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January 28, 2015

Joseph Calleja returns to Deutsche Oper Berlin’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor

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On February 1 and 6, Joseph Calleja returns to the stage of the Deutsche Oper Berlin for two performances as Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. The Maltese tenor, who has previously appeared in Filippo Sanjust’s production, stars opposite Pretty Yende in the title role and Simone Piazzola as Enrico. Ivan Repusic conducts.

Praised by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for an interpretation of Edgardo in which “every melisma is a declaration of love and every chest tone conjures up the inevitability of impending tragedy,” Joseph also sings Edgardo later this season at the Metropolitan Opera.

January 23, 2015

Great Voices im Wiener Konzerthaus

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Next week, Joseph Calleja continues his concert tour of Europe’s musical capitals with a gala performance at the Wiener Konzerthaus. The Maltese tenor joins Frédéric Chaslin leading the State Philharmonic Brno for an evening of arias and song on January 28. Click here for tickets.

January 20, 2015

Joseph guests on Dinner Party Download

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In honor of the Oscars, Joseph Calleja — who is featured in James Gray’s film The Immigrant — joins NPR’s Dinner Party Download to name his favorite operatic moments in film. Click here to discover his picks.

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January 10th, 2015

2014 and the New Year

2014 went by like a breeze. It was not always easy, especially with the challenge of finishing my new home whilst juggling a very heavy schedule. However, all’s well that ends well and in 2015 I look forward to reverting my full focus on this beautiful profession and vocation whilst enjoying the company of my loved ones especially my children. The latter turning fast into healthy and considerate young adults.

2015 couldn’t have started in a worse way. The atrocious, barbaric and senseless killing in Paris shocked the world. Watching a police officer being  shot in the head, at point blank range, in day light Paris was as horrific as it was surreal. I certainly hope that the general and unanimous outcry will gain even more momentum so that our leaders will take the necessary steps to protect our European values without compromise. Make no mistake – these fanatics won’t stop at anything; bombing and shooting at places of entertainment, including Opera houses and Concert Halls, will be next…

Fanatics and extremists of whatever religion or denomination have to be hunted down, prosecuted and incarcerated or deported. If the laws have to be changed to make this process easier and more effective then so be it.

 

Remember that evil only triumphs when the good do nothing. And talking about good here is an exemplary Muslim taking the correct stand –

 

www.edition.cnn.com/2015/01/09/world/muslims-react-charlie-hebdo-irpt/