• Mozart



    Ponselle was not a great Mozartian singer, to be sure. However, she did sing the role of Donna Anna in the MET, in 1930, and offered 15 performances, with people like Gigli, Schipa, Ezio Pinza, Elisabeth Rethberg, Maria Müller,...

    We can hear several fragments from a Don Giovanni broadcasted in 1934:

    Or sai chi l'onore

    Fuggi, crudele fuggi, with Tito Schipa

    Protegga il giusto cielo, with Tito Schipa and Maria Müller

    She did not find the role of Donna Anna particularly taxing. Some opinions about her fellow singers:

    Singing with Rethberg was the best thing about Don Giovanni. It was pure magic listen her incredible "Mi Tradi".

    Maria Müller was nicknamed 'the cleaner'. It was not a voice for the MET.

    Gigli was impressive, but I preferred Shipa's Don Ottavio.

    Pinza fancied himself a great womanizer. One day, while I was listening to Rethberg, he approached me from behind, embraced me and suggested we were a fantastic couple. Just like he did with hundreds other women. I stepped on his foot and said: 'Porco!'. He was a great Don on stage, though.


    Let's hear now to a mature Ponselle in those 'Villa Pace' recordinds, singing an aria from
    Le Nozze di Figaro:

    Voi chi sapete


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