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September 11, 2012

Joseph to Celebrate U.S. Release of “Be My Love: A Tribute To Mario Lanza” with Concert at City Winery in Collaboration with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival on October 11

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On the heels of his success at London’s legendary Last Night of the BBC Proms this past weekend—which was broadcast live on television, radio, online, and in cinemas across the U.K.—Joseph Calleja, “arguably today’s finest lyric tenor” (NPR), returns to the Big Apple on Thursday, October 11 to perform selections from his new Decca Classics recording, Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza, in a concert with orchestra at City Winery in downtown Manhattan. The event, which marks the Maltese tenor’s only New York appearance during the 2012-13 season, is being presented in collaboration with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival and comes two days after the U.S. release of the new recording (Tuesday, October 9). Steven Mercurio, who leads the BBC Concert Orchestra on the album, will also conduct the New York performance. Tickets for the 8 PM concert range from $25 to $45 and will be available for purchase through the City Winery’s website beginning this Thursday, September 13.

 

Joseph's Blog

February 16th, 2016

Shooting hyenas

How absolutely appalling it is to read in the news that Ms Roberta Metsola had her life threatened because she expressed her views on illegal immigration. Whereas I understand the genuine concerns of some people that multiculturalism can be a strain on society if not handled very carefully, such concerns are most certainly not an excuse to exhibit such Neanderthal behaviour, bandying about death threats and mindless comments such as “we should shoot them and those who support them”.

I have expressed my disdain for excessive political correctness in the past and I stand firmly by my belief that any immigrants who stir trouble unreasonably should be deported immediately. Having said that, a nation can but benefit from a controlled influx of genuine immigrants (whether refugees or not) who really want to integrate and contribute to a society. I am afraid to say that that the person who wants to shoot Ms Metsola will have to shoot me too and that person will probably find out that I make for a much easier target…

Meanwhile my statement published on my public FaceBook page, in reference to the “Iene” incident, got picked up by the national media and a few expressed disgust that I was defending the Labour party and I thought it would be a good idea to spell it out especially for those who can only see in shades of red and blue. I grew up with television programs such as “Mai dire gol” and later on “Le Iene” so I know exactly what the latter programs entail. My reaction was not just one of disapproval on how this “journalist” behaved in our parliament completely unchallenged but at how many Maltese were ready to rubbish our country irrespective of the dubious veracity of the claims being made. My reaction would have been exactly the same irrespective of who was in Castille.  The excellent Raphael Vassallo explains it more eloquently than I do on this link – hhttp://www.maltatoday.com.mt/comment/blogs/62242/good_news_gee_how_disappointing#.VsOsouT2ZPY

It is one thing to “fight” tooth and nail for what is right, to fight corruption and to win the battle of ideas in hope of improving one’s country. It is quite another to derive pleasure when your country is being denigrated in light of dubious (at best) circumstances.