Enrico Caruso’s quote about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906

Enrico Caruso (1873 – 1921) a great Italian tenor is credited with one particular quote that I have not been able to authenticate thus far. In fact, I could not even locate an Italian version, but it is, of course, possible, that Caruso said this in English. Supposedly, after the singer had witnessed the devastation of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, he vowed never to return to a place “where disorders like that are permitted.” Somehow the phrase sounds too much in the style of early 20th century U.S. newspapers.

At the very least, I would like to find this quote in Italian, even if its authenticity is doubtful. Here is, by the way, an illustration of what could have caused Caruso to make such a stern pronouncement.

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