Classic tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) stepped onto the stage of New York's Metropolitan Opera for the first time in 1903. For the following eighteen years he remained the Met's premier attraction, performing 607 times in thirty-seven operas. His performances enthralled audiences worldwide and stirred reverence among both critics and other performers. "There is no comparison," commented fellow tenor John McCormack. "He was unique and glorious."
The Postal Service honored Caruso in 1987 by issuing the Enrico Caruso stamp, which is part of the Performing Arts Series. Jim Sharpe of Westport, Connecticut, designed the stamp.