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Enrico Caruso

Enrico Caruso (1873—1921) was widely regarded as the finest oper atic tenor of his day; he certainly was the most famous. He was probably the fir st celebrity whose fame as a recording artist equaled the renown he enjoyed on t he stage. It is estimated that 5 million single-sided Caruso discs were sold dur ing his lifetime. Caruso’s first important performance was in Milan in 189 8 when he appeared as the leading tenor in Giordano’s Fedora. He made his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in November 1903. In the early year s of his career Caruso possessed a naturally warm, mellow voice that was powerfu l in all registers. It was this power in the middle register that caused some to believe he was actually a baritone. As he aged, his voice grew darker in qualit y but retained its expressiveness and power. Caruso made his first recordings in April of 1902 for the Gramophone Company. His voice was deemed perfect for the acoustic recording process. His fabulously successful recording career with the Victor Talking Machine company began in February, 1904 and continued until Septe mber, 1920.

The following recordings featuring Enrico Caruso are available in the National Jukebox:

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  Artist Role Title Description Primary Performer(s) Date
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Quartet : Bella figlia dell' amore Vocal quartet (soprano, contralto, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra Enrico Caruso; Antonio Scotti; Louise Homer; Bessie Abott 1907-02-20
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Ah Mimi, tu piu Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra Enrico Caruso; Antonio Scotti 1907-03-17
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Un dì all'azzurro spazio Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra Enrico Caruso 1907-03-17
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Ideale Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra Enrico Caruso 1906-12-30
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Musica proibita Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra Enrico Caruso 1917-04-15
Vocalist - Tenor vocal La mia canzone Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra Enrico Caruso 1915-01-07
Vocalist - Tenor vocal La donna è mobile Tenor vocal solo, with piano Enrico Caruso 1904-02-01
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Una furtiva lagrima Tenor vocal solo, with piano Enrico Caruso 1904-02-01
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Una furtiva lagrima Tenor vocal solo, with piano (take 1); orchestra (take 1[a]) Enrico Caruso 1904-02-01
Vocalist - Tenor vocal Celeste Aida Tenor vocal solo, with piano Enrico Caruso 1904-02-01