Monday, September 19, 2011

Opera Star Silvatore Licitra Dies in Scooter Accident

From The New York Times by ZACHARY WOOLFE

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. His death was reported on his Web site,

News reports said that Mr. Licitra lost control of his scooter after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on the evening of Aug. 27 near Ragusa, a town where he was to receive a prize on Sept. 3, and sustained severe head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet, Reuters said, and was riding with his girlfriend, who was unhurt in the crash.

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