Legendary tenor Enrico Caruso makes his Carnegie Hall debut on April 30, at a fundraising rally and concert for the war effort that earns over $2 million.

Although Caruso, who had made his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1903, did not sing on Carnegie Hall’s stage until 1918, his voice had been heard at the Hall much earlier. In February and April of 1904 he recorded 10 selections—including Verdi’s La donna é mobile and Leoncavallo’s Vesti la giubba— for the Victor Talking Machine Company, whose New York recording facility was then located in Carnegie Hall’s Studio 826, above the main auditorium.

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