Throwback Thursday: Enrico Caruso (#tbt)

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 12:00 AM


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#tbt (Throwback Thursday) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical deities from the past who ignite our passion for opera. Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist twice an hour until 4 pm. This week we throw it back to Enrico Caruso.

In his day, Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was known internationally for his music and as a beloved personality. In 25 years he performed 863 times at the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to performance tours, Caruso became famous for his popular phonograph recordings. He also played in films and was the inspiration for the "The Great Caruso" starring tenor Mario Lanza.

In 1973, WQXR's George Jellinek devoted an episode of The Vocal Scene to Caruso's life and work. Listen to that here.

Below are some highlights from our Caruso playlist as well as a clip of him singing "Vesti la giubba."



Rigoletto: La donna e mobile

Giuseppe Verdi
Uncredited Orchestra
Uncredited conductor
Enrico Caruso, tenor

Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto "La donna e mobile"
- Uncredited Orchestra; Uncredited conductor; Enrico Caruso, tenor

Friedrich von Flotow Martha "Solo, profugo reietto!"
- Uncredited Orchestra, Walter B. Rogers, conductor; Enrico Caruso, tenor; Marcel Journet, bass

Giacomo Puccini Madama Butterfly "Non ve l'avevo detto?"
- Uncredited Orchestra; Uncredited conductor; Enrico Caruso, tenor; Antonio Scotti, baritone

Giuseppe Verdi Il trovatore "Mal reggendo"
- Uncredited Orchestra; Uncredited conductor; Enrico Caruso, tenor

Richard Strauss Die Liebe der Danae "Op. 83: In Syriens Glut"
- Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis, conductor; Ben Heppner, tenor

Ruggiero Leoncavallo Pagliacci "Recitar!...Vesti la giubba"
-Uncredited Orchestra; Uncredited conductor; Enrico Caruso, tenor




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Comments [3]

Anziano from Brooklyn

Madison, thank you for spotting yet another attempt by evil extraterrestrials to destroy English language, or perhaps just turn it into a frightening marmalade!

Mar. 06 2014 11:20 AM
Madison from Manhattan

As has been said,"there is only one Caruso and all the rest are tenors."

To the staff writers of this article who wrote, "Caruso gained notoriety for his popular recordings"! Notoriety is the state of being famous for some bad quality or deed not for making some of the most spectacular vocal recordings ever. The word should have been "fame".

Mar. 06 2014 10:23 AM
Concetta nardone from Nassau

True son of Naples. Warm, witty, generous and a bit of a rascal and not the saint as was portrayed in The Great Caruso. And what a voice despite the recording equipment that could not compare with today's technicality. I particularly like his rendition of Over There. What joy. Someone once asked him what it took to be a great singer and he replied, large chest, good voice and something to that effect AND Something in the Heart. Yes indeed, something in the heart.

Mar. 06 2014 09:33 AM

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