December 9, 2013
On December 8, 2013, Joseph Calleja gave a special surprise performance at the presentation of the Kennedy Center Honors. In a tribute to preeminent American soprano and 2013 honoree Martina Arroyo, Joseph sang the much-loved aria “Celeste Aida.” He later joined soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, the Army Herald Trumpets, the US Naval Academy Glee Club and alumni of the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s programs for the Act II finale of the same work, one in which Arroyo was a celebrated interpreter.
Other performers and presenters at the annual ceremony honoring achievement in American culture included Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Rufus Wainwright, Garth Brooks, Anna Kendrick, and Snoop Dogg.
Attended by President and Mrs. Obama as well as by Arroyo and her fellow honorees (actress Shirley MacLaine and musicians Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, and Carlos Santana), the star-studded celebration will be broadcast nationwide in a two-hour primetime special on CBS-TV on Sunday, December 29 at 9pm ET/PT (check local listings).
November 22, 2013
In his return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joseph Calleja triumphs as Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata. The Chicago Tribune dubbed the Maltese tenor “a handsome Alfredo whose easy outpouring of burnished tone and ardent manner were everything one looks for in the role of the naïve country boy who seeks true love in the fleshpots of the Parisian demimonde.”
The Chicago Classical Review had similar acclaim for Joseph’s account of Verdi’s lovesick hero, praising his “vibrant and impassioned performance in what is Lyric’s most vocally successful show so far this season.
“Joseph Calleja was a first-class Alfredo in every way,” the Review added. “His Brindisi was light and nimble, with his quick vibrato lending excitement. Calleja was aptly impassioned in the dramatic moments yet wonderfully nuanced in his vocalism, with artful dynamic shading and floating a honeyed legato in ‘Un di felice’ and ‘Parigi, o cara.’” La traviata continues at Lyric Opera of Chicago through December 20.
November 15, 2013
On November 25, Joseph Calleja will perform in recital before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as part of the Supreme Court Musicale, a joint presentation between the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. This bi-annual event and reception is a highlight of each season for Justice Ginsburg as well as select invited guests.
Joseph joins pianist Kevin Miller and soprano Nadine Sierra for this event, which takes place in the East Conference Room of the Court. Founded in 1988, the program has recently featured such opera luminaries as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, and Thomas Hampson.