Rosa Ponselle

One of opera's greatest sopranos -- no one who ever heard her would debate otherwise -- married Baltimore socialite Carle Jackson in 1936. Shortly thereafter, they moved into Villa Pace, the Greenspring Valley mansion she would call home until her death in 1981. In the 1940s, she was one of the guiding forces behind the founding of the Baltimore Opera Company.
Baltimore Sun file photo, 1936
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