November 21, 2012

Joseph returns to Bavarian State Opera this December (15-30) in “Rigoletto”


This December, Joseph brings his celebrated portrayal of the Duke of Mantua to life in the Bavarian State Opera’s new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto by the critically acclaimed Hungarian director Árpád Schilling. Conducted by Marco Armiliato, the performances also star Franco Vassallo as the cursed Rigoletto and Patricia Petibon as Rigoletto’s newly discovered daughter Gilda. After returning to the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 as the Duke, the role of Joseph’s Met debut in 2006, Robert Levine of Classics Today said, “I can’t think of another tenor who sings this role better.” For those who are unable to make it to Munich, the Bavarian State Opera will offer a free live web stream of the opening night performance on December 15 on BR-Klassik. In July, Joseph revisits the role of the Duke at the Munich Opera Festival 2013.

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March 5th, 2015

Leave the excellent Maltese bread alone

One thing which is pretty unique in Maltese cuisine is our bread. Its really quite extraordinary especially when eaten still warm with a table spoon of olive oil, some fresh Maltese tomatoes, capers and tuna or what many call “Hobz biz – zejt.” Of all and everything in Maltese cuisine our bread is the one thing that has some international recognition of really being one of the tastiest sour dough around. The Puglia loaf comes close but doesn’t make the grade.

I was quite bemused when I read that the local health authorities  are suggesting to revise” the salt content in Maltese bread, potentially altering an ancient recipe that is already under siege from mass production and modern machinery. I mean really who comes up with this stuff? Can we tackle the disgusting fast food restaurants selling all that processed food before? What about any alcohol, sweets, cigars and cigarettes? Why don’t we ban everything and anything that might kill us or give us a couple of bars more in our blood pressure.

Surely the road to take here is to indeed protect the artisanal making of our Maltese bread and to remind the populace, through education, that moderation and a varied diet is the key to good health. There are plenty bigger fish to fry than our innocuous “hobza”…