September 19, 2016
Following his opening of the company’s 2016-17 season earlier this month, Joseph Calleja now opens the Royal Opera House’s Live Cinema Season on Monday, September 26. The ROH broadcasts the Maltese tenor’s role debut as Pollione in Norma in a new production by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus.
Joseph stars opposite Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, with Sonia Ganassi as Adalgisa and Brindley Sherratt as Oroveso. Antonio Pappano conducts.
“Calleja is in splendidly ringing voice,” wrote The Times of Joseph’s performance as the Roman proconsul. “His timelessly beautiful voice has never sounded better,” added The i Paper.
September 13, 2016
Joseph Calleja “a throwback to the age of Björling, Gigli, and Tagliavini” in role debut as Pollione
Following last night’s opening of the Royal Opera House’s 2016-17 season in his role debut as Pollione in Bellini’s Norma, Joseph Calleja has earned acclaim from audiences and critics alike. “[His] warm vibrato and liquid golden tone is a throwback to the age of Björling, Gigli and Tagliavini,” wrote Bachtrack, which went on to note that the Maltese tenor’s performance “almost made Pollione sympathetic, despite being the love-rat in the nest.”
“Calleja is in splendidly ringing voice,” added The Times, while The i Paper noted “his timelessly beautiful voice has never sounded better.”
“Joseph Calleja was back in cracking form as Pollione, a viciously uningratiating role of which he never made heavy weather,” wrote The Telegraph. “I’ve seldom heard ‘Meco all’altar di venere’ so confidently dispatched.”
“Joseph Calleja makes a strong and clear Pollione, at his best when he sings with the light and shade of which he is capable,” added the Financial Times.
The Guardian concluded that Joseph, “handsome-sounding, is naturally more at home in this music, his voice ringing easily through his arias, his characterisation growing in depth as the performance progresses.”
(Photo: Bill Cooper/Royal Opera House)
August 25, 2016
Joseph Calleja kicks off his 2016-17 season with a new role in a new production at the Royal Opera House. Singing Pollione in Bellini’s Norma for the first time, the Maltese tenor stars in a production helmed by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus. The new take on this bel canto classic will also launch the Royal Opera House’s season.
Joseph stars opposite Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, with Sonia Ganassi rounding out the love triangle as Adalgisa. Antonio Pappano conducts the performances, which take place September 12, 16 ,20, 23, 26, and October 1, 4, and 8.