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March 5, 1997

PONSELLE CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS LAUNCHED WITH OPERA STARS FROM THE BOLSHOI, KIROV AND MET

Officially launched at the Metropolitan Opera in January with a House-wide exhibit of costumes and memorabilia of Ponselle's legendary career, the many tributes to the American diva have since been presented in radio broadcasts, feature articles and through audio/visual lectures worldwide.

The celebratory events will continue throughout the year at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Teatro Comunale in Florence and with three postage stamp dedication ceremonies at the Metropolitan Opera House, at the Rosa Ponselle Museum in Meriden, Connecticut and in Baltimore, Maryland. Five books on Ponselle are scheduled for publication in l997. Centenary CD releases by Nimbus, ROMOPHONE and Eklipse, and a documentary film on the singer's life and career will be available at major record stores throughout the U.S.A., Europe and Great Britain.

The Rosa Ponselle Foundation, which has organized the inter national celebratory centenary events, will present a centenary tribute to Ponselle during its Annual Rosa Ponselle "ALL MARYLANDERS'" Competition of March l9 to 23 with a "Showcase" Concert with operatic personalities from the world of opera. The Concert is to be held at Goucher College's Kraushaar Theater on Saturday, March 22 with guest artists paying honor to Ponselle's memory and her contribution to our American cultural heritage.

Bolshoi Opera legend, Mme Irina Arkhipova, who is appearing at the Metropolitan's production of YEVGENY ONYEGIN, will dedicate a musical tribute to Ponselle, as will one of the Kirov Opera's leading sopranos, Marina Shaguch. Miss Shaguch is also starring in the Met's production of YEVGENY ONYEGIN. Metropolitan Opera singer, Victoria Livengood, a former Ponselle Competition Laureate will be a guest artist in the Concert as will renowned American bass, William Warfield. Notable guests to receive Rosa Ponselle Gold Medallion awards will be music critic of the Dallas Morning News, PBS producer and award-winning biographer, John Ardoin; and General and Artistic Director of the Virginia Opera Company, Peter Mark. Metropolitan Opera Saturday afternoon broadcast producer Michael Bronson, and former Metropolitan Opera diva, Blanche Thebom will be in attendance at the event.

During the intermission, a colossal-sized birthday cake, designed by artist-author, Enrico Aloi, will be served to guests.

There will be no charge for the tickets to the Concert, which may be received by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to:

The Rosa Ponselle Foundation
"Windsor"
Stevenson, Maryland 2ll53-9999

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