While You Were Out

- Folks, we begin this morning with some very sad news. Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra died yesterday from injuries he sustained 10 days ago in a scooter accident. Salvatore was originally scheduled to sing Don Jose in our production of Carmen last season but had to withdraw to heal a back injury he had sustained from an earlier accident. He was scheduled to make his Company debut in 2013 as Radames in Aida. We have begun the sad task of searching for a replacement. You can read about Salvatore and his death here. You can also read a short statement from his brother about the family's decision to donate his organs to those in need. We only knew Salvatore through emails but his love of life and people came through even then as well as an abundant sense of generosity. Although we're sad to say goodbye, we have a bit of consolation that his organs are now giving life to those in need. He was generous to the very end. Rest in peace.

- Maestro James Levine has withdrawn from the Met's Fall Season due to an injury he sustained over the weekend. Fabio Lusti has been named the Met's Principal Conductor.

- Sound, the way your brain and ears prefer to hear it.


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