The Caricaturist

Caruso was a skilled caricaturist.

Caricatures by Enrico Caruso

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"No! Pagliaccio non son - turn down the volume of your speakers!!"
(Pagliacci - Leoncavallo, Ruggero)
• Recorded 28-12-1910 •
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Giovanni Martinelli about Caruso:

At a party an overdressed flamboyant woman persisted in demanding answers from Giovanni Martinelli to questions in a loud voice to attract attention. Finally she said, “Come now, Mr. Martinelli, tell us the truth – Caruso was never as good as his press made him to be, is that not the truth.” Martinelli swung around and faced his tormentor. “Madame”, he declared in his accented, but thoroughly accurate English, “Put Gigli, Lauri-Volpi and me together – make us one tenor – and we would not be fit to kiss Caruso’s shoe tops”. “Does that answer you?”