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Enrico Caruso


Probably the most famous operatic tenor ever, Enrico Caruso (né Errico Caruso) was created on February 25, 1873 (not on February 27, as given in lots of reference books). He was the 3rd kid of his fairly poor parents — not really the 18th, as can be frequently repeated in well-known myth. He started serious vocal research with Guglielmo Vergine in 1891 and later on examined with Vincenzo Lombardi. In 1895, he produced his debut in L’amico Francesco by Domenico Morelli. That fall in Cairo, he sang Cavalleria rusticana, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Gioconda, and Manon Lescaut, all in under a month. His international popularity started when he sang Loris within the premiere of Giordano’s Fedora in 1898. In the next periods, he sang at St. Petersburg, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Milan, Monte Carlo, and London. Arturo Toscanini executed his Teatro alla Scala debut when he sang Rodolfo in La bohème. Nellie Melba was his partner at his London debut in Rigoletto. After producing his very effective debut on the Metropolitan Opera because the Duke in Rigoletto, Caruso produced america his principal operatic house. He spent the main part of every year performing there and generally acquired the honor of performing opening evenings. He also had taken part within the annual Metropolitan Opera tour from the U.S., and in 1906 was captured in the fantastic SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA earthquake immediately after his functionality in Carmen. It had been on the Metropolitan Opera that he sang the premiere of Puccini’s La fanciulla del Western world. As he aged, Caruso begun to undertake heavier assignments including Samson, Eleazar in La Juive, and Vasco in L’africaine. Following the tour each period, Caruso would happen to be SOUTH USA and/or European countries to sing and holiday. He under no circumstances sang in his indigenous town of Naples after 1902 due to a especially awful reception to his shows of Massenet’s Manon. In 1920, he underwent many functions for pleurisy, but his wellness continued to drop afterwards. He came back to his indigenous Naples, where he passed away in 1921. Caruso’s tone of voice had a friendliness, and an nearly baritonal quality, that was not the same as the bright, buzzing sound well-liked by a lot of the co-workers. The tone of voice was extremely gorgeous and he previously an excellent sense for the form of a expression. His sound documented perfectly which helped to create his recordings being among the most well-known of his period; several selections have already been obtainable in one format or another given that they had been first released. He was for quite some time the best offering classical performer in the us. Referred to as a ample colleague aswell a great useful joker on stage, Caruso was pleasant just about everywhere. He was a company believer in great food, good wines, and an excellent cigar. However, every time a friend is at a difficult scenario, he was the first ever to present help. One night in Philadelphia whenever a colleague playing Colline became hoarse throughout a overall performance of La bohème, Caruso sang the bass aria for him to save lots of the overall performance. During World Battle I, he sang in lots of benefit concerts to improve cash for the battle effort. Even today Caruso is usually imprinted within the imagination because the archetypal operatic tenor.

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Full Name Enrico Caruso
Date Of Birth February 25, 1873
Died August 2, 1921, Naples, Italy
Profession Actor, Opera Singer
Nationality Italian
Spouse Dorothy Park Benjamin
Children Gloria Caruso, Enrico Caruso, Rodolfo Caruso
Parents Anna Caruso, Marcellino Caruso
Siblings Giovanni Caruso
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame
Albums A Treasury Of Immortal Performances, Enrico Caruso: Opera Arias and Songs, Deserto In Terra, Farinetti meets Caruso, The Young Caruso, Great Voices Of The 20th Century, Immortal Performances, Caruso & Friends, Canta Verdi, Operatic Arias, The Verdi Recordings 'Part One' (1902 - 1917), The Art Of Caruso, Operatic Rarities, The Golden Voice Of Enrico Caruso, Arias, Duets and Songs, The True Voice Of Enrico Caruso, Vol. 1, I grandi tenori, Vol. 1, Enrico Caruso Volume 12, Twenty Classic Arias, The Complete Caruso Volume 16, The Great Caruzo (Remastered), Enrico Caruso Volume 14, Airs D’Operas Italiens, Introducing Enrico Caruso 1, Caruso, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 10 (1916-1917), Enrico Caruso Volume 16, Enrico Caruso Collection, Vol. 3, Caruso, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 12 (1902-1920), Caruso, La plus grande voix du siècle, Introducing Enrico Caruso 2, Enrico Caruso, Vol. 4, Enrico Caruso Volume 11, Caruso, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (1908-1910), Romanze d'Opera, Enrico Caruso: The French Repertoire 'Part One' (1902 - 1919), My First Puccini, Land So Wunderbar, Vinyl Classical Nostalgia, „O Sole Mio" -The „Unknown" Caruso & Gigli -Vol.3, Enrico Caruso Volume 3, The Complete Caruso, Vol. 4, Golden Matrix, Honeymoon Deluxe, Caruso - Platinum Collection (Caruso Remastered), The Donizetti and Rossini Recordings 1902 -1920, Enrico Caruso, Vol. 1 (1903-1908), Enrico Caruso Greatest Performances, Caruso, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1903-1906), Enrico Caruso Collection, Vol. 1, Vocal Recital: Caruso, Enrico - Denza, L. / Trimarchi, R. / Zardo, R. / Arona, C. (Archivio Della Romanza Da Salotto Italiana, Vol. 1) (1902-1920), Enrico Caruso Collection, Vol. 2
Movies My Cousin, The Splendid Romance, Una furtiva lagrima, Lucia di Lammermoor

