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Enrico Caruso's U.S. Tour: Topics in Chronicling America

Enrico Caruso was an Italian opera singer and one of the first major singing talents to be commercially recorded. This guide provides access to materials related to the "Enrico Caruso" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"Great audience swayed by the wonderful voice of Enrico Caruso." April 19, 1905. Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles, CA), Image 3. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Legendary tenor Enrico Caruso’s arrival to America is eagerly anticipated when he signs with the Metropolitan Opera in 1903, but his reputation is soon threatened when he’s imprisoned for “insulting a woman repeatedly.” Despite legal troubles, the man with the golden voice sings on in America with great popularity until a shocking illness claims his life in 1921. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


November 23, 1903 Caruso makes his debut in the New York Metropolitan Opera's “Rigoletto.
November 17, 1906 Caruso is arrested at the New York Central Park and charged with disorderly conduct for insulting a woman.
July 12, 1909 Caruso signs a 5-year contract with New York Metropolitan Opera.
December 10, 1910 Caruso sings in Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West.”
November 13, 1911 Caruso heads the cast in a production of “Aida.”
August 2, 1921 Caruso dies in Italy.