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October 3, 2015

Macbeth, starring Joseph Calleja, available on DVD and Blu-ray from Deutsche Grammophon this month


On October 30, Deutsche Grammophon releases the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD transmission of Macbeth, starring Joseph Calleja as Macduff, on DVD and Blu-ray. The Maltese tenor was hailed as “luxuriously cast” as the hero in Verdi’s Shakespearean drama by the Financial Times, which added: “The timbre of Joseph Calleja’s plangent tenor is highly distinctive yet underscores the depths of Macduff’s despair in lamenting the loss of wife and children to Macbeth’s despotic reign.” Additionally, the New York Times dubbed Joseph in “ardent, excellent voice.”

In an all-star cast, Joseph stars opposite Zeljko Lucic in the title role, Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth, and René Pape (his current Mefistofele costar in Munich) as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Click here to preorder Macbeth.

October 1, 2015

Role debut as Boito’s Faust in new Mefistofele at Bayerische Staatsoper


This month, Joseph Calleja makes his role debut as Boito’s Faust in a new production of Mefistofele for the Bayerische Staatsoper. No stranger to the Goethe-based tale of a man who makes a deal with the devil thanks to his account of Gounod’s Faust, the Maltese tenor now turns to Boito’s work, staged by Roland Schwab and conducted by Omer Meir Wellber.

Joseph stars opposite Kristine Opolais as Margherita and René Pape in the title role. Andrea Borghini sings the role of Wagner.

Mefistofele opens October 24 and continues in Munich through November 15, with November 15’s performance scheduled for webcast on Staatsoper.TV. Joseph returns to the role in 2016 for two further encore performances July 21 and 24.

September 17, 2015

Returning to Bayerische Staatsoper, Joseph Calleja stars in Madama Butterfly and Mefistofele


This week, Joseph Calleja returns to his acclaimed role of B.F. Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in three performances at the Bayerische Staatsoper (September 19, 22, and 27). The Maltese tenor stars opposite soprano Hui He in the title role, with Okka von Damerau singing Suzuki and Levente Molnár as Sharpless. Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the performances of Wolf Busse’s production.

Joseph is also heard in Munich this fall in a new production of Mefistofele. Making his role debut as Boito’s Faust, he opens the production opposite René Pape in the title role in October.

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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!