Original three-quarter length portrait photograph of the distinguished tenor in formal dress, signed in full and dated "N.Y. 1914." Enrico CARUSO.

Original three-quarter length portrait photograph of the distinguished tenor in formal dress, signed in full and dated "N.Y. 1914."

Image from the Mishkin studios in New York, with their copyright to lower outer right corner. 198 x 139 mm.

Very slightly cockled at upper margin; very minor light offset of white ink just touching image; the "N" of "N.Y." very slightly smudged; laid down to mounting sheet at corners of 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.

Herman Mishkin (1871-1948) served as the Met's official portraitist from 1908-1932... "[He] was the foremost portrayer of Golden Era opera singers... He began shooting CDVs and cabinet portraits of performers in costume in the 1890s and closed his career in the 1930s by shooting singers in modern dress in contemporary settings. While shooting opera stars for the Metropolitan, he maintained a portrait studio frequented by most of the significant performing artists of the day. His portraits of actors and actresses display a refinement and composure sometimes lacking in the histrionic costumed opera images." Herman Mishkin / Broadway Photographs website. Item #29407

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