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January 14, 2013

Joseph “brings the house down” at London’s Royal Festival Hall

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Fresh from his highly-praised portrayal of the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Bavarian State Opera, Joseph began his European concert tour on Friday night making his debut at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Andrew Greenwood, he performed a program featuring selections from his latest album for Decca, Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza.  The critics rejoiced, writing that Joseph’s performance “hits you in a way that bypasses the brain and goes straight to the hairs on the back of your neck” (The Times UK), while “the two arias from Tosca flowed with great naturalness, and he brought the house down with sterling renditions of well-known pieces from Cavalleria Rusticana and Fedora” (The Guardian).

The tour continues this evening in Pamplona followed by concerts in Paris (January 18), Munich (January 21), Prague (January 24), Vienna (January 28), Amsterdam (January 31), and  Baden-Baden (February 3).

Visit Joseph’s schedule for a full list of appearances.

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February 16th, 2016

Shooting hyenas

How absolutely appalling it is to read in the news that Ms Roberta Metsola had her life threatened because she expressed her views on illegal immigration. Whereas I understand the genuine concerns of some people that multiculturalism can be a strain on society if not handled very carefully, such concerns are most certainly not an excuse to exhibit such Neanderthal behaviour, bandying about death threats and mindless comments such as “we should shoot them and those who support them”.

I have expressed my disdain for excessive political correctness in the past and I stand firmly by my belief that any immigrants who stir trouble unreasonably should be deported immediately. Having said that, a nation can but benefit from a controlled influx of genuine immigrants (whether refugees or not) who really want to integrate and contribute to a society. I am afraid to say that that the person who wants to shoot Ms Metsola will have to shoot me too and that person will probably find out that I make for a much easier target…

Meanwhile my statement published on my public FaceBook page, in reference to the “Iene” incident, got picked up by the national media and a few expressed disgust that I was defending the Labour party and I thought it would be a good idea to spell it out especially for those who can only see in shades of red and blue. I grew up with television programs such as “Mai dire gol” and later on “Le Iene” so I know exactly what the latter programs entail. My reaction was not just one of disapproval on how this “journalist” behaved in our parliament completely unchallenged but at how many Maltese were ready to rubbish our country irrespective of the dubious veracity of the claims being made. My reaction would have been exactly the same irrespective of who was in Castille.  The excellent Raphael Vassallo explains it more eloquently than I do on this link – hhttp://www.maltatoday.com.mt/comment/blogs/62242/good_news_gee_how_disappointing#.VsOsouT2ZPY

It is one thing to “fight” tooth and nail for what is right, to fight corruption and to win the battle of ideas in hope of improving one’s country. It is quite another to derive pleasure when your country is being denigrated in light of dubious (at best) circumstances.