Salvatore Licitra

Biography

Born: 1968   Died: 2011   Country: Italy  
Hailed as Luciano Pavarotti's successor, the extraordinary Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra had his American debut in November 2001 when he performed at the Richard Tucker Foundation Gala. Critics were deeply impressed by Licitra's singing and praised his rich, spacious voice and flawless, reassuring technique. An even greater triumph for Licitra was his Metropolitan Opera debut in May 2002. On May 11, 2002, Licitra, whose Met debut had originally Read more been scheduled for the the 2004 - 2005 season, replaced the indisposed Pavarotti in Puccini's Tosca. Not only did Licitra charm the audience in his role as Cavaradossi, but he also elicited rave critical reviews. In general, critics noted Licitra's visceral power, further commenting on the singer's remarkable ability to tame his volcanic energy, so the speak, in moments of exquisite finesse. When Licitra was 18, his mother heard him imitate a singer on the radio. Instantly realizing her son's immense talent, she urged him to study singing. Initially, his studies were not auspicious; it was not until he started working with legendary tenor Carlo Bergonzi that Licitra made his first steps toward an operatic career. Having appeared in a number of small roles throughout Italy, he triumphed as Gustavo in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera in Verona in 1998. Encouraged, Licitra auditioned for La Scala, securing a role in Verdi's La forza del destino, and consequently sang in a number of La Scala productions worldwide. As Manrico in an Il trovatore produced in the 2000 - 2001 season, Licitra was part of La Scala's celebration of the centennial of Verdi's death. In 2000, Licitra made his first Sony Classical recording singing music by Bizet and Puccini on the soundtrack for Sally Potter's film The Man Who Cried. Read less
Puccini: Turandot / Guleghina, Licitra, Iveri, Carella
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Bel Air Classiques  
Catalog: 66   Number of Discs: 1
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Puccini: Tosca / Guleghina, Licitra, Muti
Release Date: 03/04/2002   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 89271   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi: Aida / D'Intino, Licitra, Pons
Release Date: 08/14/2007   Label: Bel Air Classiques  
Catalog: 22   Number of Discs: 1
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Puccini: Turandot / Guleghina, Licitra, Iveri, Carella [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Bel Air Classiques  
Catalog: 466   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Mehta, Stemme, Alvarez, Licitra, Vienna State Opera
Release Date: 01/31/2012   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 708108   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 1.
    Verdi: La Traviata, Aida, Macbeth [5 DVD Set]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 606 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Matthew Polenzani,  Mireille Delunsch,  Salvatore Licitra,  Luciana D'Intino  ... 
    Conductor:  Yutaka Sado,  Adám Fischer,  Teodor Currentzis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Zurich Opera Orchestra,  Paris National Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 2.
    Tutto Verdi Operas Vol 3, 1855-1893 [11-DVDs]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 726208 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Carlos Alvarez,  Nina Stemme,  Nadia Krasteva,  Alastair Miles  ... 
    Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti,  Zubin Mehta,  Riccardo Muti,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra,  Parma Teatro Regio Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Tutto Verdi Operas Vol 3, 1855-1893 [8-blu-ray Discs]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 726304 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Carlos Alvarez,  Nina Stemme,  Nadia Krasteva,  Alastair Miles  ... 
    Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti,  Zubin Mehta,  Riccardo Muti,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra,  Parma Teatro Regio Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 4.
    Tutto Verdi - The Complete Operas
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 721808 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giovanni Battista Parodi,  Mariana Pentcheva,  Fabio Sartori,  Francesca Sassu  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonello Allemandi,  Daniele Callegari,  Bruno Bartoletti,  Donato Renzetti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra,  Parma Teatro Regio Chorus,  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    Tutto Verdi - The Complete Operas [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 721904 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giovanni Battista Parodi,  Mariana Pentcheva,  Fabio Sartori,  Francesca Sassu  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonello Allemandi,  Daniele Callegari,  Bruno Bartoletti,  Donato Renzetti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra,  Parma Teatro Regio Chorus,  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Il Tenore / Salvatore Licitra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 798960 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Licitra,  Mary Plazas,  Marcelo Alvarez
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli,  Daniel May
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan  ... 
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  • 7.
    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Mehta,  Alvarez, Licitra, Vienna State Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 708204 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Carlos Alvarez,  Nina Stemme,  Nadia Krasteva,  Alastair Miles  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Mehta, Stemme, Alvarez, Licitra, Vienna State Opera
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 708108 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Elisabeta Marin,  Tiziano Bracci,  Alastair Miles,  Nadia Krasteva  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Puccini: Turandot / Guleghina, Licitra, Iveri, Carella
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Carlo Bosi,  Tamar Iveri,  Salvatore Licitra,  Maria Guleghina  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus,  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Puccini: Turandot / Guleghina, Licitra, Iveri, Carella [Blu-ray]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 466 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Maria Guleghina,  Luiz-octavio Faria,  Salvatore Licitra,  Tamar Iveri  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra,  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus
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  • 11.
    Berlin Opera Night / Nagano, Berlin Deutsche Opera
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053589 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Galouzine,  Anne Schwanewilms,  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Angelika Kirchschlager  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Italian Operas [4 DVDs]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057928 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Francesco Cilèa
    Performer:  Silvestro Sammaritano,  Salvatore Licitra,  Giovanni Battista Parodi,  Leo Nucci  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Ernst Marzendorfer,  Nello Santi,  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 13.
    Verdi: Aida / D'Intino, Licitra, Pons
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 22 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Juan Pons,  Günther Groissböck,  Matti Salminen,  Nina Stemme  ... 
    Conductor:  Adám Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Forbidden Love / Salvatore Licitra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 78852 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Arrigo Boito  ... 
    Performer:  Warren Jones,  Salvatore Licitra
    Conductor:  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
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  • 15.
    Berlin Opera Night / Banse, Bumbry, Nagano
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053588 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jules Massenet,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Castronovo,  Vladimir Galusin,  Vesselina Kasarova,  Grace Bumbry  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Duetto - Concert At The Roman Colosseum / Alvarez, Licitra, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 90416 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Salvatore Licitra,  Marcelo Alvarez
    Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
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  • 17.
    Duetto / Salvatore Licitra, Marcelo Alvarez
    Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 87957 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Sartori,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez,  Salvatore Licitra
    Conductor:  Daniel May
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kühn Chorus
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  • 18.
    Classics For A New Century
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 80019 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Sartori,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Steve Wood,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Licitra,  Marcelo [Tenor Vocals] Alvarez,  Duetto-Exe Terra,  Yo-Yo Ma  ... 
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  • 19.
    Puccini: Tosca / Guleghina, Licitra, Muti
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89271 Release Date: 03/04/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Giovanni Battista Parodi,  Ernesto Panariello,  Leo Nucci,  Alfredo Mariotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 20.
    The Man Who Cried - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61870 Release Date: 05/22/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Osvaldo Golijov,  Henry Purcell,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Rezso Seress  ... 
    Performer:  Iva Bittová,  Salvatore Licitra,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque  ... 
    Conductor:  Sian Edwards
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taraf de Haïdouks,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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