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October 17, 2014

Watch Joseph on New York’s Fox 5


While in New York for Verdi’s Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera—which has its final performance tomorrow evening—Joseph Calleja stopped by the local Fox News studios for an interview with Christal Young.

Click here to watch the Maltese tenor talk about what it means to be called “the next Pavarotti,” how he first discovered opera, and his vision for the future of the art form.

October 8, 2014

2014’s Richard Tucker Gala features performance from Joseph Calleja


Following this Saturday’s HD performance of Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera, Joseph Calleja crosses Lincoln Center to celebrate the annual Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday October 12. The Maltese tenor joins what the New York Times styled “a dream team of opera singers” that also includes Ildar Abdrazakov, Anna Netrebko, Angela Meade, Stephen Costello, Isabel Leonard, and 2014 Richard Tucker Award Winner Michael Fabiano.

Emmanuel Villaume conducts the concert, which will be recorded for later broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS. Click here for ticket information.

October 7, 2014

Joseph opens Met Live in HD season this Saturday


Audiences worldwide can watch Joseph Calleja live from the Metropolitan Opera in Verdi’s Macbeth this Saturday, October 11. The simulcast, which opens the Met’s acclaimed HD season and will be shown in cinemas around the globe, features the Maltese tenor in the role of Macduff opposite Zeljko Lucic in the title role, Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth, and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.

The Met’s current revival of Adrian Noble’s production has been praised by the New York Observer as “worthy of the Met’s status as the greatest opera house in the world.” The Observer reserved special acclaim for Joseph, noting that his “throbbing performance of Macduff’s lament for his slain children was a highlight, elevating his character to a credible adversary to Macbeth.”

Click here to find a screening near you.

(Photo: Marty Sohl/The Metropolitan Opera)

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September 27th, 2014

Malta’s 50th birthday.

Unfortunately work commitments prevented me from being present for the 50th Anniversary of Malta’s independence. By all accounts the show was quite something and Prince William seemed genuinely charmed by my fellow islanders. Kudos to the government and the organizers.

I sometimes wonder how the Maltese people managed to achieve so much in relatively little time. Lets not kid ourselves – we are a very small island and  in the middle of nowhere to boot. As yet we can boast 7,000 years of history, our own unique culture, language and a populace that, throughout the ages, has  repeatedly demonstrated  that it could rise to the occasion and punch above its weight when it really matters.  And how I wish, that it “matters” more often!

I simply hate it when I see some of my fellow countrymen squabble over a few votes and losing all principles whilst rubbishing great ideas just because they come from the other side of the fence. I can’t understand why there is a certain fanatical mindset, on both sides, that thinks only one half of the population is fit to “lead” the nation and should do so indefinitely. Can it please be a battle of ideas rather than “parading” colors in peacock like fashion?  For example - individuals who are simply not fit for purpose, should be treated exactly as such and not given positions of “pseudo importance” because it was “politically convenient” at the time.

The current government won the past elections with an historic majority, the likes of which we have never seen. Such a big win means power and this power surely must be “cashed” into responsibility. This majority has to be used to tackle certain hot issues and implement changes where necessary.

It’s easy to dismiss my words as “uninformed” or “utopian” but the thing is that I have travelled the world, pretty much constantly for the past 17 years. The more I see and soak in different cultures and experiences, the more I realize how much untapped potential Malta still has. Surely the management of our environment, education, infrastructure  and culture is in need of tweaking or a complete overhaul in some cases.

The good news is that I can see it happening already. The bad news is that it might not be happening as fast as it should. I really hope that our dynamic leaders do not mess up things in the end game and may the next 50 years be a time when we Maltese understand what we were, what we are now and what we could turn into if we truly become a united nation. It matters now…