Caro Mio Ben by Ada Crossley
‘Caro Mio Ben’ was recorded in the United States on 30 April 1903; it was the first recording in Victor Gramophone Co.'s pre-eminent Red Seal Celebrity series.
It is a popular concert aria composed in 1783 by a member of the Giordani family. Crossley was a prominent Australian opera singer of the 1890s-1910s and a member of the Marchesi School, along with Dame Nellie Melba.
She undertook popular tours of America (1902-03 and 1908-09), Australia (1903, with Percy Grainger in support) and South Africa (1904), as well as performing at a range of charity war concerts.