Mexican tenor Ignacio Jarquin recreates Caruso as his trunk is stolen, as he avoids the bayonets of soldiers evacuating the streets and takes refuge in a city of tents in Golden Gate Park.
I read the above here*.
Interesting to read this, as I’m currently reading a wonderful book called Earthquake Days; The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire. I was reading Caruso’s account of the quake the other day. In it are Caruso’s own words from The Theatre Mazazine in which he says
“I watch those that have already arrived, and presently some one comes and tries to take my trunks, saying they are his. I say, “No, they are mine”; but he does not go away. Then a soldier comes up to me; I tell him that this man wants to take my trunks and that I am Caruso, the artist who sang in “Carmen” the night before. He remembers me and makes the man who takes an interest in my baggage “skiddoo,” as the Americans say.”
(From page 51 of the book.)
I HIGHLY recommend Earthquake Days: The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire in 3-D to you. It’s excellent! It also just happens to be written by trumpeter David Burkhart, husband of a wonderful local oboist Deb Shidler. :-)
*Link no longer working.