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May 12, 2015

Joseph Calleja stars in final performances of John Copley’s La Bohème in London


The final Royal Opera House performances of John Copley’s iconic production of La Bohème will see house favorite Joseph Calleja in the role of Rodolfo. The Maltese tenor joins Anna Netrebko as Mimì under the baton of Dan Ettinger.

Opened in 1974 and counted as the longest-running production in the ROH’s history, La Bohème opens May 23 and is feted with a post-performance celebration. June 10 marks another milestone when the performance is broadcast around the world as part of the Royal Opera’s live cinema relay series. Joseph gives five other performances as Rodolfo May 30, June 2, 5, and 8.

May 5, 2015

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May 1, 2015

Spring highlights for Joseph Calleja include La Bohème in London, gala concerts in Bratislava, Paris, and Amsterdam


Joseph Calleja’s landmark winter, which included an acclaimed U.S. recital debut and an equally well-received return to the Metropolitan Opera for Lucia di Lammermoor, is turning towards a spring with equally auspicious engagements that see the Maltese tenor back in Europe. At the Royal Opera House, Joseph sings opposite Anna Netrebko in a revival of Puccini’s La Bohème, the company’s final performances of John Copley’s iconic production — the longest-running production in ROH’s history. La Bohème opens May 23 to a post-performance celebration of the production and continues through June 10, which is also the date for the performance’s live cinecast around the world.

From there, Joseph continues his season of gala concerts in Europe’s musical capitals with stops in Bratislava (June 16), Paris (June 19) and Amsterdam (June 22).

Looking ahead to the summer, Joseph’s concert and opera schedule continues with performances in Berlin, Orange, Munich, and Hannover, culminating with his annual Maltese Summer Concert on August 3 at Luxol in Pembroke, Malta. Platinum recording artist Anastacia joins for the event, with additional guest artists to be announced.

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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!