Caruso, Enrico

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Caruso, Enrico Gender: M
born on 27 February 1873 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Napoli, Italy, 40n51, 14e17
Timezone LST m12e29 (is standard time)
Data source
Accuracy in question
Rodden Rating C
Collector: De Marre
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Enrico Caruso


Italian opera singer with a brilliant voice, world known as one of the greatest tenors in history. Noted for his strong, romantic voice, he captivated audiences with his musical range and depth of feeling.

Born into a family of 21, his mother is said to have lost 17 babies before Enrico's birth. Caruso was raised in the slums of Naples, escaping a life of poverty after his singing in the church choir gained noticed. He was tutored by the greatest singers in Italy, beginning serious study in 1891 with a Naples debut in 1894. When Puccini was struggling to win favorable notice for his new "La Bohème," young Caruso was scheduled to play the important "Rudolpho," however, Puccini's publisher was reluctant to use him with so much on the line. The decision was to have Caruso sing for the composer. He sang "Che gelida manina." Puccini said, "Who sent you to me, God?" International engagements for five years led to a long-term association with the Met where his repertory included 500 songs and more than 40 operas. Caruso's 4/18/1906 performance with the Met in San Francisco was cancelled due to the earthquake earlier in the morning. Various press reports described him running in panic in his pajamas while others had him with a fur coat over his pajamas. He slept outside that night and was quoted as saying: "Give me Vesuvius. 'ell of a place. I never come back here." He never did.

A little man with a barrel chest, he attracted women with the magic of his voice. Early in his career he was betrothed to the daughter of an opera theater manager. Breaking the engagement at the last moment, he fled with a ballerina, the mistress of an elderly opera director, a torrid but brief fling. Caruso fell in love with Ada Giachetti, an opera singer ten years his senior. Their 11-year relationship produced two sons out of wedlock. This turbulent relationship ended when Caruso sought revenge for an infidelity on her part by plunging into a brief affair with her younger sister. Known to be soured on marriage, if not on women, he surprised the opera world when he was 45 years of age by marrying Dorothy Benjamin, a quiet, prim woman 20 years his junior and not a music lover. Her father disinherited her. The couple were devoted to each other during their short three years together. A daughter, Gloria, was born.

Caruso had severe chest pains and was misdiagnosed as having intercostal neuritis after opening season of the Met in 1920. On December 11 while singing in L'Elisir d' Amore, he bled badly from the mouth. His doctor diagnosed "a small burst vein at the tip of the tongue." His last performance was "La Juive" on Christmas Eve at the Metropolitan Opera House. On Christmas Day, in agonizing pain, his doctor found that he had acute pleurisy. Three days later a gallon of fluid was drawn from the pleural cavity. Several relapses followed. In May Caruso, Dorothy and Gloria traveled to Italy for rest and sunshine. A family doctor probed his old incision with a dirty instrument. He died of peritonitis due to the bursting of an abscess just before 9:00 AM on 8/02/1921, Naples.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Ancona, Mario (born 28 February 1860). Notes: Singing different times together
  • business associate/partner relationship with Ellis, Mary (born 15 June 1897). Notes: Co-star


  • Social : Begin a program of study 1891 (Began singing)
  • Work : New Career 1894 (Debut in Naples)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 18 April 1906 (Debut at the Met in San Francisco)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1920 (Misdiagnosis fo intercostal neuritis)
  • Other Health 11 February 1920 (Bled heavily from mouth)
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  • Death by Disease 2 August 1921 (Peritonitis, burst abcess, age 48)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Luc de Marre. (3:00 AM Rome time)

Biography: Howard S. Greenfeld "Caruso, An Illustrated Life" (Collier & Brown, 1991, p3) "The date of his birth was either 25 or 27 February, 1873. . . his son believed that his father was born on the earlier date and that it was not registered until the 27th.")

Grazia Bordoni database, 'entertainment' file has 25 February 1873 at 10 AM, quoting Gouchon. The same 10 AM time is given by Koppejan in Sterrentijd (no source).


  • Traits : Body : Size (Not a large man)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Misdiagnosed intercostal neuritis)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Acute pleurisy)
  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (Raised in slums of Naples)
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (One of 21 kids)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (17 siblings died)
  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (11 years with Ada Giachetti)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Wife Dorothy Benjamin 20 years younger)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons, one daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (Tours)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera (Opera, 500 songs and 20 operas)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Music (Operatic voice)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Name synonomous with opera)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection