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Monday, August 23, 2010

Salvatore Licitra in Toronto for Bel Canto Foundation Gala



Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra, one of the world’s most sought-after tenors, makes his long-awaited return to Toronto at a black-tie gala for the Bel Canto Foundation on September 29.

The Bel Canto Foundation 2010 Gala presents tenor Salvatore Licitra with Maestro Kerry Stratton and the Toronto Concert Orchestra in the orchestra’s debut, Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at Le Parc Conference & Banquet Centre, 8432 Leslie Street (at Hwy. 7), Thornhill ON. The reception, at 6:30, is followed by a four-course dinner with wine at 7:30, and the performance at 8 p.m.

More information is available at or by phoning 647-454-7664.

Individual tickets are $250, and include a tax receipt for the allowable portion. Tables can be purchased at $2,500 up to $15,000.

Hosted by Sam Ciccolini, a past Gala honoree, the Gala also features performances by the Aradia Ensemble and by some of Canada’s finest young up-and-coming opera singers, who have just returned from training and coaching from international specialists in many aspects of Italian opera, in the medieval town of Sulmona, in Italy’s Abruzzo region.

Gerald Heffernan, OC and Geraldine Heffernan will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the operatic arts.

The Bel Canto Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to increasing the public’s appreciation of Italian opera, and to supporting young operatic talent in their pursuit of Italian opera studies.

The young singers performing at the Gala were aided by funds raised by the Bel Canto Foundation in support of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (C.O.S.I.), a music performance and education program of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Established in 2007, C.O.S.I. provides Canada’s finest young operatic performers with an advanced and comprehensive program of professional training in Italian opera, language and culture.

RBC is marquee sponsor for the Gala. Ventresca Travel Agency and St. Joseph Print are also sponsors.


Since his stunning replacement for Luciano Pavarotti at the Metropolitan Opera in 2002, Salvatore Licitra has gone on to become one of the world’s most sought-after Italian tenors, with performances at the leading opera houses worldwide. He recently sang Calaf in a new production of Puccini’s Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at the famous Arena di Verona. He is currently in Washington rehearsing for Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera and is taking time out to fly to Buenos Aires for Verdi’s Aida on tour with the Teatro alla Scala under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. This coming season he will sing his first Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at the San Diego Opera.

Licitra performed in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in the early part of this decade.

More information on Kerry Stratton is available at

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