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Born on January 22, 1897 in Meriden, Connecticut, Rosa Ponzillo was an Italian-American singer and one of the greatest sopranos of the past 100 years. Her parents were Neapolitan immigrants who settled on Meriden’s west side. Growing up, Rosa loved the piano but her voice was so beautiful not to be noticed and her older sister Carmela was pursuing a career as a cabaret singer. Rosa began singing popular ballads to silent-movie’s audiences while the projectionist changed film reels, and when she was only 17 her reputation led her (more)

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