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Salvatore Licitra, RIP


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#1 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:47 AM

according to a report in the ny times and to his own website, tenor salvatore licitra was seriously injured in a road accident in sicily on saturday night
and was taken to a hospital in catania, where he had surgery and is being treated.

#2 dirac

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 08:56 AM

Thank you for posting the news, Mme Hermine. I hope his recovery is a smooth and rapid one.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 12:05 PM

Thank you for posting the news, Mme Hermine. I hope his recovery is a smooth and rapid one.


During one of my last visits with my mother, who was having many problems (mental, emotional, physical), I decided to take her to the Washington Opera--it was Tosca with Licitra. He was terrific and she had a wonderful time and especially enjoyed his singing; the whole afternoon put her in a (rare) good mood. This was not too long before her death. (And thank goodness for Kennedy Center's convenient set-up for someone who could walk a bit but still greatly benefited from having a wheelchair to use at the theater.)

Anyway, I know Licitra's career has had ups and downs, but I just love him because of that performance. Wishing him the very best.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 04:33 PM

That's a nice story, Drew, thank you for sharing it. Yes, it's been an up and down career, and this definitely looks like a down - according to this report, Licitra is in a coma.

#5 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 12:01 PM

His website now gives an update dated today saying that he remains in the hospital after his surgery, that the operation was successful, that he is in a coma, but that he is in stable condition.

They quote the hospital as saying there were no changes in his condition today. However they also quote his doctor, dott. Sergio Pintaudi, as previously stating that the singer may have had a bleeding inside the brain (cerebral hemorrhage?) immediately before the accident, which could have caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 03:23 PM

His website now gives an update dated today saying that he remains in the hospital after his surgery, that the operation was successful, that he is in a coma, but that he is in stable condition.

They quote the hospital as saying there were no changes in his condition today. However they also quote his doctor, dott. Sergio Pintaudi, as previously stating that the singer may have had a bleeding inside the brain (cerebral hemorrhage?) immediately before the accident, which could have caused him to lose control of the vehicle.


Thank you for the update...(I had only thought to check his website earlier today before this was reported.)

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 05:00 PM

It sounds grim, and grimmer still if a stroke caused the accident. Apparently there was serious damage in both head and chest.

#8 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 03:09 AM

It sounds grim, and grimmer still if a stroke caused the accident. Apparently there was serious damage in both head and chest.


A link to an Italian news report from the 29th, in Italian.



This report in Italian, dated as updated today, states in addition that he is on mechanical ventilation.

http://www.cronacali...-incidente.html

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 12:06 PM

It is reported that Salvatore Licitra has passed away.

http://www.nytimes.c...h.html?_r=1

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.


A report in Italian:

http://www.cronacali...-incidente.html

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 12:25 PM

A very gentle performance:



Rest in peace, Mr. Licitra.

#11 Kathleen O'Connell

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 06:29 PM

Oh how sad! I only heard Licitra sing at the Met once, alas, but I still remember how his voice rang out in that big old barn. Shortly after his Met triumph subbing for Pavarotti, my husband and I went to Cafe des Artistes for lunch on a whim, and there he was at the next table being wined and dined by a couple of fervent impresarios hell-bent on roping into some project or other. As theater, it was as impressive as what took place on stage at the Met.

Rest in peace ...

#12 Drew

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 10:12 PM

Very sad news...

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:21 AM

oh, darn! I was so hoping he would pull through!

This is sad.

Thanks all, for reporting on this.

-d-


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