• Villa Pace recordings



    Rosa Ponselle retired in 1937, barely forty years old, due to a variety of reasons we will review in coming articles.

    After her retirement, she lived in Baltimore, in a mansion called "Villa Pace", first with her husband and, after their divorce, alone. She participated actively in the socialite life of Baltimore, and run a small opera company there, but was not longer singing in public.

    However, she sang for friends in the intimacy of her home, and she accepted an offer from the Victor company to record some pieces, with piano accompaniment by herself and conductor Igor Chichagov.

    We can listen to a surprisingly fresh voice, with the beautiful lower and middle registers almost intact, and some renditions that are small jewels of singing:

    Senza mamma - Suor Angelica

    Marietta's Lied - Die Tote Stadt

    Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix - Samson et Dalila

    O mio babbino caro - Gianni Schicchi


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