Enrico Caruso: legendary operatic tenor.

Born: February 25, 1873

Died:  August 2, 1921

While Caruso never had much to say about his classroom teachers, he remembered well his voice teacher.
It was he who impressed, time and again, the necessity of singing as nature intended, and – I remember – he constantly warned, don’t let the public know that you work. So I went slowly. I never forced the voice.

An amazing tenor, Caruso loved his audience.
I know that I shall sing only a certain number of times. So I think to myself, “Tonight I will hold back my voice. I will save it a little and that will mean I may be able to sing a few more times.” But when I go before the audience, when I hear the music and begin to sing, I cannot hold back. I give the best there is in me – I give all.

He credited his difficulties with his success.

I suffer so much in this life. That is what they [the audience] are feeling when I sing, that is why they cry. People who felt nothing in this life cannot sing.

Of course, he also gave others credit where due.
A big chest, a big mouth, 90 percent memory, 10 percent intelligence, lots of hard work, and something in the heart.

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