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Caruso

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If you can divorce yourself from the sound of the needle scraping at the wax cylinder and imagine the pure voice of Caruso behind it all... This production represents the beginning of recording technology, essentially. And through the veil of time and limited technology, Caruso’s voice cannot be suppressed. He is compelling, even with the limited technology. I can easily imagine his crisp voice filling the atmosphere around me with clear notes and high Cs. He had a phenomenal voice and projection. He is singing in these recordings through a tube into a needle impressing a wax drum. And he is lofty and powerful. He was dead long before I was born. And I already miss him. What a voice. Mario and Luciano understood.

About Enrico Caruso

Caruso studied with Vergine and under conductor Vincenzo Lombardi. His first success came with his performance of La Gioconda in 1897. After a controversial reception of a performance at the Teatro S Carlo in Naples, Caruso vowed to never sing in Naples again, and he never did. He sang at Covent Garden in London and also at theatres throughout Europe, but he performed most often at the Metropolitan Opera. Incomplete and irregular training caused Caruso to have technical problems early in his career. He was insecure in his upper range, often resorting to falsetto or transposition. He did not overcome this problem until 1902. Also, his voice had a dark tone that caused some ambiguities. This dark character worked in his favor as well, the appeal of his voice stemming from the combination of his full baritone-like characteristics and the smooth, brilliant tenor qualities. He was a master of interpretation and could handle the most difficult and diverse repertoire. He had a rare gift for portamento and legato and had an excellent command of phrasing. Caruso was greatly loved and admired, and his death from abcesses on his lungs due to a bout of pleurisy was sincerely mourned by the public. ~ Lynn Vought

  • ORIGIN
    Naples, Italy
  • BORN
    Feb 25, 1873

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