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Remembering the legendary Rosa Ponselle on the 30th anniversary of her death

Rosa Ponselle died 30 years ago, May 25, 1981, at the age of 84 in her Baltimore home, Villa Pace.

The beauty and power of the soprano's voice remain unsurpassed. To say that does not diminish the greatness of other wonderful singers of the past 100 years, but merely confirms that they would surely also acknowledge -- Ponselle had it all.

To mark the anniversary of her death, I've posted a couple examples of her artistry, including a recording of ... my all-time favorite aria, recorded at Villa Pace in 1954, long after her official retirement; and a (sadly abridged) performance of the "Habanera" captured on film:

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