New Caruso discovery in Yorkshire

Retired recording engineer Jim Pattison has discovered a set of 78s records dating back to the early 20th century on a visit to Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster, Yorkshire.
Among them, a recording of Italian tenor Enrico Caruso singing Addio dolce svegliare from Puccini’s La Bohème with Geraldine Farrar (soprano) Gina Ciaparelli-Viafora (mezzo-soprano) and Antonio Scotti (baritone).
The recording, allegedly made on March 10, 1908, in a New Jersey studio, was captured by a single acoustic recording horn, resembling a gramophone horn.

Enrico Caruso’s musical career spanned the years 1895 to 1920 but was cut short by a serious illness which eventually killed him at the age of 48.

source: guardian.co.uk – hear an extract here

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