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Una Furtiva Lagrima



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"Una Furtiva Lagrima "
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• Recorded 11-04-1902 •

L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti, Gaetano)

Date of recording: Friday, 11/04/1902

Part of the first ever recording session at the Grand Hotel in Milan. With piano accompaniment by Salvatore Cottone.

Caruso created the role of Nemorino the first time in February 1901 at La Scala in Milan. The conductor was the famous Toscanini, but the notoriously critical and reserved audience of La Scala did not react at all ... until Caruso started singing - and he basically turned the performance from failure to success. The audience went wild and Caruso was compelled to repeat "Una furtiva lagrima" three times.

When Toscanini came back stage to go before the curtain with the artists, he embraced Caruso, then turned to the manager of La Scala, Giulio Gatti-Casazza, and said: "Per dio! Se questo Napoletano continua a cantare cosģ, farą parlare di sč il mondo intero." (By Heaven! If this Neapolitan continues to sing like this, he will make the whole world talk about him.)


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