Throwback Thursday: Enrico Caruso (#tbt)

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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."

 

Playlist:

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