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Rosa Ponselle: A Centenary Biography

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Rosa Ponselle's place as one of the century's great singers was destined from the moment of her 1918 debut, opposite Enrico Caruso, in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of La forza del destino. For the next two decades, her voice of unparalleled beauty and power continued to mesmerize audiences. Even today, her recordings keep her influence alive in the Italian repertory. ...more
Hardcover, 536 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Amadeus Press
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Jul 21, 2010 Karla rated it it was amazing
One of the most fun and hilarious biographies I've ever read, mainly because so much of it is in Ponselle's own words at a time when the diva filter was completely turned to "OFF." She has a lot to say about a lot of things, and her personal reminiscences about her colleagues are a laugh a minute. Sure, we all know that Ezio Pinza was a horndog, but somehow it's given more heft when it comes from somebody who had to fend off the Roman hands and Russian fingers.

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