Italian Tenor Salvatore Licitra dies aged 43

The operatic world has lost one of its finest tenors, Salvatore Licitra, who died on Monday in Sicily, nine days after being severely injured in a motor-scooter accident. He was 43.

Salvatore Licitra

Licitra was born in 1968, in Switzerland, and was raised in Milan by Sicilian parents. At 18 he was working as a graphic artist for Italian Vogue when his mother, after hearing him sing along to the radio, persuaded him to take music lessons at the Music Academy of Parma. Licitra made his debut in the New York Metropolitan Opera in May 2002, deputising for Luciano Pavarotti in two performances of Puccini’s Tosca.

Salvatore’s career went from strength to strength, performing in the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala, singing major roles with leading opera companies including the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the operas of Paris, Rome and San Francisco.

Salvatore Licitra

Salvatore Licitra Tenor Salvatore Licitra

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