Rosa Ponselle, Incomparable Diva

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231751
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241286 | DOI:
Rosa Ponselle, Incomparable Diva

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)


Show Summary Details


Messages from the musical world are uniformly adulatory. Leonard Bernstein, in his greeting, credits Rosa Ponselle with changing the direction of his life. When young Rosa Ponzillo first gave hints of the vocal genius that was to make her internationally famous is a matter of continuing speculation. Rosa Ponselle's career reads like an opera compendium. Less than a month after her debut she took on the awesome role of Rezia in Weber's Oberon, singing it in English because of anti-German wartime sentiments. Luciano Pavarotti has the answer to Rosa Ponselle's continuing hold upon opera savants. Her own assessment of her role in opera history is more succinct.

Keywords: Rosa Ponselle; Rosa Ponzillo; Luciano Pavarotti; opera; vocal genius; opera history

Chapter.  6105 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Fordham University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.