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May not be heard again

Here’s an article that appeared in the December 31 1920 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, one hundred years ago today. It reported sad news:

Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) was an operatic tenor. He was one of the first singers to be recorded, which turned him into an intenational star, performing at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, among others.

Unfortunately, his habits of smoking cigars and never exercising, along with a rigorous performing schedule, caused his health to break down. Suffering from pleurisy, he appeared to be recovering by May 1921, but allowed himself to be examined by an unhygienic doctor while recuperating in Italy, which caused a relapse. He passed away in August 1921. The Daily Star article shown here proved prophetic: he never performed again after 1920.

YouTube has a lot of Caruso’s recordings.

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