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July 2, 2015

Joseph Calleja continues summer concert series with gala at Chorégies d’Orange

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Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja continues his summer concert tour with a gala performance at France’s famed Chorégies d’Orange on July 7. Joined by soprano Ekaterina Siurina, Joseph offers a program of arias and duets from Adriana Lecouvreur, Rigoletto, Macbeth, L’Elisir d’Amore, L’Arlesiana, Tosca, and Roméo et Juliette. Enrique Mazzola leads from the podium.

Joseph’s next concert takes place a few days later in Hannover, Germany, and his summer schedule culminates in his much-anticipated annual evening of music in Malta.

Click here for his full schedule.

June 15, 2015

Return to La Rondine in Berlin

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On June 29 and July 3, Joseph Calleja returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin where he will star in Puccini’s La rondine. As the young lover Ruggero in Puccini’s bittersweet romance, the Maltese tenor performs opposite Dinara Alieva as Magda with Roberto Rizzi Brignoli conducting. The production is directed by Rolando Villazón.

German audiences are no stranger to Joseph’s Ruggero: The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote of a 2010 performance “Calleja sung brilliantly and impressively the part of Ruggero.” The Rhein Main added that his singing “was absolutely world class standard.”

June 12, 2015

June and July concerts in Bratislava, Paris, Amsterdam, Orange, and Hannover

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Following a triumphant return to the Royal Opera House for the company’s final performances of John Copley’s La Bohème, Joseph Calleja continues his summer schedule with a series of gala concerts in Slovakia, France, the Netherlands, and Germany. The Maltese tenor begins on June 16 at Bratislava’s Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic with conductor Rastislav Stúr. From there, he joins the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France and maestro Andrew Greenwood for a performance at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysees on June 19.

Three days later, Joseph teams up with Frédéric Chaslin and Het Gelders Orkest at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw on June 22, before returning to France with a concert at the Chorégies d’Orange on July 7 with Enrique Mazzola and soprano Ekaterina Siurina. He then heads to Hannover for an open-air concert with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, led by Keri-Lynn Wilson, at the Neuen Rathaus on July 17.

Click here for Joseph’s full schedule.

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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!