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December 30, 2012

End of the year 2012 Blog

I can’t believe that 2012 is over. Career wise this was probably the most successful and eventful year in the whole of my fifteen year career.  My latest album “Be my Love” topped the charts in several countries. From the Grammy award nomination to being nominated and winning the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2012 – I was so proud to bring these honors for the first time to my home country Malta to the delight of my compatriots whom I am privileged to call “fellow Maltese!”

Of course a lot went on stage as well and this year my best experiences both happened in London. The first, chronologically, was the run of “La Boheme” in London where I had the extraordinary privilege of working with director John Copley. Pushing 80 he has the exuberance and energy of a man 50 years his junior. His insight on acting and singing are truly revealing and it is simply unnerving to witness his still humongous “hunger” for this beautiful art form despite the fact that he clocked more than half a century on the world’s greatest stages. Add to this we ended up being a cast of “true bohemians.” Real friendship formed with Carmen Gianattasio, Fabio Capitanucci, Matthew Rose and Thomas Oliemans – what was going on stage was really a mirror of reality rather than being an imitation.  Semyon Bychkov in the pit aptly reminded us that even Puccini can be sung, not screamed, over the orchestra…

……and then the proms….Never in my life have I been so nervous knowing that I was going to sing the great tenor warhorses in front of a live audience of more than 10000 and a television audience running into millions. After Nessun Dorma the whole Royal Albert Hall erupted and “football stadium style cheering” ensued. Maestro Jiri Belohlavek immediately suggested an encore but I was frankly feeling too emotional of doing a “da capo.” It was a magical moment and I just wanted to breath it in…such an amazing event and wonderful colleagues like Nicky Benedetti, Mro Belohlavek, orchestra and the real stars of any Proms – the Prommers!

2013 is starting with a bang ie; a sold out concert at the Royal Festival Hall, another recital disk for Decca, a complete recording for the same label and performances in around 20 different cities around the globe including in my beloved Malta!

 

To all of you a great New Year without forgetting to thank the amazing team I have around me including (but not limited to) CSAM agency, 21c Media and Albion!

Comments

  1. Rosa Ulacia

    Felicidades por un año pleno de éxitos en tu carrera.
    Mis mejores para el 2013!
    El 14 de enero, espero con ilusión verle en su Concierto en España.

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September 27th, 2014

Malta’s 50th birthday.

Unfortunately work commitments prevented me from being present for the 50th Anniversary of Malta’s independence. By all accounts the show was quite something and Prince William seemed genuinely charmed by my fellow islanders. Kudos to the government and the organizers.

I sometimes wonder how the Maltese people managed to achieve so much in relatively little time. Lets not kid ourselves – we are a very small island and  in the middle of nowhere to boot. As yet we can boast 7,000 years of history, our own unique culture, language and a populace that, throughout the ages, has  repeatedly demonstrated  that it could rise to the occasion and punch above its weight when it really matters.  And how I wish, that it “matters” more often!

I simply hate it when I see some of my fellow countrymen squabble over a few votes and losing all principles whilst rubbishing great ideas just because they come from the other side of the fence. I can’t understand why there is a certain fanatical mindset, on both sides, that thinks only one half of the population is fit to “lead” the nation and should do so indefinitely. Can it please be a battle of ideas rather than “parading” colors in peacock like fashion?  For example – individuals who are simply not fit for purpose, should be treated exactly as such and not given positions of “pseudo importance” because it was “politically convenient” at the time.

The current government won the past elections with an historic majority, the likes of which we have never seen. Such a big win means power and this power surely must be “cashed” into responsibility. This majority has to be used to tackle certain hot issues and implement changes where necessary.

It’s easy to dismiss my words as “uninformed” or “utopian” but the thing is that I have travelled the world, pretty much constantly for the past 17 years. The more I see and soak in different cultures and experiences, the more I realize how much untapped potential Malta still has. Surely the management of our environment, education, infrastructure  and culture is in need of tweaking or a complete overhaul in some cases.

The good news is that I can see it happening already. The bad news is that it might not be happening as fast as it should. I really hope that our dynamic leaders do not mess up things in the end game and may the next 50 years be a time when we Maltese understand what we were, what we are now and what we could turn into if we truly become a united nation. It matters now…