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September 5, 2011

// Salvatore Licitra, a tenor with a ringing, powerful voice who rode a sensational surprise Metropolitan Opera debut to dozens of performances with the company, died on Monday in Catania, Sicily, nine days after being severely injured in a motor-scooter accident. He was 43.

His death was reported on his Web site, salvatorelicitra.com.

News reports said that Mr. Licitra lost control of his scooter after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on the evening of Aug. 27 near Ragusa, a town where he was to receive a prize on Sept. 3, and sustained severe head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet, Reuters said, and was riding with his girlfriend, who was unhurt in the crash.

Mr. Licitra (pronounced lih-CHEE-truh) arrived on the New York scene with a splash in May 2002 to fill in at the Met for Luciano Pavarotti in two performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” that most believed would be Pavarotti’s farewell to the company. The second performance, on the final night of the Met season, was also simulcast to thousands sitting outside the house in the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center.

Claiming illness, Pavarotti had canceled both performances, and Joseph Volpe, then the Met’s general manager, flew the Italian Mr. Licitra to New York on the Concorde as a last-minute substitute.

The first night’s audience, though geared up for a major Pavarotti event, nevertheless greeted Mr. Licitra with applause, and his big, warmly Italianate sound and full-voiced high notes — reminiscent to some of Pavarotti’s own — earned him cheers after his arias and an extended standing ovation at the end.

“He is a genuine find, an exciting tenor with a big, dark-hued and muscular voice,” Anthony Tommasini wrote in his review in The New York Times.

In the following Met seasons, Mr. Licitra sang in Verdi’s “Forza del Destino” and “Un Ballo in Maschera,” Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana,” Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” and Puccini’s “Trittico” and “Turandot.” He was to appear in the title role of Verdi’s “Ernani” in February.

While retaining some of the raw power that was so impressive at his debut, Mr. Licitra was showing signs of increasing vocal strain in recent years. Reviewing a performance of “Turandot” at the Met in The Times last year, Mr. Tommasini found his voice “uneven, leathery and curiously cautious,” and worried about the fulfillment of his early promise.

His recording career had also tapered off recently. Highlights were a pair of solo albums of mostly Italian opera standards, the last released in 2006, and an album of duets with the Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez. In 2000 he sang on the soundtrack of “The Man Who Cried,” a film starring Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett.

Salvatore Licitra was born on Aug. 10, 1968, in Bern, Switzerland, to Sicilian parents. He grew up in Milan. At 18 he was working as a graphic artist for Italian Vogue when his mother, after hearing him sing along to the radio, urged him to take music lessons. He studied at the Music Academy of Parma and at the tenor Carlo Bergonzi’s voice academy in Busseto. After stints in several choirs, he began singing small operatic roles at regional houses.

As an understudy for the lead tenor role in “Un Ballo in Maschera” at the Verona Arena in 1998, he ended up replacing the star and singing the premiere. The performance was impressive enough to earn him an audition with Riccardo Muti, who was conducting a new production of “La Forza del Destino” at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan. Mr. Muti cast him, in his company debut, as Don Alvaro.

Mr. Licitra also appeared at La Scala in “Tosca,” “Un Ballo in Maschera,” “Macbeth” and “Il Trovatore,” which, in 2000, began the company’s yearlong celebration of the centennial of Verdi’s death. For the “Trovatore” performances, Mr. Muti, a strict adherent to the letter of the score, forbade him to sing the traditional unwritten high C at the end of his aria “Di quella pira,” and the conductor was roundly booed for it. (Mr. Licitra sang the note six months later in Verona, to cheers.)

Mr. Licitra made his American debut as a guest soloist at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation gala in New York in November 2001. In addition to the Met and La Scala, he sang major roles at leading opera companies including the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera in London, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper in Berlin, and the operas of Paris, Rome and San Francisco.

Survivors include his parents and a brother.

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/arts/music/salvatore-licitra-tenor-at-the-met-dies-at-43-after-crash.html

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Salvatore Licitra was born on August 10th, 1968 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvatore_Licitra

August 10th, 1968

8 + 10 +1+9+6+8 = 42 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Everybody loved Salvatore.

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