April 26, 2011 Message from Salvatore Licitra
I am very sorry to inform you that due to a severe back injury I am forced to cancel my concert in Baton Rouge as well as my role debut as Don Jose in Carmen at the San Diego Opera. I suffered a disk herniation which came, of course, unexpected and probably is still an aftereffect of an accident I had in 2009. At the moment I am in a lot of pain and flying is not an option. I am glad when I manage to get on a chair! The doctors ordered me to rest for at least 25 days which destroys my wish to sing in Baton Rouge and at the San Diego Opera.
I put a lot of work into preparation for the debut and am very sad and upset about not being able to perform as scheduled. However, I wish for a quick recovery and hope to see you all when I am back on track hopefully soon.
Love, Salvatore Licitra
June 2010 - Great San Francisco Opera debut in Puccini's 'La Fanciulla del West'
"Licitra played the role of the fleeing bandit Rammerez who took the improbable name of Dick Johnson. He made an ardent lover and as a singer, he is the real deal — focused, Italianate, impassioned. His Act II love duet with Voigt drew sparks."
Cincinnati Enquirer, June 30,2010
"The winning hand went to him [Licitra] on opening night. In a suave and compelling performance, Licitra used his sumptuous timbre, liquid phrasing, and effortless vocal heft to bring the part to vital musical life."
SF Classical Voice, June 9, 2010
"Dick Johnson.....beautifully sung by Salvatore Licitra .
Johnson is easily the best thing about this very good production. Although superstar Voigt is the big draw, it is the bandit who steals the show. His big aria at the end was thrilling."
culturevulture.net, June 12, 2010
"Johnson, the stranger is sung by tenor Salvatore Licitra. Licitra is a true Italian tenor, cut from the same cloth of Italian singing as many of the worldï¿½s most famous tenors. This reviewer found his voice to be exciting and rich throughout most of his range."
StarkSilverCreek.com, June 14, 2010