The private side of Salvatore Licitra

The private side of Salvatore Licitra


norman lebrecht

September 08, 2011

Andrew Balio has sent me pictures from the time he spent with Licitra as assistant conductor to Fabio Mastrangelo during a 2009 production of Aida in Taormina.

Andrew, who is principal trumpet at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, describes Salvatore as ‘a great guy to be around, hilarious….more of a brass player personality. Just really down to earth and funny. ‘

The unnamed girlfriend is the one who rode pillion with Salvatore the night he crashed his Vespa. She wore a helmet and came off unharmed.



  • Anne S says:

    It should be mentioned that Mr Licitra seems to have suffered from a brain hemorrhage that preceded and probably led to the accident. His head injury probably compounded an exisitng severe problem. Thus the severity of his injury while his companion was unscathed. I heard him in Tosca at the met 2 years ago I think. Great charisma.

  • what a great lost to my world opera.i shall miss that great voice untill the day i go to GOD it is my pray that he will drop my tears at GOD;S feet.(fredderic crawford) sanfrancisco calif.