Remembering Salvatore Licitra, today, on the second anniversary of his death.
Sep. 5, 2012 The anniversary of Salvatore's death
Dear friends and fans of Salvatore Licitra,
Unbelievable but true, it has been a year today that Salvatore passed away. A lot was written about him over the last twelve months, sympathy and admiration was expressed. The Vienna State Opera’s production of Verdi’s La forza del destino was released on DVD, he received awards and scholarships will be given in his name. Many hearts will be filled today with great memories of the wonderful tenor Salvatore Licitra.
La forza del destino on DVD
The Vienna State Opera production of Verdi's La forza del destino by David Pountney was released on DVD and Blueray.
Salvatore Licitra as Don Alvaro stars aside the Don Carlo of Carlos Alvarez, the Leonora of Nina Stemme and under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
Salvatore Licitra 2-CD Set Issued by Sony In Memoriam
To honor Salvatore Licitra, Sony Classical released a two-CD set of arias from solo and complete opera catalog of the tenor who passed away September 5, 2011. For complete track listing see 'Discography' section.
Release dates: November 25, 2011 (Germany), November 29, 2011 (USA), December 5, 2011 (UK)
Salvatore Licitra’s entire family would like to thank everyone for their honest sympathy and the condolences expressed from all continents via this website. The warm and heartfelt support is comforting in this unbelievably hard time of loss and grief. It is great to hear how much joy Salvatore brought to so many people all over the world. It would be wonderful if you all remembered him as the exceptional singer and affectionate, humorous and generous person he was.
Salvatore Licitra in Turandot NEW RELEASE
BelAir Classiques has released the spectecular Zefferelli production of Puccini's Turandot from the Arena di Verona 2010 on BlueRay.
Salvatore Licitra stars as Calaf aside Maria Guleghina as Turandot under baton of Giuliano Carella
(release date September 2011).
The funeral of Salvatore Licitra was on Friday, September 9, 2011 at the church Parrocchiale Santo Stefano in Vedano al Lambro near Monza, Italy.
He was laid to rest at the local cemetery:
20057 Vedano al Lambro, Italy
Salvatore Licitra, an homage
September 5, 2011 - Salvatore Licitra has died
Dear friends of Salvatore Licitra,
Here is to announce with great sadness that the wonderful Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra, 43, died today, September 5, 2011 of his severe injuries at Garibaldi Hospital in Catania, Italy.
He suffered head and chest injuries during an accident while riding a scooter on August 27, 2011 in the city of Modica near Ragusa. He was flown to the hospital in Catania where he had surgery. He was in a coma from the time the accident happened. He passed away this morning leaving behind his beloved parents, his brother and many other family members.
The hospital will hold a press conference on September 6, 2011 at 10:30 am at the Sala Dusmet at the hospital.
Salvatore Licitra was one of the leading tenors in the dramatic Italian repertoire where he showed his 'worthiness of the great Italian tradition' (The New York Times). A frequent guest at major opera and concert stages in Europe, the United States and the Far East, his repertory included Verdi’s Aida, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Forza del destino, Ernani, Macbeth, Don Carlos andIl Trovatore as well as Puccini’s Turandot, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La fanciulla del West andIl Tabarro, Bellini’sNorma, Cilea’s AdrianaLecouvreur, Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, Leoncavallo's IPagliacci and Mascagni’sCavalleria Rusticana.
Salvatore Licitra was born in Bern, Switzerland, to Italian parents and studied in Parma where in 1998 he made his debut at the Teatro Regio inUn Ballo in Maschera. He garnered international attention later that year when he unexpectedly inaugurated the 1998 Arena di Verona, again in Ballo. The following year Maestro Riccardo Muti brought him to La Scala for a new production of La Forza del Destino. In May 2002 Mr. Licitra had his international break through when he stepped in on short notice for Luciano Pavarotti at the Metropolitan Opera in Tosca and had an overwhelming success.
His engagements have taken him to the Vienna State Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, Arena di Verona, London’s Royal Opera, Paris Opera Bastille, Tokyo, Taiwan, China, the opera companies of Rome, Naples, Florence, Parma, Palermo, Oslo, Lisbon as well as to the New York Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, San Francisco and Los Angeles Opera.
August 31, 2011 - Update on Salvatore Licitra's medical condition
Salvatore Licitra remains in Garibaldi Hospital in Catania, Italy, after his accident in traffic riding a scooter on August 27, 2011. Due to his severe head injuries surgery was necessary. The operation was successful. He is in a coma, however, in stable condition.
As the hospital declared for today, no changes were reported regarding the health situation of Salvatore Licitra. In consideration of the symptoms the actual condition remains stable and unchanged (bulletin of the hospital on August 31, 2011 at 11:30 am).
His doctor, dott. Sergio Pintaudi, previously indicated that Salvatore Licitra may have had a bleeding inside the brain, cerebral hemorrhage, immediately before the accident. This could have caused him to loose control of the vehicle.
The website will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.
August 27, 2011 - Salvatore Licitra suffers severe traffic accident
Dear friends of Salvatore Licitra,
Here is to inform that Salvatore Licitra suffered a severe traffic accident late Saturday night, August 27, 2011 in Modica (Ragusa, Sicily). He was brought to Garibaldi di Catania hospital where he had surgery and is treated for his serious injuries.
