American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Ponselle, Rosa Melba 1897-1981. American soprano who was a leading performer with the Metropolitan Opera in the 1920s and 1930s.
- n. United States soprano (1897-1981)
“Callas, Caruso, Pavarotti, Bergonzi, Ponselle: those voices are all as distinctive as thumbprints.”
“Ponselle and Miller have suffered the greatest fall-off in fame.”
“Ponselle grew up in Connecticut among Italian immigrants.”
“Obviously, one listens to this astounding performance gripped by Germont and Violetta, by Tibbett and Ponselle.”
“Panizza doesn't merely support Tibbett and Ponselle - he instructs, he challenges, he ignites them.”
“All this high finance meant that actors were seldom entertained on DeMille Drive, while Bill’s circle of friends and visitors included nearly every concert artist who passed through southern California: Rosa Ponselle, Efrem Zimbalist, and Lawrence Tibbett, for example.”
“Ponselle to Renee Fleming; from Beniamino Gigli to Ben Heppner.”
“Ponselle was among the many Carmens who have tried some real dancing.)”
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