Caruso in Cowtown


Enrico Caruso is considered one of the most famous Italian tenors in opera history. Making his American debut in 1902, his rich, unique voice captivated audiences.

Caruso sang at several of the world’s greatest opera houses, but perhaps his most unique location was at the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth in 1920. The story goes that when the famous tenor  heard he was to sing “in a cattle barn,” he was so upset that he couldn’t eat. He vowed not to perform, but after being persuaded to visit the facility he was so pleased with acoustics in the arena that he exclaimed, “I will sing!” Many said he was charmed by the “cowboy-hatted, heavily booted audience’s whistles, whoops, and stomps” in response to his performance. Of course we know, that’s all part of the Fort Worth charm.

To honor Enrico Caruso, world-renowned tenor and Metropolitan Opera favorite Stephen Costello will recreate the 1920 legendary performance at the home of the world’s first indoor rodeo – the Cowtown Coliseum.

“I feel so honored to be part of this amazing and unique concert – what better way to pay tribute to one of the all-time great singers, Caruso was such an inspiration to me, and to recreate this historic event in this iconic location is so thrilling.” – Stephen Costello

“We are always striving to let the world know how important this building was to this nation in western and cultural heritage, and it’s a real step forward bringing back the past,” said Hub Baker, general manager of the Cowtown Coliseum. “Fort Worth Opera is a great partner and we are proud to be home, once again, to honor Caruso’s great history. The meaning of this event is greater than one night.”

Join us Thursday, April 7, for Caruso in Cowtown as we bring opera to the coliseum!