Salvatore Licitra


Salvatore Licitra

One of the leading tenors in the beautiful and dramatic Italian repertoire.

  • Born in Bern, Switzerland to Italian parents, Licitra grew up in Milan, he fell into opera by accident and began a career as a graphic artist for Italian Vogue because he did not have enough confidence in his vocal capabilities.
  • He attended singing classes on a regular basis at the age of 19 and studied at the Music Academy of Parma.
  • After enrolling with Carlo Bergonzi’s voice academy in Busseto he made his debut in 1998 in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, which led to a contract in Verona.
  • Licitra joined La Scala in 1999 and went on to sing in Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
  • Licitra shot to global fame when he stepped in on short notice for Luciano Pavarotti at the Metropolitan Opera in Puccini's Tosca, which was deemed a resounding success.
  • Licitra sadly died in 2011 but he was given a royal send off when he was laid in state in Catania’s opera house.

Did you know?
Following his success stepping in for Pavarotti in Puccini's Tosca he was dubbed “the new Pavarotti”.

"E Lucevan le Stelle" from Tosca