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December 5, 2014

Joseph Calleja makes role debut in Un ballo in maschera at Royal Opera House

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On December 18, Joseph Calleja is heard in his first Un ballo in maschera, presented at the Royal Opera House. Lauded for his Verdian roles, the Maltese tenor makes his debut as Riccardo, the composer’s lovestruck ruler caught in a love triangle with the wife of his best friend.

Katharina Thoma’s new production for Covent Garden places Joseph at the center of an all-star Verdian cast with Liudmyla Monastyrska as Amelia and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Renato. Daniel Oren conducts performances which take place December 18, 22, and 30 as well as January 2, 6, 13, and 17.

 

December 4, 2014

Joseph Calleja’s winter highlights include role debut in London, Christmas concert in Malta, gala in Vienna, Italian masterworks in Germany

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After an acclaimed autumn, Joseph Calleja’s winter performances begin with his role debut as Riccardo in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at the Royal Opera House. The Maltese tenor takes on the King of Sweden in London in a new production directed by Katharina Thoma and conducted by Daniel Oren. Joseph stars opposite Liudmyla Monastyrska as Amelia and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Renato. Performances run December 18 through January 17.

In between performances, Joseph returns to his home of Malta for the second annual BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation Christmas Concert, given at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in San Pawl tat-Targa on December 27. He gives an additional concert on January 28 in Vienna at the city’s Konzerthaus.

Joseph’s operatic performances continue in February with two appearances in Berlin as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Deutsche Oper February 1 & 6, and three appearances in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich on February 21, 23 & 26.

Click here for Joseph’s full schedule.

November 19, 2014

Joseph Calleja gives encore Christmas concert in Malta December 27

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After last year’s Yuletide event in Malta, Joseph Calleja will once again give a Christmas concert to raise funds for the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation. The Maltese tenor will perform at San Pawl tat-Targa’s Divine Mercy Chapel on December 27, with a reception to follow at the Villa Arrigo.

Joseph will be accompanied by a number of artists who are currently benefitting from the Foundation’s support of musically-gifted young artists. Tickets are available for a donation of €100 and can be purchased by clicking here.

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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…