The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Opera star tenor Salvatore Licitra is dead at 43. James Levine is ill again and has withdrawn from the Metropolitan Opera’s fall season. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will receive Kennedy Center honors. Conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

September 10, 2011
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By Jacob Stockinger

It has been a while since I offered some news clips, largely because other live concerts and local news and concerts preempted the other things.

But some important things have happened, especially in the world of opera.

Here are a few:

ITEM: Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra (below) – once hailed as “The Next Pavarotti” who filled in for an ailing Pavarotti at the Met – has died in a traffic accident at 43:

ITEM: Famed opera conductor James Levine (below) has continued his run of ill health – he was sidelined from the Metropolitan Opera this past spring and then resigned from the Boston Symphony Orchestra — and has now withdrawn from the Metropolitan Opera’s fall season. But he still plans to complete the Met’s new Ring cycle in next spring:

ITEM: Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by the government of Argentina, his homeland as a boy, for his work with Israeli and Palestinian young musicians and for working to bring peace to the Mideast:

ITEM: Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma (below) will receive a Kennedy Center Honor in December:

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