the operatic stage, she made her Metropolitan début in Verdi’s La forza del destino opposite Caruso in 1918. Following her enormous success, she became the Metropolitan’s leading soprano, appearing in twentyone rôles throughout her career. This third disc of Ponselle’s 1923-1929 American recordings features solo arias from the great Verdi operas, the complete ‘Tomb Scene’ from Aida and a number of songs that often appeared in



Review By David Denton,Naxos,July 2007

As a seven-year-old besotted with music, my parents bought me a second-hand wind-up gramophone, the equally second-hand records that came with it including the Martinelli and Ponselle 78's of the Tomb Scene from Aida. They became my pride and joy, hardly daring to play them lest they should wear out. Sadly I could never enjoy them with the fidelity we have in this new transfer to CD, the recording remaining as the bench-mark against which all others are judged. I have in previous releases in this Rosa Ponselle series related the story of how one part of a Vaudeville singing duo was suddenly thrust onto the stage at the age of 21 to partner Enrico Caruso in the American premiere of Verdi's La Forza del destino, the supply of Italian sopranos was cut off with the entry of the United



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