March 3, 2015
On March 16, Joseph Calleja returns to New York for his second production of the season with the Metropolitan Opera. The Maltese tenor reprises his acclaimed account of Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, starring in Mary Zimmerman’s moorish production through April 10.
Joseph was last seen in the Met’s Lucia in 2011, where he was praised by the Associated Press for “an Edgardo of exceptional elegance…at his best in the final scene, when Edgardo pours out his grief in a heartbreaking two-part aria, before stabbing himself so he can join Lucia in death. This was golden age vocalism, pure and simple.” The New York Times added, “Joseph Calleja was sensationally ardent as Lucia’s lover, Edgardo, one of the best roles of his young, exciting Met career. In so many productions, the tomb scene that ends the opera seems hopelessly anticlimactic after Lucia’s unraveling, but in this performance Donizetti’s structure finally made sense. It felt more like Edgardo’s tragedy than Lucia’s, so why not let him have the last, gorgeously eloquent word?”
(Photo: Ken Howard)
February 18, 2015
As revealed in today’s 2015-16 season announcement, Joseph Calleja will return to the Metropolitan Opera next April for the company’s revival of Simon Boccanegra. Verdi’s Venetian drama hears the Maltese tenor as Gabriele Adorno, opposite Plácido Domingo in the title role and with James Levine conducting. Also heard in Giancarlo del Monaco’s production are Ferruccio Furlanetto as Jacopo Fiesco and Lianna Haroutounian as Amelia Grimaldi. Performances run April 1, 5, 9, 13, and 16.
Having sung the role across Europe, including for a Decca Classics recording with Thomas Hampson and Kristine Opolais, Joseph now sings Gabriele Adorno for the first time at the Met. The Guardian called his interpretation “outstanding…fully vindicating the integrity and complexity of a role that some tenors have regarded as being insufficiently starry and have refused to sing.” Opera Britannia wrote, “Gabriele Adorno is probably Joseph Calleja’s best Verdi role.”
Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper to once again star as Pinkerton in the company’s production of Madama Butterfly. Having last sung the role in Munich last June, Joseph now sings the role for two performances February 21 and 26, opposite Kristine Opolais in the title role. Stefano Ranzani conducts the performances, which revive Wolf Busse’s production. Joseph will also sing a later performance of Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper this July.