Sunday, January 13, 2008

Enrico Caruso

This is a portrait of Enrico Caruso, the sensational opera tenor of the early 1900's. It was on this day, January 13, in the year 1910 that opera was broadcast live on the radio for the first time. The performance was by Enrico Caruso, singing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. I wonder if he really needed a cane, or if it was simply a fashion accessory?


  1. I bet the cane is functional because the toe of the left foot is pointed while the toe of the right foot seems to be squared off

  2. Interesting observation . . . I had not noticed that.

  3. I am pretty sure it had a functional purpose to it. I have a photo of him and my great-grandfather just outside the Metropolitan Opera in 1914, and he appears to be holding the very same cane at his side.