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Caruso, Enrico, Italian operatic tenor (1873-1921).
Autograph Letter Signed, "Caruso," to his private secretary Bruno Zirato ("Dear Zirato"), in Italian.
East Hampton, 3. August 1920. Small 8vo. 3 pp. folds. This letter was written one year before Caruso’s death, signed, „Caruso", on personal stationary, to his private secretary Bruno Zirato ("Dear Zirato"), in Italian, sending a check for expenses [not present], declining to read articles because he is engaged in other things at the moment, complaining of pain, reporting that he has read about the success at the stadium: "[.]. Articles -- I am not in such a hurry since I have only to do Mexico and begin the Metropolitan [.] [H]ere it is rather cool, and I suffer terribly with pain all over. I have read about the immense success at the stadium and so many congratulate me about it. [.]" Bruno Zirato (1884-1972) was Enrico Caruso's private secretary and managing director of the New York Philharmonic from 1956 to 1959.Only a few months after this letter, Caruso’s health began a distinct downward spiral in late 1920 after he returned from a lengthy North American concert tour. During a performance of L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on December 11, 1920, he suffered a throat haemorrhage and the performance was canceled at the end of Act 1. Following this incident, a clearly unwell Caruso gave only three more performances at the Met, the final one being as Eléazar in Halévy's La Juive, on 24 December 1920. By Christmas Day, the pain in his side was so excruciating that he was screaming. Dorothy summoned the hotel physician, who gave Caruso some morphine and codeine and called in another doctor, Evan M. Evans. Evans brought in three other doctors and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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