Tenor Licitra to romance local audience on Oct. 9
The China Post news staff
September 21, 2010, 8:50 pm TWN
The China Post news staff -- World-renowned Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra will take the stage at the National Concert Hall on the eve of Double-tenth Day for a single performance in Taiwan. The program will include the most beloved tenor arias from the Italian Bel Canto and Romantic operas.
Considered one of the leading tenors, Licitra started to gain international recognition by replacing Pavarotti's leading role in Puccini's opera Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in May 2002.
A sold-out crowd plus 3,000 additional fans watching a live broadcast at the Lincoln Center Plaza gave him a standing ovation. AP predicted, "For Salvatore Licitra, it's just the beginning,‥ hailing the debut as "the most triumphant in recent memory."
Since then, he has been invited to the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls around the world, including Vienna State Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, London's Royal Opera, Paris Opera Bastille, and the Summer opera festival in Verona, to name just a few.
Recent engagements are highlighted by Ernani at the Lyric Opera Chicago and Zurich Opera and his role debuts as Calaf in Turandot at the New York Metropolitan Opera.
For his fifth visit to Taiwan, on Oct. 9, 2010, Licitra will perform with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ching-Sheng Chen, featuring the arias "Come un bel di di Maggio" from Andrea Chenier, "Donna non vidi mai" from Manon Lescaut, and "Lucevan le stele" from Tosca. The concert is sponsored by PSC Cultural Foundation.