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.