B1102. ENRICO CARUSO [actually Mme. Meyerheim] & LUISA TETRAZZINI. The Art of Singing. New York, The Metropolitan Company, 1909. 71pp. Very decent disbound copy has Franklin Music Co. imprint superimposed over Metropolitan Company logo, all intact, albeit missing both covers.
“This work lays before those who sing or who are about to study singing, the simple, fundamental rules of the art based on common sense. The two greatest living exponents of the art of singing, Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini, were chosen as examples, and their talks on singing have additional weight from the fact that what they have to say was printed exactly as it was uttered, the truths they expound are driven home forcefully, and what they relate so simply was backed by years of experience and emphasize by the results they achieved as the two greatest artists in the world. 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