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Salvatore Licitra - The Debut


Release Date: 07/02/2002 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89923   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniGiuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salvatore LicitraMary PlazasEdgaras Montvidas
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The parade of aspirants to the title "Next Great Tenor" has, at times, seemed endless. But no one had been able to reach up and firmly grasp the brass ring, until Salvatore Licitra entered the fray armed with extraordinary natural ability and an impressive list of credentials. Trained by the venerable Carlo Bergonzi, the young singer has already established a considerable reputation through triumphs at La Scala and the Arena of Verona, and his Metropolitan Opera debut could become the stuff of legend. Called upon at the eleventh hour to fill in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti, he was whisked to New York via Concorde with barely enough time to unpack a toothbrush before he wowed audience and critics alike. But the proof is in the singing, Read more and his maiden recital disc offers that proof in abundance. Licitra, steeped in the Italian tenor tradition, wisely plays to his strengths and devotes the album solely to arias by Puccini and Verdi. He moves through these masterworks with poise and confidence, displaying a powerful vocal style and a sure sense of musicianship. It may be premature to anoint him just yet, but this auspicious debut augurs well for a bright future. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Madama Butterfly: Addio, fiorito asil by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "La vitta è inferno..." 
9.
Simon Boccanegra: Sento avvampar nell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Un ballo in maschera: Di' tu se fedele by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mary Plazas (Soprano), Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor), Mary Plazas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Fors' è la soglia attinse..." 
12.
Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio...Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mary Plazas (Soprano), Edgaras Montvidas (Tenor), Salvatore Licitra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/2002 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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