Scott D. Paulin
July 26, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

This promising young tenor was recently rushed to New York as a replacement for Pavarotti, and his debut recital recording arrives while the ”Fourth Tenor” buzz still hovers around him. In a set of warhorse arias, Licitra reveals a powerful voice that sounds best at full throttle. His Puccini is forceful but generic; more impressive are the heroic Verdi numbers, in which he produces real vocal and dramatic thrills that bode well for a major career.

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