Role portrait photograph as Le Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet's opera Manon, full-length. Signed in full, inscribed, and dated Buenos Aires, [June] 1917. Enrico CARUSO.

Role portrait photograph as Le Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet's opera Manon, full-length. Signed in full, inscribed, and dated Buenos Aires, [June] 1917

Ca. 205 x 114 mm.

Slightly worn and soiled; foxed; some silvering and staining; remnants of adhesive to verso.

Caruso gave three performances in Manon at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires commencing on June 26, 1917.

"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. Item #24302

Price: $950.00  other currencies

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