Enrico Caruso

(1873–1921)

Enrico Caruso

Anecdote 1...

Caruso was caught in the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. He swore he would never again go back to such a city, “where disorders like that are permitted.”

Anecdote 2...

A group of reporters once asked him what he thought of Babe Ruth. Caruso, who was unfailingly polite and amiable, replied that he didn’t know because unfortunately he had never heard her sing.

 

Quote-worthy...

In this household, I do the singing.

~Enrico Caruso
Biographical Note: 

Enrico Caruso was an Italian tenor, renowned for his roles in the operas of Verdi and Puccini. Caruso was born in a seven-story apartment complex in a working-class neighborhood in Naples, Italy. He was the 18th child out of 21, and the first to live past infancy, due to a cholera epidemic. It was to be his mother’s encouragement to perform throughout his early years that would mold him into the “King of Tenors” as he is known today. Caruso made his Metropolitan Opera debut on the opening night of the 1903-04 season. Out of the 57 roles and 832 performances, 37 roles and 607 performances took place at the Metropolitan Opera.

More Information: 

Read a short biography about Enrico Caruso.
Caruso was also an artist; Go here for some photos and sketches.
You might also want to view some caricatures of Mr. Caruso...these are delightful.
Finally, read Caruso’s eyewitness account of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. This page also includes some of his drawings to illustrate his account.