May 24, 2013
According to the Hollywood Reporter, tenor Joseph Calleja ”magnificently impersonates” Enrico Caruso in director James Gray’s new film, The Immigrant, which premiered at France’s Cannes Film Festival earlier this week. Slated to open in theaters this fall, the movie follows the travails of a young Polish woman, Ewa Cybulski (played by Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard), as she tries to get a foothold in 1920s New York. The “rich, beautifully rendered film” (Variety) also stars Joaquin Phoenix as Bruno Weiss, an immigration worker and club owner, who introduces Ewa to the New World, and Jeremy Renner as Bruno’s rival, Orlando the Magician. Audiences can catch Joseph in the film when he brings the legendary Italian tenor to life in a scene on Ellis Island. To see photos and learn more about The Immigrant, visit imdb.com.
April 19, 2013
After a highly acclaimed performance at the Last Night of the 2012 BBC Proms, Joseph Calleja returns to the beloved summer festival on September 5 for an evening of music celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday. The program features several of Verdi’s most cherished works from such iconic operas as La traviata, La forza del destino, and Aida. Led by conductor Xian Zhang, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi joins Joseph for the bicentennial celebration.
Two days later on September 7, Joseph marks the Last Night of the 2013 BBC Proms with British pop star Bryan Ferry in an open-air concert at Hyde Park. For this Proms in the Park event, Joseph joins the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe with special guests violinist Nigel Kennedy, Sir Terry Wogan, and Dame Edna Everage, who will be leading the traditional sing-a-long.
These performances mark the fourth year in a row that the Maltese tenor has performed at the Proms. Last year, Joseph closed out the Proms with violinist Nicola Benedetti. In 2011, Joseph appeared as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, and in 2010 he sang the role of Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra.
April 17, 2013
Tonight Joseph gives his second of two performances as Gabriel Adorno in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra in concert at the Vienna Concert House. The concerts mark the celebration of the composer’s bicentennial. In its review of his performance, the Kurier exclaimed, “What a voice, what poetry, what melodiousness, what radiance!” while Die Presse stated, “There are not many tenors who can sing the role of Adorno as unpretentiously, tastefully, and free of bad habits as Joseph Calleja.” Led by Massimo Zanetti, the all-star cast includes baritone Thomas Hampson as the title character and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Albiani. The concerts will be recorded for international release this fall, when Calleja and Hampson reprise their roles in Simon Boccanegra at the Vienna State Opera.