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November 6, 2012

Joseph receives honorary degree from the University of Malta

Calleja Award

Last Friday, the University of Malta bestowed upon Joseph Calleja a Doctor of Literature Honoris Causa in recognition of his achievements as one of the world’s finest tenors. Upon receiving this honor, Jospeh said, “I am very much a Maltese product, I am very proud of my heritage, it is genuine love I feel for this nation.” In a statement, the University’s Professor Friggieri said that Joseph was making it possible for millions of people around the globe “to have their lives enriched, their consciousness heightened, and their experience intensified by being exposed to the beauty and power of his voice. We as a nation are justifiably proud of his achievement.  The University of Malta is the first academic institution to grant him an honorary degree.  It will certainly not be the last.”  Read the Times of Malta article here.

Joseph's Blog

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!