Sunday, January 9, 2011

When Joan Crawford Met Rosa Ponselle

(Joan Crawford [l] in her Hollywood glory and Rosa Ponselle [r] in the 1936 MET Carmen.)
What could these two legendary icons possibly have in common? If you're thinking "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" then you might be close. The surprising answer is after the jump.

Yep, it Offenbach's barcarolle "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour" from Les Contes d'Hoffman! Read an excerpt from Joan Crawford: the essential biography by Lawrence J. Quirk, William Schoell:

1 comment:

  1. Amazing to see authors of a sympathetic Crawford biography making fun of her singing with Ponselle. Joan's singing was outstanding in this recording. They say Crawford sings first and Ponselle then tops her. It is Ponselle who sings first! They both have an occasionally off-key note but recordings were not doctored in those days. Frankly that is good if you want to know what the performers really sounded like. Listen for yourself at