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Name: Enrico Caruso  
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Date of Birth: 2nd August 1873
Place of Birth: Naples, Italy
Profession: Singer
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For the song Caruso by Lucio Dalla, see Caruso (song).

Enrico Caruso

Enrico Caruso (February 25, 1873–August 2, 1921) was one of the most famous tenors in the history of opera. Caruso was also the most popular singer in any genre in the first twenty years of the twentieth century and one of the pioneers of recorded music. During his career, he made nearly 500 recordings and made over two million dollars from the sale of his records. While Caruso sang at many of the world's great opera houses including La Scala in Milan and Covent Garden in London, he is best known as the leading male singer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for 16 years. He also had a record of affairs with women resulting in Caruso being taken to court on a number of occasions.

Life and career

Born in Naples, Italy, Caruso began his career in that city in 1894. His first big success came a year later in Milan, where he also made his first twenty recordings.

In 1903 he went to New York City to sing with the New York Metropolitan Opera, and the same year began making phonograph recordings for the Victor Talking-Machine Company; his star relationships with both the Metropolitan and Victor would last to 1920.

Caruso's repertoire included about sixty operas, mostly in Italian, though he also sang in French and English (with a heavy Italian accent). He had a repertory of some 500 songs, ranging from classical to traditional Italian folk songs to popular songs of the day. He was one of the first star vocalists to make numerous recordings. Caruso and the disc phonograph did much to promote each other in the first two decades of the 20th century. Caruso's popular recordings and his extraordinary voice, known for its range, power, and beauty, made him one of the best-known stars of his time.

Caruso died in 1921, from what is thought to be complications of pleurisy. He is buried in Naples.

His life was the subject of a highly fictionalized Hollywood motion picture, The Great Caruso, in 1951.

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