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1 Was an excellent caricaturist who took great pride in his sketches.
2 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6625 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
3 As a youth in his native Naples, he fell in love with a local girl whom he wanted to marry. The girls' father deemed him too low class to marry his daughter, stating that Caruso would never amount to anything as an opera singer. Just a few years later he became the most famous singer in the world, making him a wealthy man.
4 Arguably the first real superstar of recordings, Caruso was the man who truly put the recording industry in America on the map, and who helped establish the Victor label (later RCA Victor) as a power within that industry. His many recordings, some with modern orchestral accompaniment dubbed in, have remained in print and continue to sell well to this day, almost 100 years after the first of them were recorded.
5 Was the Metropolitan Opera's greatest superstar between his debut with the company in November, 1903 (Duke of Mantua in Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto"), and his last performance with them on Christmas Eve, 1920 (Eleazar in Halevy's "La Juive"). During those years he appeared on every Met opening night except one, in 1906, when personal circumstances forced him to cancel.
6 Was frequently cast opposite singer/actress Geraldine Farrar at the Metropolitan. Between the two of them, they were the biggest box-office combination the company had during the first two decades of the 20th century.
7 Father of Rodolfo Caruso and singer/actor Enrico Caruso Jr., by an earlier relationship with soprano Ada Giachetti, and Gloria Caruso Murray by his marriage to Dorothy Benjamin Caruso.
8 Pictured on a 22¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Performing Arts series, issued 27 February 1987 (104th anniversary of his birth).
9 Caruso was in San Francisco on April 18, 1906, the day of the city's worst earthquake. He vowed never to return to that city, and never did.
10 He is usually considered the greatest operatic tenor ever, and he was the first opera star to make best-selling recordings, beginning around 1903, which are still in print to this day. His signature role was Canio, the traveling clown in Ruggero Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci". He starred in many of the great Italian operas--some in their US premieres--at the old Metropolitan Opera House, many times under the conductorship of the legendary Arturo Toscanini. He appeared with some of the most famous operatic sopranos who ever lived, and was the first tenor whose name became familiar to people who seldom listened to opera.



