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Singing in the Sling

Posted at 7:11 AM on October 27, 2006 by John Zech
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You normally associate a torn rotator cuff with athletes, not tenors. But the rising operatic star Salvatore Licitra found out at the hospital Tuesday night in New York that in addition to a bleeding leg, the pain in his shoulder was a torn rotator cuff. He tripped in the dark as he was getting out of a cab and came down pretty hard on the pavement. This tenor is a trooper however, and last night at the Met he sang the role of the cuckolded clown Canio ("Laugh, clown, laugh!") in Pagliacci.

His arm was in a sling, and they had to re-block some of the physical stuff he was originally supposed to do, but it went fine. More on what happened from the Met Opera's site.