Enrico was born in 1873. He was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas. Caruso was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.
Born in Naples in the Via San Giovannello agli Ottocalli 7 on February 25, 1873, he was baptized the next day in the adjacent Church of San Giovanni e Paolo. Called Errico in accordance with the Neapolitan dialect, he would later adopt the formal Italian version of his given name, Enrico (the equivalent of "Henry" in English). Caruso was the third of seven children and one of only three to survive infancy. Caruso's father, Marcellino, was a mechanic and foundry worker. His mother Anna Caruso (née Baldini) died in 1888.
Italian soprano, Ada Giachetti, a few years older than he was and already married, bore Caruso four sons during from 1897 to 1908. Two survived infancy: Rodolfo Caruso (born 1898) and singer/actor Enrico Caruso, Jr. (1904–1987). Caruso married Dorothy Park Benjamin (1893-1955), the daughter of a wealthy New York patent lawyer, in spite of the disapproval of Dorothy's father, on August 20, 1918. They had a daughter, Gloria Caruso (1919–1999). Dorothy lived until 1955 and wrote two books about Caruso, published in 1928 and 1945.
Caruso died at the Vesuvio Hotel in Naples, Italy shortly after 9:00 a.m. on August 2, 1921. He was 48. The Bastianellis attributed the likely cause of death to peritonitis arising from a burst subrenal abscess, from a kidney injury.
Enrico Caruso: mentioned in the record of Enrico Caruso and Dorothy Park Benjamin. Name: Enrico Caruso. Event Type: Marriage. Event Date: 20 Aug 1918. Event Place: Manhattan, New York, New York, United States. Event Place (Original): Manhattan, New York. Gender: Male. Age: 45. Marital Status: Single. Race: White. Birth Year (Estimated): 1873. Birthplace: Italy. Father's Name: Marcellino. Mother's Name: Anna Baldini. Spouse's Name: Dorothy Park Benjamin. Spouse's Gender: Female. Spouse's Age: 25. Spouse's Marital Status: Single. Spouse's Race: White. Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated):1893. Spouse's Birthplace: Hastings, N. Y. Spouse's Father's Name: Park. Spouse's Mother's Name: Ida E. Crane. Citing this Record "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24Q1-XB1 : 20 March 2015), Enrico Caruso and Dorothy Park Benjamin, 20 Aug 1918; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,643,071.