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Una Furtiva Lagrima

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"Una Furtiva Lagrima "
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• Recorded 01-02-1904 •

L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti, Gaetano)

Date of recording: Monday, 01/02/1904

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 così, farà parlare di sè 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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Posted on: 25-10-2012 18:56
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To understand the uniqueness of Caruso’s phenomenal voice, one has to hear the aria “Una furtiva lagrima” with Schipa, a tenor di grazia par excellence and then with Caruso, a dramatic tenor. I’d like someone to tell me the dramatic tenor who can sing this sensitive aria like this.
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Viola Rue
Posted on: 20-11-2012 23
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Caruso não é só imbatival na voz, também na interpretação. Lindo!