Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981) American Dramatic Coloratura Soprano who started in vaudeville & made her debut at the MET with Caruso in Forza when only 21 yrs old. Her voice was one of extraordinary beauty and voluptuousness. In its richness and depth, it has been compared by commentators at various times to port wine, maroon velvet and dark chocolate. The voice was absolutely even in its scale, her trills seemingly endless, her legato exemplary. She had a three-octave range.