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Enrico Caruso
Lovely Full Length Signed Photograph of Legendary Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso, from New York in 1913 at the Height of His Career
1913. Caruso remains the most reknowned opera singer of all time. He created the chief tenor parts in Adriana Lecouvreur, Germania, and La fanciulla del West, and for the La Scala company the tenor roles in Le maschere and L’elisir d’amore. 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). He made recordings of about 200 operatic excerpts and songs; some of them are still being published, including his role of Radamès in Verdi’s Aida.A tall, narrow sepia photograph of the always impeccably dressed tenor standing outside, very boldly inscribed and signed “To Miss Myra Frances Hale, Enrico Caruso, N.Y. 1913.” By the time this photograph was signed he had established himself as the world’s premier tenor, and was well established in New York. The recipient, Miss Hale, was a pianist and writer for Etude magazine. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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