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October 17, 2017

Joseph Calleja interviewed at Casa Italiana in NYC

The first “Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin” of this season features Joseph Calleja, who is currently singing Pollione at the Met’s new production of Norma and will appear in the role through December.

The interview will take place on October 17 at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.

October 15, 2017

Joseph Calleja featured on Angela Gheorghiu’s new album

October 12, 2017

Times of Malta: Joseph Calleja in annual fund raising concert on October 27

The fifth edition of the BOV Joseph Calleja Fund Raising Concert is being held on Friday, October 27 at the Palace State Rooms at the Palace in Valletta.

All proceeds from the concert will go towards the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation.
Over the past year, the foundation has sponsored additional scholars, increasing the number to 28 – all of whom will be performing at the concert.

Benefactors who attend the concert will also have the opportunity to meet Joseph Calleja and the guest scholars during a reception hosted at Casino Maltese following the concert.

Seats for the concert are available against a donation of €100 each. Tickets may be reserved by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

Further information about the concert and the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation can be found at http://www.bovjosephcallejafoundation.com

Times of Malta

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May 16th, 2016

Quo Vadis Eurovision and other stories

Malta did not win the Eurovision but lo and behold the sun still rose and the island (the center of the known universe) still spun…

My two cents is that Ira Losco gave a really good performance and that the whole presentation was excellent. She shouldn’t have performed cause she is pregnant? Come off it – I have performed repeatedly with pregnant opera singers well into their 7th and 8th month of pregnancy and trust me when I say that rehearsing and performing for a full opera production is much more physically demanding than a couple of days at the Eurovision. Of course there are those who know much better than the undersigned and who went on to say that the presentation was a tad “camp”…oh the irony when one considers that the Eurovision is the campest of them all.

Meanwhile, this wouldn’t be Malta and the Eurovision wouldn’t be the Eurovision unless its politicized to the exhaustible hilt. The inevitable “mud slinging competition,” which we will see a lot of in the coming 22 months, ensued and even yours truly (inexplicably) ended up in the midst of the fray, in yet another “supernova” in a tea cup. The Eurovision suddenly became an interchangeable bullet to be used ad nauseam by both sides much like bitter parents who use their innocent children during disputes.  I have always found sycophants interesting, even amusing but they will not be getting the much desired Streisand effect from me, thank you very much. It is part of human nature after all to conjure conspiracies and we are not going to let the simple truth get in the way of some exciting and convenient fiction.

Speaking of “conjuring” is it me or is a company advertising real estate using a chap “connected” with the tragic and unnecessary death of an underage girl? It must be a clone or a”doppleganger”, otherwise this would be the epitome of bad taste and a 100 shades of wrong. Don’t get me wrong I am all for “second chances” and all of that but shouldn’t there be due process first? After all Lisa Marie didn’t get a second chance did she?