Original large three-quarter length portrait photograph signed in full, dated New York 1920, and inscribed to the American writer on music and librettist Frederick H. Martens (1874-1932). Enrico CARUSO.

Original large three-quarter length portrait photograph signed in full, dated New York 1920, and inscribed to the American writer on music and librettist Frederick H. Martens (1874-1932).

From the studios of Strauss Peyton, Kansas City, 1919. Ca. 327 x 228 mm. Laid down to cardboard mount.

Slightly worn; occasional cracking; remnants of adhesive to 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 online.

Martens' books include The Art of the Prima Donna and Concert Singer (New York, 1923), The Book of the Opera and the Ballet, History of the Opera (New York, 1925) and A Thousand and One Nights of Opera (New York, 1926). Item #24324

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