Salvatore Licitra the Tenor, the Embezzler

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A man named Salvatore Licitra was arraigned in Connecticut this week on charges of embezzling $900,000 from St. Bernard High School.

He used to manage the school's bus operations and computer repairs, and is accused of diverting school funds into his private bank account.

Opera fans may be aghast.

Salvatore Licitra is also the name of the young Italian tenor who stepped in for the great Luciano Pavarotti at the last minute in the maestro's final scheduled performance at the Metropolitan Opera in May, 2002. This Salvatore Licitra has gone on to a stellar opera career.

They are not the same men.

Salvatore Licitra, the tenor, performs next week at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.

Salvatore Licitra, the indicted bus operations manager, is scheduled to appear next week in Norwich, Connecticut Superior Court. The question is, will he sing?



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