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.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
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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.”