The Italian Salvatore Licitra, who tragically died on September 5th 2011 after a motorbike accident, was one of the leading tenors of his generation in the highly sought-after dramatic Italian repertoire. A frequent guest at major opera and concert stages in Europe, the United States and the Far East, he was particularly devoted to Verdi repertoire.
As a tribute to this exceptionally gifted artist we are releasing a selection of his best arias and songs taken from operas from the dramatic Italian oeuvre. Operas by Giuseppi Verdi and Giacomo Puccini feature heavily in the track-listing with each disc opening with a show-stopping famous tenor aria; Nessun Dorma and Celeste Aida respectively.
The 2-CD set ends with five previously unreleased tracks - all well-loved Italian songs recorded with Marco Armiliato and The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nessun Dorma! From Turandot
Recitar - Vesti La Giubba From I Pagliacci
Mercè Diletti Amici... Come Rugiada Al Cespite - O Tu Che L'alma From Ernani
Ah! La Paterna Mano From Macbeth
Il Trovatore: Ah! Sì, Ben Mio (Manrico)
Il Trovatore: L'onda De' Suoni Mistici (Leonora, Manrico, Ruiz)
Il Trovatore: Di Quella Pira (Manrico, Leonora, Ruiz, Chorus)
E Lucevan Le Stelle From Tosca
Tosca: Oh Dolci Mani
Tosca: Senti...L'ora È Vicina
Tosca: E Non Giungono
Addio, Fiorito Asil From Madama Butterfly
Forse La Soglia Attinse From Un Ballo In Maschera
Oh! Fede Negar potessi...Quando Le Sere Al Placido From Luisa Miller
Dio, Mi Potevi Scagliar From Otello
Come Un Bel Dì Di Maggio From Andrea Chenier
Cielo E Mar From La Gioconda
Mamma, Quel Vino È Generoso From Cavalleria Rusticana
Celeste Aida From Aida
Dì Tu Se Fedele From Un Ballo In Maschera (Baccarole)
È La Solita Storia Del Pastore From L'Arlesiana
Tosca: Ah, Quegli Occhi!
Donna Non Vidi Mai From Manon Lescaut
Au Fond Du Temple Saint From Les Pêcheurs De Perles
Son Gli Occhi Tuoi
Oltre La Tempesta
Close Your Eyes (Voice)
Torna A Surriento (Voice)
La Danza (Bonus Track)
Non T'amo Più
Non Ti Scordar Di Me
O Sole Mio
29th January 2012
“The occasional slips reflect a voice which, if not always perfect in control, was always alive with emotional intensity. His final recordings, poignant in their exuberance, include "Funiculi, Funiculà" and "O sole mio".”
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