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Underwood & Underwood, active 1880 - c. 1950  Search this
Frieda Hempel, 1885 - 1955  Search this
Maria Duchene, 1884 - ?  Search this
Giulio Setti, 1869 - 1938  Search this
Leon Rothier, 1874 - 1951  Search this
Andrés de Segurola, c. 1873 - 1953  Search this
Enrico Caruso, 25 Feb 1873 - 2 Aug 1921  Search this
Image/Sheet: 26.7 x 34.3 cm (10 1/2 x 13 1/2")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9 cm (16 x 22")
Enrico Caruso: European\Italian  Search this
Andrés de Segurola: European\Spanish  Search this
c. 1915
Exhibition Label:
In the early part of the twentieth century, tenor Enrico Caruso (standing at right) was the most acclaimed singer in the world. He made his American debut in Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in November 1903, and soon after signed a contract to record exclusively for the Victor Company and its affiliates. As Caruso's phenomenal appeal fueled the demand for his recordings and for the machines that could play them, phonographs made the rapid transition from novelty item to household fixture. In 1914 Caruso joined the singers pictured here-Frieda Hempel, Maria Duchêne, Guilio Setti, Léon Rothier, and Andrés de Segurola-to perform a selection from Verdi's Un ballo in maschera for a recording issued in 1915. Although this image may have been used to publicize that record, it was more likely intended to promote the sale of Victrola phonographs such as the model pictured here.
Interior  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Music\Phonograph  Search this
Enrico Caruso: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Enrico Caruso: Male  Search this
Enrico Caruso: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Opera  Search this
Leon Rothier: Male  Search this
Leon Rothier: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Opera  Search this
Andrés de Segurola: Male  Search this
Andrés de Segurola: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician  Search this
Frieda Hempel: Female  Search this
Frieda Hempel: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Opera  Search this
Maria Duchene: Female  Search this
Maria Duchene: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Opera  Search this
Giulio Setti: Male  Search this
Giulio Setti: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Opera  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Ann M. Shumard in memory of her grandmother, Anna Reeves Hamilton
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National Portrait Gallery