Caruso, Enrico

   The “great Caruso” was one of the most famous opera tenors of all time. Like Placido Domingo or Luciano Pavarotti today, he also reached a wide public: His recording in 1902 of Leoncavallo’s Vesti la giubba was the first gramophone record to sell one million copies.
   Caruso was born in Naples to a desperately poor working-class family and began singing in the choir of the local parish priest, Padre Giuseppe Bronzetti. He paid for singing lessons by working alongside his father as a mechanic. Caruso began his public career in Naples in 1894, although his break came in 1897 when auditioning for a performance of La Boheme in Leghorn before the great composer Giacomo Puccini, who allegedly asked, “Who sent you to me? God himself?” Between then and 1903 he performed all over Italy, in Argentina, and in Russia. In 1903, he began a lengthy professional relationship with the New York Metropolitan Opera that lasted until his untimely death from pleurisy in 1921. In all, Caruso appeared more than 600 times on the New York stage in almost 40 productions. Caruso’s repertoire ranged across the classics of contemporary Italian opera to Mozart and to popular Neapolitan folk songs. The one Italian folk song everyone knows, “O sole mio,” was made internationally famous through Caruso’s recording of it.

Historical Dictionary of Modern Italy. . 2007.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Caruso, Enrico — orig. Errico Caruso born Feb. 27, 1873, Naples, Italy died Aug. 2, 1921, Naples Italian tenor. Apprenticed to a mechanical engineer at age 10, at 18 he began to sing in public in his free time. He attracted the notice of a teacher and made his… …   Universalium

  • Caruso, Enrico — ► (1873 1921) Tenor italiano. Se le consideró el mejor de su época. * * * orig. Errico Caruso (27 feb. 1873, Nápoles, Italia–2 ago. 1921, Nápoles). Tenor italiano. Aprendiz de un ingeniero mecánico desde los diez años, a los 18 comenzó a cantar… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Caruso,Enrico — Ca·ru·so (kə ro͞oʹsō, zō), Enrico. 1873 1921. Library of Congress Italian operatic tenor who with his powerful, pure, emotive voice is considered one of the greatest singers ever. * * * …   Universalium

  • Caruso, Enrico —  (1874–1921) Italian tenor …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Caruso — Caruso, Enrico …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Enrico Caruso — (born Errico Caruso ; February 25 1873 ndash; August 2 1921) was an Italian opera singer. As has been stated repeatedly in print by reputable critics, biographers and musicologists, he was one of the greatest and most influential tenors in… …   Wikipedia

  • Enrico Caruso Compact Disc discography — Enrico Caruso with phonograph This is a list of some notable compilations of recordings of the famous Italian opera tenor Enrico Caruso (1873–1921) on compact disc. Caruso died nearly three decades before the commercial introduction of long… …   Wikipedia

  • Caruso — Enrico Caruso Pour les articles homonymes, voir Caruso (homonymie). Enrico Caruso …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Enrico Caruso — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Enrico Caruso …   Wikipedia Español

  • CARUSO (E.) — CARUSO ENRICO (1873 1921) Le plus illustre ténor de son temps et l’un des plus célèbres de l’histoire lyrique. Caruso naquit à Naples, où, tout jeune, il chanta des ballades populaires dans les tavernes, après avoir tenu les parties d’alto dans… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.