Enrico Caruso

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso

Profession: Operatic Tenor


Biography: Born into poverty in Naples, Enrico Caruso was the eighteenth child born in his family and the first to survive into adulthood. He went onto become the most famous Italian tenor of his generation and one of the first singers to achieve international fame through the new technology of recording sound.

Caruso made his opera debut in Naples in 1894 before moving to Milan and performing all over Europe. His fame grew further in 1902 after performing in Giacomo Puccini's "La Bohèmee" in Monte Carlo and debuting at London's Covent Garden alongside Nellie Melba in Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto".

Caruso debuted at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1903 and went on to open each season in New York for the next 17 years. However it was his more than 200 recordings that have made his voice immoral and known worldwide. His recording of Canio's aria from the opera "Pagliacci" was the first million-seller and the commercial success of his recordings helped establish the future of the industry.

Born: February 25, 1873
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: August 2, 1921 (aged 48)

Married Life

  • 1918-08-18 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (45) weds socialite Dorothy Benjamin (25)

Historical Events

  • 1897-01-07 Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil, holds its first performance with tenor Enrico Caruso performing
  • 1902-03-18 Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record
  • 1902-05-14 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso makes his Covent Garden debut opposite Nellie Melba in Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" in London
  • 1903-11-23 Enrico Caruso makes his US debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, in New York in Verdi's "Rigoletto"
  • 1916-02-05 Enrico Caruso records "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co.
  • 1920-12-24 Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance, with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC

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