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April 22, 2014

Joseph Calleja appears in concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Following an acclaimed run of Faust at the Royal Opera House, Joseph Calleja stays on in London for a concert at Royal Festival Hall on April 29. Joseph made his solo concert debut at the Hall in 2013, and has previously appeared there for 2012’s Last Night of the Proms.

Here, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Andrew Greenwood, the Maltese tenor offers some of his signature arias as featured on his studio solo recordings including Tchaikovsky’s “None but the lonely heart” and Tosti’s “Ideale” from 2013’s Amore; “E lucevan le stelle” from Tosca and “Il était une fois à la cour d’Eisenach” from Les Contes d’Hoffmann as heard on 2011’s The Maltese Tenor; and selections from both Verdi’s Rigoletto and Macbeth that were also recorded for 2004’s Tenor Arias.

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April 18, 2014

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April 16, 2014

Listen to Joseph Calleja on Spotify

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Join Joseph Calleja on Spotify, which houses his discography spanning studio albums and complete opera recordings. In honor of the Maltese tenor’s “Caruso-like” turn as Faust at the Royal Opera House, listen to his inaugural Spotify playlist, featuring beloved French works by Gounod, Bizet, and more.

Joseph's Blog

April 8th, 2014

Defending the indefensible

On the 3rd of April my daughter turned 10. Having a child is such a priceless gift and big responsibility and that is why any responsible parent should  invest all the love, time and money in the child’s formation, with the hope, that such child will grow up into a responsible and considerate individual…

A Maltese family recently had their child stripped away from them in such an unnecessary and irresponsible fashion after she associated with someone who should have been a source of guidance for their daughter and not, as it seems, the road to her absolutely tragic demise. I therefore couldn’t believe my eyes when I found myself reading actual messages of support, on the internet and in various forums,  for this teacher. A “teacher” who abused his position of trust by sleeping with his minor student, sometimes in her father’s own home,  and planned their supposedly joint “suicide” over a number of days. I have the greatest sympathy and pity for his parents, especially since they are known to be a decent lot but I find it very hard to conjure a lot of kind thoughts for him I am afraid.

What is even more unbelievable are those who are stating that this is a “rich” vrs “poor” situation or a battle of ”classes” of some sort. Are the latter going insane? Are they actually saying that the death of this 15 year old girl, a daughter, a cousin, a niece etc, is less serious or tragic because she hailed from a prominent and well off family and the perpetrator is poor so he should have our sympathy? I also read that this happened because she was “disturbed.” Even if she was, since when does this warrant or deserve a death sentence?

There is no denying that sometimes, some of us, lose the plot and the correct sense of perspective. Another example is www.timesofmalta.com,  the web portal for Malta’s most prominent and respected newspaper. It had recently  ran two stories; 1. the killing of migratory birds 2. the killing of dozens of Syrian toddlers and pre adolescent children slaughtered in the conflict. Both stories had the same, very visible, exposure on the site. As yet, the story about the bird killings had literally hundreds of comments and the one about the slaughtered children, which included pictures of the dead children, had perhaps 8 comments. Now of course I am really sorry that beautiful migratory birds where shot out of the sky but this is no way comparable to the death of innocent children who’s only crime was being born in the wrong time and country. The hundreds of comments should have been on the story about the dead Syrian children and its really sad and telling that this was not the case.

Our collective morality needs an urgent retune and to all of you out there who think your problems are insurmountable please to think again. Help is at hand and much closer than you think…