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Queen of Hearts: 1919

Queen of Hearts: 1919

September 12, 1919. New York. "Tyroler, Prilik, Ponselle, Romani." Metropolitan Opera soprano Rosa Ponselle with William Tyroler, Edith Prilik and Romano Romani. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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Tyroler's Cuffs

Alternatively it could be to stash cards up his sleeve ;)


Rosa could belt out a song! Just listened to her on You Tube....

Make that The Queen of Queens

Pavarotti called Ponselle "The Queen of Queens in all of singing" and my guess is he ought to have known. Someone else said she had "perfect homogeneity in all her tessitura, with immaculate legato" and I have little idea what the heck that means, but it sure sounds good. She generally is ranked by music critics as one of the greatest sopranos of the past 100 years.

Outside of Baltimore and just seven miles from this PC keyboard is Villa Pace, the quite beautiful house owned by Ponselle, where she died in 1981 at 84.
Here are two links worth a visit:

Style Notes

Tyroler has quite the vented cuff on his suit jacket. I guess to accommodate his french cuffs. Not sure I've ever seen that.


I hate your ties.

Rosa's friends

Romani was a conductor and Ponselle's vocal coach; Tyroler was also a conductor and vocal coach; Prilik was Ponselle's secretary.

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