|Date:||September 7th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)|| |
My grandmother passed away about 10 years ago at the age of 98. In her early 20's she attended a Caruso performance, and in her later years she also attended a Pavarotti opera. She said they were equally great but that Caruso had more baritone in his voice than Luciano. Caruso made many recordings and although the technology in his day was limited in its ability to truly capture his voice you can still hear the greatness.
A favorite Luciano memory I have is seeing him telling his singing students to sing from the diaphragm, because that is how babies could cry all night long in full piercing voice without ever straining their vocal cords.
Many years ago Luciano got into the habit of having a blood pressure monitor with him at all times to take his own pressure, and he would often insist on measuring the pressure of everyone else who was with him at the time.