Disaster at La Scala: A tenor is killed in road crash

The home of Italian opera is in mourning for the tenor Giuseppe Bellanca, a chorus member and frequent soloist who was killed on Thursday when his Honda Hornet motorbike collided with a truck in the Piazza Ovidio.

Giuseppe, who was 48, died on the spot. Police say the truck driver did not respect a Give Way sign.

Palermo born, Giuseppe graduated from his hometown opera house to La Scala on winning a competition in 2004.

He sang solo roles with Gatti, Maazel and Barenboim, among others.

Maestro del Coro Bruno Casoni called him ‘a sensitive and passionate artist, animated by inexhaustible love for music, dedication to his work and an extraordinary vitality’.

A minute’s silence will be observed at La Scala before tonight’s performance.


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  • That is terrible news. And let us not forget that tenor Salvatore Licitra died in 2011 at age 43 in a motorbike accident. Drive safely out there, everyone.

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