Postmarked New York, March 11[?], 1918. In black ink. With a colour photograph of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to verso. In Italian (with translation).
Caruso sends his compliments to an aunt and uncle.
"Congratulations to Aunt and Uncle Ceasi[?]. Greetings and thanks..."
Somewhat worn, soiled and creased; remnants of adhesive to corners of verso. In a double-sided black paper mount.
"The winning quality of the sound, the tender mezza voce (particularly in the early years), and his phrasing, based on a rare mastery of legato and portamento, enabled Caruso to sing the French and Italian lyric repertory as well as lighter operas. In addition, his noble, incisive declamation, his broad, generous phrasing, and his vigor in dramatic outbursts made him a notable interpreter of Verdi as well as of French grand opéra. In this repertory his performances were characterized by the irresistible erotic appeal of his timbre allied to a temperament as warm and vehement as his voice. His numerous recordings, now faithfully remastered on CD, not only made him universally famous, they also did much to encourage the acceptance of recording as a medium for opera." Rodolfo Celletti and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.
Quiroli was a singer, pedagogue, and husband of the famed soprano Adelina Agostinelli (1882-1954).
Vincenzo Bellezza (1888-1964) studied at the Naples Conservatory and made his debut at the S Carlo with Aida in 1908. "A reliable and skilled conductor, he combined attention to detail with consideration for the singers, and achieved performances that were effective at the time rather than memorable in retrospect." Piero Rattalino in Grove Music Online.
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