Two of his biographers, Francis Robinson and Pierre Key, mentioned the tale in their books but genealogical research conducted by Caruso family friend Guido D’Onofrio has suggested it is false.According to Caruso’s son Enrico, Jr., Caruso himself and his brother Giovanni may have been the source of the exaggerated number.
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.
At his mother’s insistence, he also attended school for a time, receiving a basic education under the tutelage of a local priest.
He learned to write in a handsome script and studied technical draftsmanship.
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.While Caruso sang at such venues as La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London, the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, he was also the leading tenor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for 18 consecutive seasons.It was at the Met, in 1910, that he created the role of Dick Johnson in Giacomo Puccini‘s .Caruso’s widow Dorothy also included the story in a memoir that she wrote about her late husband.She quotes the tenor as follows in relation to his mother, Anna Caruso (née Baldini): “She had twenty-one children. I am number nineteen boy.” Caruso’s father, Marcellino, was a mechanic and foundry worker with a steady job.All of these recordings, which span most of his stage career, are available today on CDs and as digital downloads.