The Great Caruso    (Michael Scott)     (0-394-53681-9)
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The Great Caruso    (Michael Scott)     (0-394-53681-9)
B1094. MICHAEL SCOTT. The Great Caruso: A Biography. New York, Knopf, 1988. 322pp. Index; Bibliography; Chronology of Performances; Photos; DJ. . A biography of the tenor, coinciding with the availability of his records due to new technology, which traces his life in Naples and début in 1895, where his art was said to be crude and his technique incomplete, to his triumph in New York where he appeared 863 times in 37 rôles in 17 years. - 0-394-53681-9


“While Caruso sang at such venues as La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London, the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, he was also the leading tenor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York for 18 consecutive seasons. Caruso's 25-year career, stretching from 1895 to 1920, included 863 appearances at the Metropolitan Opera before he died from an infection at the age of 48. It was at the Met, in 1910, where he created the rôle of Dick Johnson in Giacomo Puccini's LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST.”

- Zillah D. Akron

“Michael’s habit of speaking his mind would often upset people who did not share his views, but he was witty and entertaining, as well as widely read. He could be an amusing guest or guest speaker and made many friends as well as enemies in the collecting fraternity.”

- Michael Aspinall, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2019