Rosa Ponselle - A Centenary Biography (Hardcover) (Opera by James A. Drake

By James A. Drake

Released in get together of the a centesimal anniversary of her beginning, this publication offers a candid portrait of Ponselle, "the Caruso in petticoats," contrasting the singer's personal phrases, from interviews with the writer and others, with the memories of pals, relations, and associates.

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He was probably about forty years old at that time. He was always well groomed, had a mustache, dark haira full head of hair, brown almost to the point of being black. He was about five feet ten, a little overweight, but muscular and very strong. He had a very expressive face, dark brown eyes, always very happy looking. Every once in a while [when] I would be studying Caruso's face (he had such a wonderfully expressive face), I would be reminded of how Jimmy Ceriani looked. What led you to leave the San Carlino to begin singing at the Café Mellone?

He told me that he had heard Emmy Destinn many times at the Met and that my voice was in the same league as hers. I'll never forget that; I can't tell you how much his confidence meant to me. When you accepted his offer to sing full-time at the Café Mellone, then, you had to leave home and move to New Haven? Yes, I stayed with a cousin of my mother's for a little while, and then through Carmela I went to live with a young married couple, Margaret and Rocco Da Vino. He was an architect, very successful, and they were friends of ours.

And we had a grocery store and a bakery on the bottom floor of our house. My father, and later on my brother Tony, ran the fuel business and the bakery. Mother ran the grocery store. It was just a neighborhood grocery [with] canned goods, cheeses, cured meats, and bread from our bakery. I used to help her after school and in the summertime. But I was always taking samplesa little salami, a little cheese, a handful of black olivesand my mother used to kid me about my snacking. " Were there other relatives living with your family?

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