October 9, 2012

Illness Forces Joseph Calleja to Cancel His Oct 11 Album-Release Concert at City Winery

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Joseph Calleja’s October 11th concert at downtown Manhattan’s City Winery, which was to celebrate the U.S. release of the his fourth solo album for Decca, Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza (out today), has been canceled. The Maltese tenor was taken ill after a performance yesterday in Helsinki, Finland, and he was advised by his doctor not to travel to New York. “I was very much looking forward to coming to New York and am extremely frustrated and disappointed by this turn of events,” said Calleja in a statement. “Unfortunately the severe congestion caused by this virus makes me unable to sing.” The concert was being produced in collaboration with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food and was to mark Calleja’s only New York appearance this season. All current ticket holders are being notified and offered refunds or transfers to other shows. Please contact City Winery’s concierge with any questions at (212) 608-0555.

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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!