April 10, 2015
Following performances as Edgardo in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Lucia di Lammermoor, Joseph Calleja makes his U.S. recital debut with performances in Kansas City (April 14) and Boston (April 17). The Maltese tenor is joined by pianist Kevin Miller for two evenings of song and arias, highlights of which include Tchaikovsky’s “None but the lonely heart,” “Ombra mai fu” from Handel’s Xerxes, further arias from Les contes d’Hoffmann, Macbeth, and Tosca, and Tosti’s “Ideale” and “La serenata.”
Joseph made his North American recital debut earlier this season at the Club Musical de Québec. April 14’s performance takes place at the famed Folly Theater. April 17’s recital is given as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston.
March 20, 2015
This Sunday, Joseph Calleja heads from New York to Puerto Rico for a concert at San Juan’s Teatro Bertita y Guillermo L. Martínez. Joining soprano Ailyn Pérez, the Maltese tenor headlines “Una Noche de México,” an evening of songs and duets that capture the Mexican spirit. The concert comes in between Joseph’s acclaimed performances as Edgardo in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Lucia di Lammermoor.
March 18, 2015
Joseph Calleja’s return to the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor earned a resounding ovation on Monday night, with special praise coming from the press. The New York Times credits the “invaluable” Maltese tenor for bringing “glamor and passion” to Donizetti’s moorish tragedy, writing that Joseph “sang Edgardo with plangent vigor. The characteristic sob in his throat…was both affecting and exciting.”
The Huffington Post likewise wrote that his “back-to-back arias in the final scene — ‘Tombe degli avi miei’ and ‘Fra poco a me ricovero’ were wonderfully moving and tragic.”
“He turned in a performance as Edgardo that was nothing less than first-rate,” wrote the New York Classical Review. “His dramatic commitment was absolute.”
(Photo: Cory Weaver/The Metropolitan Opera)