Others, including Adelina Patti, Francesco Tamagno and Nellie Melba, exploited the new technology once they became aware of the financial returns that Caruso was reaping from his initial recording sessions.
Caruso was the third of seven children born to the same parents, and one of only three to survive infancy.
There is an often repeated story of Caruso having had 17 or 18 siblings who died in infancy.
At his mother’s insistence, he also attended school for a time, receiving a basic education under the tutelage of a local priest.
He learned to write in a handsome script and studied technical draftsmanship.
For Edison, in 1911, Caruso portrayed the role of Edgardo in a filmed scene from Donizetti‘s opera .