Fine original full-length photographic portrait of Caruso as Dick Johnson in Puccini's "La fanciulla del West" (The Girl of the Golden West). Enrico CARUSO.
Fine original full-length photographic portrait of Caruso as Dick Johnson in Puccini's "La fanciulla del West" (The Girl of the Golden West)

Fine original full-length photographic portrait of Caruso as Dick Johnson in Puccini's "La fanciulla del West" (The Girl of the Golden West)

With autograph inscription in ink: "to Mr. H. Priner very sincerely Enrico Caruso." Ca. 200 x 148 mm.

Remnants of former mount to verso. In very good condition overall.

Together with:
A complete block sheet of fifty 22-cent postage stamps issued by the U.S. Post Office in 1987 carrying an image of Caruso.

Puccini was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera of New York to write The Girl of the Golden West, which he did specifically with Caruso and Emmy Destinn in mind for the leading roles. The opera was first performed at the Met on 10 December 1910 with Arturo Toscanini conducting.

The celebrated tenor Enrico Caruso was best known for his uniquely coloured voice, which blended a dark, baritone-like quality with a brilliant, clarion high tenor. He was well known for his interpretations of Verdi and French grand opera. "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." Rodolfo Celletti and Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.

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Price: $950.00  other currencies

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