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Rosa Ponselle (1897–1981)

Rosa Ponselle was born to Neapolitan immigrants in Conneticut. She was a natural-born singer and launched a career first in Vaudville, where she was working in 1918, when Enrico Caruso discovered her and persuaded her to join the Metropolitan Opera. Her debut occurred in Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" as Leonora. She had had no formal training as ... See full bio »


(age 84) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Two Brothers Soundtrack
Oro, Plata, Mata Soundtrack


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 2004 Two Brothers (performer: "La Vergine degli Angeli")
 1982 Oro, Plata, Mata (performer: "La forza del destino...La vergine degli angeli")
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 1935 Broadway Highlights No. 2 (Short)
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 1998 Great Performances (TV Series)
M-G-M screen test for Carmen
- The Art of Singing: Golden Voices of the Century (1998) ... M-G-M screen test for Carmen

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After her retirement from the Metropolitan Opera House in 1935, Louis B. Mayer offered her a contract with MGM. Ms. Ponselle was not interested, but did not say "no"; instead she asked for a very large fee, so large that Mr. Mayer is reputed to have rolled his eyes upward (to heaven perhaps) and indignantly asked her agent, "How did Miss Ponselle arrive at this figure? Did she add up all the ... See more »

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