Premio Ragusani nel Mondo
On September 3, 2011 Salvatore Licitra will be awarded Premio Ragusani nel Mondo. The Award ceremony will be held at the Piazza Liberta in Ragusa, Italy. The Award is given to people from the region for their merits in the field they are working in. Licitra’s family originates from the region of Acate around 30 km northwest of Ragusa, Sicily.
The ceremony will be broadcast live over the internet at
"[...] the hero's impassioned cries of "Vittoria!" rang with clarion focus, while his bel canto phrasing in "E lucevan le stelle," as Mario recalled Tosca's embrace, did the job nicely. This marked the Italian tenor's Ravinia debut."
Chicago Tribune, August 1, 2011
"Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra has been well received at the Met and elsewhere for his idiomatic, dulcet-toned Cavaradossi. [...] his warm and ardent portrayal earned hearty and well-deserved kudos from his grateful admirers." The Classical Review, July 31, 2011
(photo: Partick Gipson/Ravinia Festival)
new photos by Nikolaus Karlinsky
The new photos have arrived!
See more under 'Publicity' in the 'Gallery' section.
Tosca at the Met; review on May 1, 2011
The New York Epoch Times wrote about the Tosca performance at the Met featuring Salvatore Licitra, Violetta Urmana and Bryn Terfel:
[..] "Licitra sang with tonal beauty and an Italianate sound, winning accolades for his renditions of “Recondita armonia” in the first act and “E lucevan le stelle” in the third." [..] TheEpochTimes, May 1, 2011
Japan is in my heart - video message
Salvatore Licitra recorded a brief video message for a Japanese internet blog to let people in Japan know that he and his colleagues in the music world are thinking of them in these unbelievable days of pain and devastation following the earthquakes, the tsunami and the nuclear catastrophe. He especially would like to encourage music students to keep going with their studies as "music is a language that talks to the heart of everybody in the world"! He will sing Ernani in Tokyo in September 2011. To see the video message please visit either the video section here or go to http://ameblo.jp/jmarp/entry-10865991810.html
National Anthem for the President
On March 27, 2011 Salvatore Licitra sang the Italian National Anthem in presents of the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at a celebration in New York honoring the 150th anniversary of Italy's Unification.
March 25, 2011 Tosca at the Met
Salvatore Licitra returned to the Met as Cavaradossi in Tosca. The very role in which he celebrated his international break through at the Metropolitan Opera when he replaced Luciano Pavarotti in his meant-to-be farewell performance in 2002. Thousands of spectators followed the performance on a big screen on Lincoln Plaza and gave the debutant an enthusiastic standing ovation.
January 16, 2011, new production of Cavalleria Rusticana at La Scala
On January 16, 2011 Salvatore Licitra will star on opening night in a new production of Cavalleria Rusticana at Teatro alla Scala. Further performances on January 18 and 20, 2011
December 28, 2010 concert in Moscow
Salvatore Licitra gave a concert of Italian arias at Moscow's House of Music.
"La fanciulla del West" at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo
Another great success for Salvatore Licitra in Puccini's La fanciulla del West
Il Sole wrote on December 12, 2010:
"Bene lo riporta la voce tenorile scura, nel registro cantabile perfetta, di splendido legato, di Salvatore Licitra."
"La fanciulla del West" at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo
On December 10, 12, 15, 18, 2010 Salvatore Licitra will give his Italian role debut as Dick Johnson in Puccini's La fanciulla del West at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. This co-production with the San Francisco Opera was premiered on the West Coast in June 2010 already with Salvatore Licitra as the lead tenor.
The SF Classical Voice wrote on June 9, 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."
La Forza del Destino at the Maggio Musicale in Florence
On November 23-26-28, 2010 Salvatore Licitra will sing the role of Don Alvaro in Verdi's 'La Forza del Destino' at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta.
Licitra made more fans with 'Un Ballo in Maschera' in Washington
"[...] L'ultima opera che ho visto e' stato un mese fa. C'era "Un Ballo in Maschera" con Salvatore Licitra che a me gia' piaceva molto - l'avevo visto a Verona in un magnifico Manrico per "il Trovatore" dove ci ha dato il bis per "Di guella pira". Effettivamente Salvatore Licitra e' bravo, molto bravo. Ha la voce ha la presenza, sa recitare. ...[...]"
www.sevedb.com, Oct. 2010
October 9, 2010 Concert in Taipei, Taiwan
Great success for Salvatore Licitra in a concert with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall. He sang selected arias from Verdi, Giordano, Mascagni, Puccini and Leoncavallo.
September 5, 2010 Tribune Magazine about Calaf in Verona
The Tribune Magazine wrote about Calaf in Turandot at the Arena di Verona:
"Salvatore Licitra as Calaf was truly impressive. His rendition of “Nessun Dorma” entranced the whole audience, with his accomplished tenor filling the vast space.[...] the audience’s rapturous applause and raucous clamour for an encore is rapidly rewarded. A second, faultless rendition of the complete aria was delivered by Salvatore Licitra."
Tribune Magazine, September 5, 2010
August 31, 2010 Great success in Aida in Buenos Aires
After his tremendous success as Radames in Verdi's Aida with Maestro Barenboim at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, La Nacion wrote:
"Salvatore Licitra, possibly the best Italian tenor today, was marvelous with his heroism and the brilliance of his singing." ("Salvatore Licitra, posiblemente el mejor tenor italiano de la actualidad, maravillo con su heroismo y las sutilezas de su canto.")
La Nacion, August 31, 2010