Dear Caruso, I’m leaving you with the chauffeur

Dear Caruso, I’m leaving you with the chauffeur


norman lebrecht

January 31, 2021

A trove of Enrico Caruso letters coming up for sale at Christie’s covers the period when Mrs Caruso, the soprano Ada Giachetti, waltzed off with the family driver.

Poor Caruso was pretty upset, but by this time he seems to have had an affair with Ada’s younger sister.

None of these letters have ever seen light before.

Read the auctioneer’s description here.




  • Bill Ecker says:

    They were last sold in 2014 and an attempt to sell them was made in 2020 to no avail. In a time of covid, the archive as a single entity will likely remain unsold, though there is an off chance I could be wrong. The attachment you sent was the 2014 listing when they were sold. Here is the link to the current “private” offering.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Ah, those Carusos! What scamps!

  • Brian says:

    Didn’t this auction close in 2014?

  • Andrew says:

    Shouldn’t that be “Dear Caruso, I’m leaving you without the chauffeur”?

    • R. Brite says:

      I came over here specifically to make sure that someone pointed out it should be “for” rather than “with”. Close, Andrew. Very close.

  • Suzanne says:

    Just wanted to point out that the woman in the photo with Caruso is Lucrezia Bori – not Ada Giachetti.

  • Paul Terry says:

    Dorothy Benjamin was “Mrs Caruso”, Ada was his partner.

  • PaulD says:

    Caruso bounced back. After all, he got to marry Ann Blyth. Oh, that was in the movie.

  • JussiB says:

    I thought she left him for Mario Lanza.