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Digital Collections in the Friedheim Library

About this collection

Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) was one of the preeminent operatic tenors of the early 20th century. Although born and trained in Italy, he remains most closely associated with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where he performed for 18 consecutive years from 1903 to 1921. Acclaimed for both his voice and the verismo of his performances, he sang with many other operatic greats (including Nellie Melba and Rosa Ponselle) and premiered important works in the repertoire (including Puccini's La Fanciulla del West).

 

The Caruso collection at Peabody includes scrapbooks (containing newspaper clippings, letters, telegrams, cards, and personal photographs), collections of caricatures, materials relating to Caruso's marriage, original artwork, and Caruso's personal collection of sheet music. The digital collection contains two photo albums and a manuscript score by Leoncavallo dedicated to Caruso.

 

The collection was donated to the George Peabody Library in 1953 by Dorothy Benjamin Caruso (1893-1955), the wife of Enrico Caruso. Although neither of the Carusos had formal ties to the Peabody Institute, their son-in-law, Michael Hunt Murray, was a student at Johns Hopkins University during the 1950s, and Mrs. Caruso spent the final years of her life in Baltimore. The Peabody Library later transferred the collection to the Peabody Institute Archives.

 
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