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July 27, 2015

The Malta Concert: August 3, 2015

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In one week, Joseph Calleja returns to Malta for his hotly-anticipated annual summer concert. Taking place this year on August 8 at the Luxol Grounds in Pembroke, the Maltese tenor’s traditional open-air performance is a highlight of each concert season. With the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Joseph offers a selection of favorite arias and songs, alongside this year’s special guest star Anastacia. Malta’s own Red Electric also joins the 2015 festivities.

While some sections of the concert are sold out, remaining tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Click here to watch Joseph sing “La vie en rose,” performed as part of the 2013 Malta concert.

July 15, 2015

Open-Air Gala at Neuen Rathaus

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Joseph Calleja continues his summer concert tour with an open-air performance at Hannover’s Neuen-Rathaus–adjacent Maschpark on Friday, July 17. Marking the second NDR Klassik Open Air, the Maltese Tenor joins the NDR Radio Philharmonic and conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson for a program that includes arias from Un ballo in maschera, La traviata, Il trovatore, Tosca, Carmen, and La Bohème. Click here for more information.

Joseph is next heard in concert in his homeland as part of his annual summer concert series in Malta. This year’s evening of music takes place at the Luxol in Pembroke. Click here for tickets.

July 10, 2015

Joseph reprises acclaimed performance as Pinkerton at Bayerische Staatsoper

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On July 13, Joseph Calleja returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for an encore performance of Madama Butterfly, featuring the Maltese tenor as B.F. Pinkerton. A regular presence on the Munich opera stage, Joseph has also earned further applause from audiences and critics in recent years for his account of Puccini’s caddish antihero.

Joseph reunites with Kristine Opolais in the title role with conductor Daniele Callegari leading the performance, set against the backdrop of Wolf Busse’s production. Joseph returns to the production in September for three more performances before opening Staatsoper’s new production of Boito’s Mefistofele in October.

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March 30th, 2015

Tracheitis – a singer’s worst nightmare?

It is without doubt that trauma to the vocal folds is a singer’s worst nightmare. Burst veins, nodules etc. is really bad news and can end a career if not treated with utmost care. Thankfully I never had to deal with the latter but what I had to face, very recently, was a terrible influenza which left me with tracheitis, which is a much dreaded inflammation of the wind pipe. My excellent doctor put me on antibiotics which dealt with the bacterial infection but what can one do with the irritation that the infection leaves behind in the trachea? Not much I am afraid. Steam inhalations and pulmicort (inhaled steroid)  will help control the cough but it can have the side effect of leaving you with candida (fungus) in your larynx that will also impair your singing. Loads of alcohol and caffeine free fluids is strongly recommended and cold air is a definite “no no” during recovery.  Humidifying the air where you live is also imperative especially in the bedroom.

In the end it boils down to keeping the immune system as  healthy as possible. Probiotics, good sleep and exercise will do wonders to prevent sickness or to speed up recovery if one succumbs to a bug.

Last but not least NEVER self medicate and always seek out the opinion of a trusted doctor!