In a series of May concert performances and celebratory masses, the late Metropolitan Opera Diva, Rosa Ponselle, will be memorialized in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of her death on May 25, 1981.

A long-time resident of Maryland's Green Spring Valley following retirement from her legendary career, Ponselle richly contributed to Baltimore's cultural life.

Through an endowment established upon Ponselle's demise, The Rosa Ponselle Foundation has sponsored international and statewide competitions, concerts, study grant and traveling awards to the aspiring young vocal artists since 1984.  Among the recipients of these awards who have achieved internationally acclaimed success are Olga Borodina and Deborah Voight.

The concerts and celebratory masses in the month of May shall each feature former Rosa Ponselle Competition Gold Medalists Kennsithia Mitchell and Stefania Dovhan, and longtime Ponselle friend, Mary Malas Aielle.

The public is invited to attend each of the programs without charge.  The schedule of events is as follows:

Saturday, May 12, 2001 7:00 P.M. The Dumbarton Church
Dumbarton Avenue off Wisconsin Avenue
Washington, DC

Guest Recitalist - Stefania Dovhan (The year 2000 Rosa Ponselle Gold Medalist in the Rosa Ponselle "YOUNG CLASSICAL SINGERS' " Competition.

Sunday, May 13, 2001 12:00 Noon High Mass at Ponselle's parish church
The Church of St. Charles Borromeo
101 Church Lane in Pikesville
Celebrant - The Reverend Thomas Gille
Soloist - Mary Malas Aiello
Thursday, May 17, 2001 2:30 P.M. Recital
The Baltimore School for the Arts
The Recital Hall
712 Cathedral Street
Artist - Stefania Dovhan
Sunday, May 20, 2001 4:00 P.M. Recital
The University of Maryland, College Park
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The Guildenhorn Recital Hall
Guest Recitalist - Stefania Dovhan
Sunday, May 27, 2001 4:00 P.M. Special Memorial Weekend High Mass
The Basilica of the Assumption
Cathedral and Mulberry Streets
Celebrated by Monsignor James Hobbs
Chorus Director and Organist - Malinda Lachica
Guest Soloists - Kenneithia Mitchell, Stefania Dovhan, Chorus of the Bacilica

Musical preparation for the Dovhan recitals and the Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption is by Maestro Igor Chichagov.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Miss Elayne Duke
The Rosa Ponselle Foundation
Stevenson, Maryland 21153-9999
Telephone: (410) 486-4616 Fax: (410) 486-0495
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