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Enrico Caruso - Junior Suite n.306

Junior Suite at Grand Hotel et de Milan
Junior Suite at Grand Hotel et de Milan

Among the many anecdotes relating the Grand Hotel et de Milan with great personalities of the Italian Opera, one regards the tenor Enrico Caruso, to whom suite 306 is dedicated. The tenor first visited the hotel on the occasion of your stay in Milan, to perform at the Teatro Alla Scala in a new opera directed by Arturo Toscanini. In the same period, Fred Gaisberg, a pioneer of phonographic recording at the “Voce del Padrone” record label, asked the tenor to record some of the arias of the Opera called “Germania”. Caruso asked the hotel to mount a sort of recording studio: it is exactly here where the recording of the first flat LP in the history of music took place. Gaisberg was so enthused by Caruso's voice that, despite the refusal by the record label to pay the excessive amount of 100 £ requested by the tenor, decided to paid out of his own pocket just to record his voice.

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