By James A. Drake
Released in get together of the one hundredth anniversary of her beginning, this ebook 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 buddies, kinfolk, and associates.
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For what little schooling I had, especially in the seventh and eighth grades, I only did well on the homework part [and that was] because Lena was doing it for me. We had a deal worked out. I would help her with music, which made < previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 no more sense to her than mathematics did to me, if she would do my homework. It worked fine until I had to take tests. " But, you know, it was in school that I first learned about the voice and how it works.
Ceriani owned. He started hearing about me through the Yale boys. Please tell me what you can remember of the Café Mellone: what it looked like inside, and any other details about it that come to mind. It was in a brick building that had three or maybe four floors. The café took up the whole first floor, and I think there were rented rooms on the upper floors. Inside, it was pretty big; there were enough tables to seat at least two < previous page page_50 next page > < previous page page_51 next page > Page 51 hundred people, maybe even more.
34) Fitziù was also given a starring role in a Metropolitan Opera premiere (as was Ponselle later): Enrique Granados' and Fernando Periquet's Goyescas, in which she created the role of Rosario in January of 1916. . 37 As The New York Times reported in a five-column feature story a few weeks before her debut was to take place, the young American-trained soprano (she had studied with William L. Whitney in Boston and had spent a year at the Institute of Musical Art) was being given weighty responsibilities for a newcomer: "During the coming year in the Metropolitan company she will sing in German, English, French, and Italian.
Rosa Ponselle - A Centenary Biography (Hardcover) (Opera Biography) by James A. Drake