For Second Time, Salvatore Licitra to Take On Both Leads in Cav/Pag at Met Tonight

Classic Arts News   For Second Time, Salvatore Licitra to Take On Both Leads in Cav/Pag at Met Tonight
 
Salvatore Licitra made headlines over the weekend after singing, on short notice, the tenor leads in both Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci at the Metropolitan Opera on Friday night (January 26). The colleague for whom he filled in is still indisposed, so Licitra will take on the challenge for a second time in tonight's performance.

While these two works are likely the most commonly performed double-bill in the whole operatic repertoire, their starring tenor roles — Turiddu in Cavalleria and Canio in Pagliacci — are each strenuous in themselves. Singing them both in one night at a house like the Met is a big enough job that only five tenors before Licitra had done it in the company's entire history: Ermanno Mauro (1988), Plšcido Domingo (1978, telecast), Kurt Baum (1951), Frederick Jagel (1934 and 1935), and Thomas Salignac (1901).

Licitra is cast as Canio for the entire run; Frank Porretta, the scheduled Turiddu, has been ill but still hopes to make his performances on February 7 and 10.


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