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Caruso, Enrico, Italian operatic tenor (1873-1921).
Half-length portrait, signed.
O. O. , 1917. 170 : 234 mm. Uncommonly good condition, signature bold. Carismatic half-length portrait by Rizzo. It is showing Enrico Caruso seated and grasping a cigarette holder and looking into the camera. Signed in the image, lower center. Uncommonly good condition, signature bold. Enrico Caruso became the most admired Italian operatic tenor of the early 20th century and one of the first musicians to document his voice on recordings. He made his La Scala debut with La Bohème (1900). In 1901, after being unfavourably received in his performance in L’elisir d’amore in Naples, he vowed never again to sing in Naples, and he kept his word. World recognition came in the spring of 1902 after he sang in La Bohème at Monte Carlo and in Rigoletto at London’s Covent Garden. He made his American debut in Rigoletto at the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on November 23, 1903, and continued to open each season there for the next 17 years, presenting 36 roles in all. His last public appearance—his 607th performance with the Metropolitan Opera—was as Eléazar in La Juive (December 24, 1920). Caruso became the highest paid of his contemporaries worldwide. He made recordings of about 200 operatic excerpts and songs; many of them are still being published. His voice was sensuous, lyrical, and vigorous in dramatic outbursts and became progressively darker in timbre in his later years. Its appealing tenor qualities were unusually rich in lower registers and abounded in warmth, vitality, and smoothness. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Kotte Autographs GmbH [Roßhaupten, Germany]
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