The Art of Rosa Ponselle, part 2

December 2, 2017, 4:30 pm

An exploration of the life and art of this American diva continues noting the glory years at the MET when she became one of the greatest Norma’s of the twentieth century. She then surprises her public and retires at age forty never to sing on stage again.

Music

Ponchielli: La Gioconda, “Suicidio”
Rosa Ponselle with Orchestra
Recorded in Camden, NJ in 1925
ROMOPHONE 81006‐2 A

Spontini: La Vestale. “O Nume Tutelar”
Rosa Ponselle with Orchestra Recorded in Camden, NJ in 1926
ROMOPHONE 81007‐2 A

Bellini: Norma, “Casta Diva”
Rosa Ponselle with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera
Conducted by Giulio Setti
Recorded in New York in 1928‐29
ROMOPHONE 81007‐2 B

De Fontenailles: “A L’aime”
Rosa Ponselle with Romano Romani, piano
Recorded in New York in 1939
ROMOPHONE 81022‐2 A

Sadero: “Amuri, Amuri”
Rosa Ponselle, self‐accompanied
Recorded at Ponselle’s home, Villa Pace near Baltimore, Maryland in 1954