His progress as a paid entertainer was interrupted, however, by 45 days of compulsory military service.
Initially, Marcellino thought that his son should adopt the same trade and at the age of 11, the boy was apprenticed to a mechanical engineer named Palmieri who constructed public water fountains.
(Whenever visiting Naples in future years, Caruso liked to point out a fountain that he had helped to install.) Caruso later worked alongside his father at the Meuricoffre factory in Naples.
During this period he sang in his church choir, and his voice showed enough promise for him to contemplate a possible adult career in music.
Caruso was encouraged in his early musical ambitions by his mother, who died in 1888.
For Edison, in 1911, Caruso portrayed the role of Edgardo in a filmed scene from Donizetti‘s opera .
Producer Jesse Lasky paid Caruso 0,000 to appear in these two efforts but they both flopped at the box office.
In the German repertoire, Caruso sang only two roles, Assad (in Karl Goldmark‘s Enrico Caruso came from a poor but not destitute background.
Born in Naples in the Via San Giovannello agli Ottocalli 7 on February 25, 1873, he was baptised the next day in the adjacent Roman Catholic Church of San Giovanni e Paolo.
He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and North and South America, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic.
Caruso also made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920.
Caruso’s voice extended up to high C in its prime and grew in power and weight as he grew older.