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Enrico Caruso:His career, in roles.

Enrico Caruso (February 25, 1873 – August 2, 1921) was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic. Caruso also made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920. All of these recordings, which span most of his stage career, are available today on CDs and as digital downloads.

  • Enrico Caruso: His Career, in Roles

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    Enrico Caruso: His Career, in Roles

    After his debut in 1895 in Naples, Italy, star tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) performed in 61 roles in 24 years. This is a summary of his fantastic international career, shown in 49 photo-slides
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    In the title role in Faust (Gounod)

    After his debut in "L´Amico Francesco" in 1895, Faust was his first important role (Caserta, 1895)
    In the title role in Faust (Gounod)
  • As Turiddu, in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

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    As Turiddu, in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

    He debuted on this role also in Caserta in 1895
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    As Turiddu, in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

    As Turiddu, in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)
  • A playbill from 1901 annoucing a performance of Rigoletto (Verdi) in Bologna

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    A playbill from 1901 annoucing a performance of Rigoletto (Verdi) in Bologna

    He had debuted on this role in Napoli, 1895. By 1901, his reputation as a tenor was alredy well established
  • Enrico Caruso: His Career, in Roles

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    Enrico Caruso: His Career, in Roles

    After his debut in 1895 in Naples, Italy, star tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) performed in 61 roles in 24 years. This is a summary of his fantastic international career, shown in 49 photo-slides
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    Act One

    The square in front of Bartolo's house. In a public square outside Bartolo's house a band of musicians and a poor student named Lindoro are serenading, to no avail, the window of Rosina. Lindoro, who is really the young Count Almaviva in d
  • Enrico Background

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    Enrico Background

  • In the title role in Faust (Gounod)

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    In the title role in Faust (Gounod)

    After his debut in "L´Amico Francesco" in 1895, Faust was his first important role (Caserta, 1895)
  • Act One

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    Act One

    Rosina is the young ward of the grumpy, elderly Bartolo and she is allowed very little freedom because Bartolo plans to marry her, and her not inconsiderable dowry, himself – once she is of age.
  • As Turiddu, in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

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    As Turiddu, in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

    He debuted on this role also in Caserta in 1895
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    Act One

    Figaro approaches singing. Since Figaro used to be a servant of the Count, the Count asks him for assistance in helping him meet Rosina, offering him money should he be successful in arranging this. Figaro advises the Count to disguise himself as a d
  • As Turiddu, in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

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    As Turiddu, in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

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    Act One

    Knowing the Count only as Lindoro, Rosina writes to him. As she is leaving the room, Bartolo and Basilio enter. Bartolo is suspicious of the Count, and Basilio advises that he be put out of the way by creating false rumours about him.
  • A playbill from 1901 annoucing a performance of Rigoletto (Verdi) in Bologna

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    A playbill from 1901 annoucing a performance of Rigoletto (Verdi) in Bologna

    He had debuted on this role in Napoli, 1895. By 1901, his reputation as a tenor was alredy well established
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    Act One

    When the two have gone, Rosina and Figaro enter. Figaro asks Rosina to write a few encouraging words to Lindoro, which she has actually already written. Although surprised by Bartolo, Rosina manages to fool him, but he remains suspicious.
  • Another photo as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto (Verdi)

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    Another photo as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto (Verdi)

  • Act II

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    Act II

    A room in Bartolo's house with a piano. Almaviva again appears at the doctor's house, this time disguised as a singing tutor and pretending to act as substitute for the supposedly ailing Basilio, Rosina's regular singing teacher.
  • Playbill announcing Caruso´s first performance ever at the Met Opera

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    Playbill announcing Caruso´s first performance ever at the Met Opera

    Opening night season 1903-1904, Caruso singing with Marcella Sembrich and Antonio Scotti in the cast
  • Act II

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    Act II

    Initially, Bartolo is suspicious, but does allow Almaviva to enter when the Count gives him Rosina's letter. He describes his plan to discredit Lindoro whom he believes to be one of the Count's servants, intent on pursuing women for his mas
  • As the Duke of Mantua, Met Opera (New York), season 1903-04

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    As the Duke of Mantua, Met Opera (New York), season 1903-04

    His debut role at the Met Opera
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    Act II

    When Basilio suddenly appears, he is bribed by a full purse from Almaviva and persuaded to leave again, with much discussion of how ill he looks. Figaro begins to shave Bartolo, but Bartolo overhears the lovers conspiring. He drives everybody away.
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    09-caruso-in-carmen

  • Act II

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    Act II

    The stage remains empty while the music creates a thunder storm to indicate the passage of time. The Count and Figaro climb up a ladder to the balcony and enter the room through a window. Rosina shows Almaviva the letter and expresses her feelings of
  • As Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)

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    As Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)

    He debuted on this role in Cairo (Egypt) in 1895
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    Act II

    Bartolo shows Rosina the letter she wrote to "Lindoro", and persuades her that this is evidence that Lindoro is merely a flunky of Almaviva. Rosina believes him and agrees to marry him.
  • Playbill announcing Caruso in La Gioconda (Ponchielli), 1897

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    Playbill announcing Caruso in La Gioconda (Ponchielli), 1897

    Performed in this opera for the first time in Cairo, Egypt, in 1895. Opera impresario Lombardi was also his teacher
  • As Enzo, in La Gioconda

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    As Enzo, in La Gioconda

    A later photo on this role
  • As Arturo, in I Puritani (Bellini)

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    As Arturo, in I Puritani (Bellini)

    His debut in this opera was in 1896 in Salerno, Italy
  • As Fernando, in La Favorita (Donizetti) at Teatro Mercadante, Napoli

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    As Fernando, in La Favorita (Donizetti) at Teatro Mercadante, Napoli

    Debuted in this role in Salerno, 1896
  • With baritone Enrico Piganataro, probably in "A San Francisco" (Sebastiani)

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    With baritone Enrico Piganataro, probably in "A San Francisco" (Sebastiani)

    Debuted on this opera in 1896 in Salerno - Rare photo, from around that time
  • As Don Jose  in Carmen, Met Opera

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    As Don Jose in Carmen, Met Opera

    Debuted in this opera in Salerno, 1896
  • As Rodolfo, in La Boheme (Puccini) in St. Petersburg, Russia, 1898 - His debut role there

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    As Rodolfo, in La Boheme (Puccini) in St. Petersburg, Russia, 1898 - His debut role there

    Debuted in this role in Livorno, 1897
  • Also as Rodolfo in La Boheme

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    Also as Rodolfo in La Boheme

    A later photo, at the Metropolitan Opera (New York)
  • As Canio, in Pagliacci - His signature role

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    As Canio, in Pagliacci - His signature role

    Caruso debuted on this role in Milan, 1897 - later, it became his most famous role
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