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April 10, 2015

Joseph Calleja makes U.S. recital debut with performances in Kansas City and Boston

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Following performances as Edgardo in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Lucia di Lammermoor, Joseph Calleja makes his U.S. recital debut with performances in Kansas City (April 14) and Boston (April 17). The Maltese tenor is joined by pianist Kevin Miller for two evenings of song and arias, highlights of which include Tchaikovsky’s “None but the lonely heart,” “Ombra mai fu” from Handel’s Xerxes, further arias from Les contes d’Hoffmann, Macbeth, and Tosca, and Tosti’s “Ideale” and “La serenata.”

Joseph made his North American recital debut earlier this season at the Club Musical de Québec. April 14’s performance takes place at the famed Folly Theater. April 17’s recital is given as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston.

March 20, 2015

Una Noche de México in Puerto Rico

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This Sunday, Joseph Calleja heads from New York to Puerto Rico for a concert at San Juan’s Teatro Bertita y Guillermo L. Martínez. Joining soprano Ailyn Pérez, the Maltese tenor headlines “Una Noche de México,” an evening of songs and duets that capture the Mexican spirit. The concert comes in between Joseph’s acclaimed performances as Edgardo in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Lucia di Lammermoor. 

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March 18, 2015

An “affecting and exciting” Edgardo at the Metropolitan Opera

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Joseph Calleja’s return to the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor earned a resounding ovation on Monday night, with special praise coming from the press. The New York Times credits the “invaluable” Maltese tenor for bringing “glamor and passion” to Donizetti’s moorish tragedy, writing that Joseph “sang Edgardo with plangent vigor. The characteristic sob in his throat…was both affecting and exciting.”

The Huffington Post likewise wrote that his “back-to-back arias in the final scene — ‘Tombe degli avi miei’ and ‘Fra poco a me ricovero’ were wonderfully moving and tragic.”

“He turned in a performance as Edgardo that was nothing less than first-rate,” wrote the New York Classical Review. “His dramatic commitment was absolute.”

Lucia di Lammermoor continues at the Metropolitan Opera through April 10, with a worldwide radio broadcast on March 28.

(Photo: Cory Weaver/The Metropolitan Opera)

Joseph's Blog

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!