The Gambler 1974 performer: "Una furtiva lagrima"
It Takes a Thief 1968 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kiss Me Deadly 1955 performer: "M' apparì tutt' amor" - uncredited
Song of Surrender 1949 "Una furtiva lagrima", "O Paradiso", "O sole mio", "La donna è mobile"
The Visit 2015/I performer: "Non t'amo più", "L'Elisir d'amore, Act 2: Una furtiva lagrima"
Si Fresnes m'était conté 2015 Video performer: "O Sole Mio"
Sharkskin 2015 performer: "E Lucevan Le Stelle", "La Donna E Mobile", "Santa Lucia"
The Last Checkmate 2014 Short performer: "Over There" 1917
Le voyage cinématographique de Gaston Méliès à Tahiti 2014 Documentary "Because"
Obvious Child 2014 performer: "O Sole Mio"
Cheatin' 2013 performer: "Vesti La Giubba"
Mayakovskiy. Dva dnya 2013 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Lone Ranger 2013 performer: "Celeste Aida"
La sociedad del horror y de lo absurdo 2013 Short performer: "Adorables tourments", "Ah, si ben mio"
Mister X 2013 Short performer: "Una furtiva lagrima"
Reason to Kill 2013 Short performer: "Questa O Quella"
This Is Martin Bonner 2013 performer: "Santa Lucia"
Marie Krøyer 2012 performer: "La donna è mobile"
Una Furtiva Lagrima 2012 Short performer: "Una furtiva lagrima"
Rise and Fall of W.C. 2011 Short performer: "La danza Tarantella"
Boardwalk Empire 2010-2011 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Last Rites of Joe May 2011 performer: "Ah Si Ben Mio", "O Soave Fanciulla"
La fille du puisatier 2011 "Core 'n Grato"
David and Goliath 2010 Short performer: "Je crois entendre encore"
The Killer Inside Me 2010 performer: "Una furtiva lagrima from L'elisir d'amore"
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay 2009 performer: "Vesti La Giubba"
Wenceslau and the Gramophone Tree 2008 Short performer: "Mi Par d'Udir Ancora" - as Caruso
The Supersizers Go... 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
O sole mio 2006 Short performer: "O sole mio"
I Build the Tower 2006 Documentary performer: "Miserere" from "Il Travatore"
Match Point 2005 performer: "Una furtiva lagrima", "Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto", "Mi par d'udir ancora", "Mia piccirella", "O figli, o figli miei!"
Six Feet Under 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Apariencias 2000 performer: "Libiamo, libiamo, "Questa o quella"
Gloria 1999 performer: "Questa O Quello"
Ambush 1999 performer: "Love Me or Not", "Crucifixus", "Domine Deus"
Die Siebtelbauern 1998 performer: "La donna è mobile"
Italians in America 1998 TV Movie documentary performer: "Over There"
Family Resemblances 1996 performer: "Una furtiva lacrima"
Bullet 1996 performer: "La Tosca"
Nitrato d'argento 1996 Documentary performer: "Fenestra che lucea"
Lucky Punch 1996 performer: "Mattinata"
Other Voices, Other Rooms 1995 "Martha", "La Fleur que tu m'avais jetté"
The Stars Fell on Henrietta 1995 performer: "'Vesti La Giubba' from I Pagliacci"
Casas de fuego 1995 performer: "Qual volutta trascorrere"
Mulla ei ole mitään 1992 Documentary performer: "Tosca, Cavarados' Aria"
Mister Johnson 1990 performer: "Ah! Fuyez Douce Image" from Manon
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 'Burbs 1989 performer: "QUESTA O QUELLA"
American Masters 1987 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Aria 1987 performer: "Vesti la giubba"
The Whoopee Boys 1986 performer: "VESTI LA GIUBBA" from "Pagliacci"
Back to School 1986 performer: "A Dream"
The Grey Fox 1982 performer: "M'Appari Tutt'Amor"
Fitzcarraldo 1982 "Oh Mimi, Tu Piu Non Torni "
Oro, plata, mata 1982 performer: "Samson et Dalila..., "L'eliser d'amore-Act II... Donizetti, "Marta...M'appari"
Escape to Athena 1979 performer: "Vesti la giubba" On with the motley from "Pagliacci" - uncredited



Una Furtiva Lagrima 2012 Short Fish (voice)
The Splendid Romance 1919 Prince Cosimo
My Cousin 1918 Tommasso Longo / Cesare Caroli
Lucia di Lammermoor 1911 Short Edgardo
Die Afrikanerin: O wunderbares Paradies 1909 Short Vasco da Gama
Lucia di Lammermoor 1907 Short Himself



Biography of the Millennium: 100 People - 1000 Years 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (# 96)

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Pappano's Classical Voices 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Time to Remember 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
American Masters 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The Century of the Self 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Legenden 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Great Performances 1992-1998 TV Series Himself
American Justice: Target - Mafia 1993 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Without Walls 1992 TV Series documentary
Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino 1977 Voice (uncredited)
Tatsachen über Legenden 1971 TV Series documentary Himself
Opernführer 1970 TV Series Der Bajazzo
The Twentieth Century 1961 TV Series documentary Himself
September Affair 1950 Himself - Vocalist (uncredited)
Fifty Years Before Your Eyes 1950 Documentary Himself
Wonderful Times 1950 Documentary Himself
The Golden Twenties 1950 Documentary Himself
Song of Surrender 1949 Singer on Vintage Phonograph Recordings

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