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英年早逝的Salvatore Licitra

By admin, September 7, 2011 13:10







The Telegraph – 6:20PM BST 06 Sep 2011

Salvatore Licitra, the opera singer, who died on Monday aged 43, was a contender for the title of the world’s next great tenor and had already been acclaimed the “new Pavarotti” on account of his ringing high notes, strong lower register, and considerable stamina.

He was catapulted to fame in dramatic fashion, stepping in at the last moment for Pavarotti in a gala performance of Puccini’s Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on the evening of May 11 2002.

Salvatore Licitra Only 55 hours earlier, on Thursday May 9, Licitra had been relaxing at his family’s apartment in Milan. Then his manager in New York, JF Mastroianni, called. “He asked me if I feel good,” Licitra said later. “I responded that I was rested and asked him why. He said maybe there is some job for me. I asked him what type of work. He said: ‘I’ll let you know.’”

Within the hour Mastroianni called back, uttering the decisive words: “Are you ready for a trip? There is some problem with Luciano.”

After Mastroianni’s call, Licitra was unable to sleep, watching television until 3.30am. He then caught a flight to London and Concorde to New York. Arriving at 9am on Friday morning, he reached the Met two hours later and spent another 12 hours going over a videotape of the production and attending piano rehearsals.

Pavarotti only added to the tension. His scheduled appearance was regarded by many as the likely finale to the superstar’s 41-year career in staged opera, and he dithered all day over whether to let his fans down or risk making a strained and under par appearance. Licitra knew only at about 7pm — an hour before curtain — that he would be going on stage. He finally met the conductor, James Levine, when the maestro dropped in to his dressing room 15 minutes later.
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Licitra put any nerves behind him. He earned lengthy ovations for his two big arias and, at the end of the opera, received a three-minute standing ovation from the audience of 4,000, each of whom had paid as much as $1,800 for their non-refundable tickets to hear Pavarotti. The critics agreed that a star had been born.

Salvatore Licitra was born on August 10 1968 at Berne, Switzerland, to Sicilian parents, and returned to Italy as a teenager to open a graphics shop with his brother. He started singing at 18, mimicking great Italian tenors such as Caruso and Gigli. He worked as a graphic artist on layouts for Italian Vogue, and studied at Carlo Bergonzi’s vocal academy until 1998, when he ran out of money.

Although scheduled to sing as an understudy at the Verona festival that summer, he so impressed the conductor Daniel Oren that he made his debut on the opening night as Riccardo in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera.

Licitra was considered a genuine tenore spinto, with a voice finely balanced between the lyrical and the dramatic but with sufficient heft to play the heroes of the Italian core repertoire of Verdi and Puccini.

In Italy the frenzied search for the “Fourth Tenor”, or at least an heir to Pavarotti and his ageing Spanish contemporaries Placido Domingo and José Carreras, is likened to a papal succession. The difference is that the singing contest is carried out in full view of the faithful.

Licitra’s talent, and the drama of his substitution for Pavarotti, meant his name was added to the list of candidates for this vacancy.

After his triumph at the New York Met, he appeared on opera stages and concert platforms around the world. Under the baton of Ricardo Muti he sang at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and regularly appeared at La Scala and other venues in Europe, the United States and the Far East.

Offstage, Licitra was quick-witted, sunny and informal. He dispensed with the usual starry entourage, preferring the company of his parents, his brother and his fiancée.

Salvatore Licitra had spent nine days in a coma after crashing his scooter. His fiancée, who was riding pillion, was unhurt, but he never regained consciousness.

人的出生不是平等的,人的死亡是平等的 (轉文)

By admin, July 26, 2011 14:20







Ancient Aliens & Life Did Not Evolve First on Earth

By admin, July 24, 2011 10:55

I watached an interesting series of Ancient Aliens by Discovery Channel.

One of the episode I watched (forgot the link) is about Nazi and its advanced weapon, most of those top German scientist were captured after WWII and sent to America, the German guy who invented V-Rocket/Missile said their technology was actually from them (them being refer to aliens).

The more I knew, the more I tend to believe many religion gods or upper rulers in the past may be aliens. 

The universe is is TOOO huge, combines billions of stars in our Galaxy and there are billions of Galaxies out there!

So it would be crazy to say there is no other life being in the universe besides us.

“I’ll tell you one thing about the universe, though. The universe is a pretty big place. It’s bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it’s just us… seems like an awful waste of space. Right?” from the Movie Contact.

One particular thing is Sir Frances Crick discovered the DNA in the 1960s and won the Nobel Prize.

Sir Francis Crick has the following theory:

“Life did not evolve first on Earth; a highly advanced civilization became threatened so they devised a way to pass on their existence. They genetically-modified their DNA and sent it out from their planet on bacteria or meteorites with the hope that it would collide with another planet. It did, and that’s why we’re here. The DNA molecule is the most efficient information storage system in the entire universe. The immensity of complex, coded and precisely sequenced information is absolutely staggering. The DNA evidence speaks of intelligent, information-bearing design.

Complex DNA coding would have been necessary for even the hypothetical first so-called’ simple cell(s). Our DNA was encoded with messages from that other civilization. They programmed the molecules so that when we reached a certain level of intelligence, we would be able to access their information, and they could therefore ­ teach” us about ourselves, and how to progress. For life to form by chance is mathematically virtually impossible.”


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By admin, June 30, 2011 22:10

我們口中所謂的Bad Luck很多時候都是自己幻想編織出來的﹐而且古人有曰“塞瓮失馬﹑焉之非福“。





Look how far we’ve come my baby
We mighta took the long way
We knew we’d get there someday

相信困難不是條末路 而是要你尋找新的開始 (轉文)

By admin, June 20, 2011 13:16

多年來一直有閱讀肥佬黎的專欄﹐這期的“因為信”講得不錯﹐的確講出了我這些年的經驗﹕山重水複疑無路,柳暗花明又一村 (宋‧陸游)

What’s going on? 到一個新地方,心裡你不期然會這樣問。不管是有意識或直覺地,人都會有好奇心,因為知覺在發生的新生事物好奇就是人生的一切。對新生事物固然好奇,對將要發生的事情同樣好奇。正在發生的事情會繼續發生下去,發生過的事情卻不能再發生。世事不會重複,正發生的事情卻永遠繼續下去。



















By admin, June 18, 2011 16:56












By admin, May 28, 2011 12:04

好好珍惜身邊的人 (轉文)

By admin, May 27, 2011 12:51

倪敏然是臺灣的明星和名人,他曾有過外遇,後來自殺了。高凌風是位名主持人,以下的話是他講的:人到 60歲,機會越來越少,要懂什麼階段做什麼事。










By admin, May 18, 2011 12:47


如果我星期五中左﹐一定開間車模Coffee Shop﹐播放些Oldies音樂﹐當然除了眾多的車模外﹐還要有我其它的興趣主題。Coffee Shop主要還是供我廣交天下朋友﹐吹水為樂。。。到時真是優哉悠哉。。。想著都笑出來﹐你看﹐這$10六合彩用得是多麼的值得。。。哈哈。。。。

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