August 6, 2012

Decca to release Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza

Following the success of his chart-topping 2011 solo album, The Maltese Tenor, Joseph Calleja turns his attention to songs and arias made popular by the great Italian-American singer and actor Mario Lanza with his new release on Decca, Be My Love.Joseph was just fourteen years old when he discovered Mario Lanza through the film The Great Caruso. It was this experience that introduced Joseph to opera and inspired him to become a singer. In describing the moment, Joseph says “From the first few notes, when he warms up in the movie before singing the Tarantella, I was struck by that incredible beauty of operatic singing.”

Be My Love features popular songs such as “Because,” “Granada,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” as well as popular opera arias including “Vesti la giubba” and “Nessun dorma.” The album will be released first in the UK and Germany in September, in France in October, and later in US and other markets. Joseph embarks on a European concert tour in January performing selections from the recording.

You can pre-order the album through the following links:

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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?