June 20, 2009

Joseph Calleja to sing the title role in Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera

Joseph Calleja will sing the title role in the new production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, directed by Bartlett Sher and conducted by James Levine, which premieres in December 2009. It is Calleja’s debut in the role, replacing Rolando Villazon, who announced he would cancel all runs late April this year. After some speculation, the news of Calleja having been selected for the role was finally published on the MET website on 17 June 2009.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann opens on December 3, 2009, and runs through January 2, 2010. The cast includes Kathleen Kim as Olympia, Anna Netrebko as Antonia, Ekaterina Gubanova as Giulietta, and Elīna Garanča as Nicklausse. The December 19 matinee performance will be transmitted into movie theaters worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HDseries.

Joseph Calleja would like to publicly thank Mr Berndt Loebe, Mr Nicholas Bachler, Ms Deborah Borda and Mr Eno Weil for “their cooperation and understanding in making this important milestone in my career possible.”

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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?