2 pp. 12mo. N.d. In pencil. On a "private mailing card" with a reproduction of both a self-portrait caricature and Caruso's signature to recto. In Italian (with translation).
A warm letter evincing Caruso's characteristic good humor. Caruso makes playful comments about his caricature, thanks Natalia for her letter and photographs, and sends greetings to her family. He also mentions Elsa, Aida, and Gioconda, all principal female characters from famous operas.
"I am sending you with a little delay this rhinoceros that I have created with my own hands. As you can see, the horn [i.e. the curl on top of Caruso's head] was made for spells and is therefore good against the evil eye. Stroke it and it will bring you luck... I admired the passage of Elsa, the suppleness of Aida and the ability of Gioconda."
Slightly worn, browned and soiled.
"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.
Natalia D'Amato and her New York family were friends of Caruso. Item #23543
Price: $650.00 other currencies