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Topics in Chronicling America - Caruso in the United States

Legendary tenor Enrico Caruso’s arrival to America is eagerly anticipated when he signs with the Metropolitan Opera in 1903, but his reputation is soon threatened when he’s imprisoned for “insulting a woman repeatedly.” Despite legal troubles, the man with the golden voice sings on in America with great popularity until a shocking illness claims his life in 1921. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • November 23, 1903. Caruso makes his debut in the New York Metropolitan Opera's “Rigoletto.”
  • April 19, 1905. Caruso triumphs with Los Angeles audience.
  • November 17, 1906. Caruso arrested at the New York Central Park - woman accuser.
  • July 12, 1909. Caruso signs 5 year contract with New York Metropolitan Opera.
  • December 10, 1910. Caruso sings in Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West.”
  • November 13, 1911. Caruso heads cast in Met production of “Aida.”
  • August 2, 1921. Caruso dies in Italy.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Caruso, Opera, Tenor, Victor (to locate advertisements for recordings)
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.
  • Names of specific operas (Rigoletto, La Fanciulla del West (Girl of the Golden West), Samson et Dalila, etc.) can be used to find information on specific performances

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