Reports are coming in from Italy that Salvatore Licitra is in critical condition in hospital after a road accident.
Licitra, 43, a favourite at the Met since he stood in for a sick Pavarotti in 2002, is in hospital in Catania after a smash-up on his Vespa. He suffered cranial injuries and underwent emergency surgery. ANSA reports that the accident happened at 2230 Saturday night. Licitra’s Chinese girlfriend (unnamed) escaped with light bruises.
Say a prayer for his recovery.
Here’s La Reppublica‘s report.
LATEST: A statement has just appeared on Licitra’s website:
Dear friends of Salvatore Licitra,
Here is to inform that Salvatore Licitra suffered a severe traffic accident late Saturday night, August 27, in Modica (Ragusa, Sicily). He was brought to Garibaldi di Catania hospital where he is treated for his serious injuries.