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. .Enrico Caruso as the Duke of Mantua
.. from Verdi's "Rigoletto"
Commissioned by
Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan
Currently on display at the
Detroit Opera House/Michigan Opera Theater

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October 12 1991
Luciano Pavarotti Being Presented
with the Statue of Enrico Caruso
Pictured in Photo from left to right
Mr. Luciano Pavarotti
Mr. Frank Stella
    President, National Italian American Foundation
Mr. Dino Valle
....Artistic Director, Verdi Opera Theatre &
....Statue of Enrico Caruso Society
.. Mr. John Zaretti
....President, Verdi Opera Theatre &
....Statue of Enrico Caruso Society

History

The Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan established a subsidiary, the Statue of Enrico Caruso Society, to honor one of the greatest opera singers the world has known: Enrico Caruso. As a tribute to this great artist, the society commissioned Master Sculptor Ferenc Varga to create a life-size statue depicting Caruso as the Duke of Mantua in Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto," one of Caruso's most famous roles. The statue, cast in bronze and mounted on a marble pedestal, was donated to Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall and is now permanently permanently displayed at the Detroit Opera House/Michigan Opera Theater. A miniature replica of the Caruso statue is periodically presented by the society to worthy representatives of the opera world for their outstanding contribution in promoting this art. Past recipients of the Caruso award: tenors Carlo Bergonzi, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras,

Pavarotti receiving bust of Verdi
John Zaretti, Maria Harris, Dino Valle
presenting Luciano Pavarotti
the bust of Giuseppe Verdi
for his outstanding achievement in opera.
September 20, 2003 - at the Detroit Opera House

Placido Domingo and baritone Sherrill Milnes. The society also awards a bust of Giuseppe Verdi to outstanding artists from Michigan and elsewhere who have contributed to the development and appreciation of opera in Michigan and around the world. Past recipients of the Verdi bust: Coloratura Soprano Janet Williams, Metropolitan Opera Basso Ara Berberian, Michele Pertusi, Luciano Pavarotti, Mezzo Soprano's Cecilia Bartoli and Irina Mishura, and resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leslie Dunner.