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Open Features: Enrico Caruso

Peter Wintersgill outlines the life of one of the greatest singers of all time, Enrico Caruso.

Born
27th February, 1873, in Naples.

Adolescence
Studied with Vergine and Lombardi.

Adult life
Debut Naples 1894. First success as Enzo in La Giaconda in Palermo 1892. Created tenor roles in Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur and Giordano's Fedora. He sang in Boheme with Melba at Monte Carlo in 1902.

Covent Garden debut as Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto in 1902. From 1903 20 he sang at New York Met.

He was the first tenor to make records.

He had a brilliant voice with exceptional breath control and was considered the greatest tenor of the century.

He died 2nd August, 1921, in Naples, aged 48.

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