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September 27, 2012

Joseph named 2012 Gramophone “Artist of the Year”

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Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja has been named the 2012 Gramophone “Artist of the Year.” The announcement was made at the Gramophone Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London earlier today. The Artist of the Year award is the only Gramophone prize bestowed by public vote, and recent winners include conductor Gustavo Dudamel and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. After learning of the win, Joseph told The Times, “The other nominees are all great artists, so I am very honored to have won this. It has been a great month for me personally and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me from the bottom of my heart.”

The award caps off what has been a successful start to Joseph’s 2012-13 season. On September 8, Joseph performed at the world-famous Last Night of the Proms with violinist Nicola Benedetti. In its review of the performance, Reuters said, “Calleja, for one, was in top form and got ovation after ovation for his ventures into repertoires like Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ and Lara’s ‘Granada’ that once were standards for the late Luciano Pavarotti.” A week later, the release of his fourth solo album on Decca, Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza, became the first classical album to hit No. 1 on the Danish Pop Chart since the release of The Three Tenors in 1994. Joseph closes the month singing the role of Pinkerton in Puccini’s classic Madama Butterfly with the Vienna State Opera and then celebrates the U.S. release of Be My Love with a concert at New York’s City Winery in collaboration with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival on October 11.

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January 10th, 2015

2014 and the New Year

2014 went by like a breeze. It was not always easy, especially with the challenge of finishing my new home whilst juggling a very heavy schedule. However, all’s well that ends well and in 2015 I look forward to reverting my full focus on this beautiful profession and vocation whilst enjoying the company of my loved ones especially my children. The latter turning fast into healthy and considerate young adults.

2015 couldn’t have started in a worse way. The atrocious, barbaric and senseless killing in Paris shocked the world. Watching a police officer being  shot in the head, at point blank range, in day light Paris was as horrific as it was surreal. I certainly hope that the general and unanimous outcry will gain even more momentum so that our leaders will take the necessary steps to protect our European values without compromise. Make no mistake – these fanatics won’t stop at anything; bombing and shooting at places of entertainment, including Opera houses and Concert Halls, will be next…

Fanatics and extremists of whatever religion or denomination have to be hunted down, prosecuted and incarcerated or deported. If the laws have to be changed to make this process easier and more effective then so be it.

 

Remember that evil only triumphs when the good do nothing. And talking about good here is an exemplary Muslim taking the correct stand –

 

www.edition.cnn.com/2015/01/09/world/muslims-react-charlie-hebdo-irpt/