Enrico Caruso: Media Star of the First Hour
Just in time for the 150th anniversary of his birth, a booklet on the "tenor of tenors", Enrico Caruso (1873-1921), was published last year. Like Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) or Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), he knew how to take advantage of the blessings of the dawning record and film age and became a star, which can only be found in pop music today. At the same time, he shaped a style of singing that remained influential until the end of the 20th century. The book was written by Thomas Seedorf, a specialist in interpretive research: "Seedorf's Caruso is both the record of an 'artist-hero' and that of the era that produced him and ultimately made him 'part of the YouTube universe'," writes the FAZ.