Enrico Caruso: A Life - Narrated by David Thomson

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Enrico Caruso: A Life - Narrated by David Thomson



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An exploration of Caruso through lively narration and authentic recordings

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Caruso: A Life in Words and Music

King of Tenors: Enrico Caruso

Verdi: 'Di quella pira' from Il trovatore

Family background

Cordiferro-Cardillo: 'Core 'ngrato'

Early singing lessons

Mascagni: 'Siciliana' from Cavalleria rusticana

Caruso's first operatic roles

Cottrau: 'Fenesta che lucive'

More auditions and Enrico meets Puccini

Puccini: 'Che gelida manina' (part 1) from La Boheme

Caruso meets Ada Giachetti

Puccini: 'Che gelida manina' (part 2)

Enrico and Ada

Giordano: 'Amor ti vieta' from Fedora

1898: St Petersburg

Verdi: 'Celeste Aida' from Aida

The 'monarch-in-waiting'

Puccini: 'E lucevan le stelle' from Tosca

December 1990: debut at La Scala

Donizetti: 'Una furtiva lagrima' from L'elisir d'amore

Humiliation in Naples

Franchetti: 'Studenti, udite' from Germania

1900: Gaisberg records Caruso

Verdi: 'Questa o quella' from Rigoletto

1902: Covent Garden debut with Nelly Melba

De Crescenzo: 'Tarantella sincera'

1903: Caruso joins the New York Metropolitan Opera

Verdi: 'La donna e mobile' from Rigoletto (1904 version)

The 'King' is crowned

Donizetti: 'Chi mi frena in tal momento?' from Lucia di Lammermoor

1904-6: international touring

Bizet: 'La fleur que tu m'avais jetee' from Carmen

An earthquake and a brush with the press

Puccini: 'Addio, dolce svegliare alla mattina' from La Boheme

1906: La Boheme at the Met.

Puccini: 'Non ve l'avevo detto?' from Madama Butterfly

Caruso's health

Verdi: 'Di quella pira' from Il trovatore

1908: family upsets

Leoncavallo: 'Vesti la giubba' from Pagliacci

Family and health problems

The 1909-10 season at the Met.

Ponchielli: 'Cielo e mar!' from La Gioconda

Mafia interest and a recording contract

Puccini: 'Recondita armonia' from Tosca

Ill health

1912-13: back at the Met.

Puccini: 'O soave fanciulla' from La Boheme

1913-14: Covent Garden, Tosca and Aida

Verdi: 'Di' tu se fedele' from Un ballo in maschera

The war years

Saint-Saens: 'Vois ma misere' from Samson et Dalila

Fund-raising concerts

Rossini: 'La danza'

Caruso's daily routine

Caruso's private life

O' Hara: 'Your eyes have told me what I did not know'

1918-20: marriage to Dorothy Park Benjamin

Verdi: 'Solenne in quest'ora' from La forza del destino

Dorothy in Italy; Caruso on tour

Halevy: 'Rachel! Quand du seigneur' from La Juive

1920: Cuba

1920-21: injury and worsening health

Verdi: 'Oh! mostruosa colpa!' from Otello

Goodbye to the Met. - Caruso retires to Naples

Cottrau: Neapolitan Song 'Addio a Napoli'

The death of Caruso

Verdi: 'La donna e mobile' from Rigoletto (1908 version)

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