Tenor Salvatore Licitra Injured in Motorbike Accident in Sicily

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 04:28 PM

Salvatore Licitra, one of the leading tenors on the international opera scene, is in critical condition in a hospital near Modica, Sicily from injuries sustained in a traffic accident on a Vespa on Sunday. The 43-year-old tenor was in the region to collect a prize. The news was reported in Italian news media and confirmed on his Web site.

The accident occurred on Saturday night when the singer lost control of the scooter he was driving and slammed into a wall, according to preliminary reports. On the bike with him was his girlfriend, an unidentified 29-year-old from Shanghai.

Licitra suffered extensive trauma to the face, skull and chest, necessitating delicate surgery to reduce vast swelling. His girlfriend reported only bruises.

The couple was initially taken to a hospital in Modica, but given Licitra's serious condition, he was transferred by helicopter to Garibaldi Hospital in Catania, where he was hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery.

According to early police reports, no other vehicles were involved. Licitra was not wearing a helmet; his girlfriend was.

The Swiss-born Licitra made his debut at La Scala in 1999. He made a splash at the Metropolitan Opera by filling in for Luciano Pavarotti with just two hours notice in 2002.

With additional reporting from Fred Plotkin.

More in:

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.

Comments [4]

richard from england

my prayers go out to God and through God to him

Aug. 31 2011 05:46 PM
mirella sanseviero

Caro Salvatore
Tutti di famiglia
siamo devastati dell'accaduto
ti auguriamo pronta guarigione
conn affetto
Mirella e vincenzo

Aug. 31 2011 06:12 AM
Les Bernstein from Miami, Florida

I am wishing and praying for a full recovery for Mr. Licitra, an outstanding artist whom I always look forward to hearing whenever I see his name.

Aug. 29 2011 08:55 AM

WOW. That is terrible! Best wishes to Mr Licitra for a healthy and complete recovery.

Aug. 29 2011 12:12 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Follow WQXR 

Sponsored

About WQXR Blog

Engage and interact with the WQXR hosts online.

Feeds