Fine original self-caricature of the distinguished tenor in facial profile in black ink with blue-black wash, signed in full and dated "N.Y., 1914." Enrico CARUSO.

Fine original self-caricature of the distinguished tenor in facial profile in black ink with blue-black wash, signed in full and dated "N.Y., 1914."

205 x 140 mm.

Very slightly cockled at upper and lower margin; laid down to mounting sheet at verso.

"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.

Caruso opened the Met's 1914/15 season on November 16 as Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera; the performance was conducted by Toscanini in what was his final first night at the Met. He went on to sing in Carmen, La Gioconda, Pagliacci, Aida, Manon, and Gli Ugonotti with the Met that year.

An attractive image. Item #29403

Price: $1,350.00  other currencies

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