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December 9, 2013

Joseph Calleja a featured performer at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors

On December 8, 2013, Joseph Calleja gave a special surprise performance at the presentation of the Kennedy Center Honors. In a tribute to preeminent American soprano and 2013 honoree Martina Arroyo, Joseph sang the much-loved aria “Celeste Aida.” He later joined soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, the Army Herald Trumpets, the US Naval Academy Glee Club and alumni of the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s programs for the Act II finale of the same work, one in which Arroyo was a celebrated interpreter.

Other performers and presenters at the annual ceremony honoring achievement in American culture included Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Rufus Wainwright, Garth Brooks, Anna Kendrick, and Snoop Dogg.

Attended by President and Mrs. Obama as well as by Arroyo and her fellow honorees (actress Shirley MacLaine and musicians Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, and Carlos Santana), the star-studded celebration will be broadcast nationwide in a two-hour primetime special on CBS-TV on Sunday, December 29 at 9pm ET/PT (check local listings).

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May 16th, 2016

Quo Vadis Eurovision and other stories

Malta did not win the Eurovision but lo and behold the sun still rose and the island (the center of the known universe) still spun…

My two cents is that Ira Losco gave a really good performance and that the whole presentation was excellent. She shouldn’t have performed cause she is pregnant? Come off it – I have performed repeatedly with pregnant opera singers well into their 7th and 8th month of pregnancy and trust me when I say that rehearsing and performing for a full opera production is much more physically demanding than a couple of days at the Eurovision. Of course there are those who know much better than the undersigned and who went on to say that the presentation was a tad “camp”…oh the irony when one considers that the Eurovision is the campest of them all.

Meanwhile, this wouldn’t be Malta and the Eurovision wouldn’t be the Eurovision unless its politicized to the exhaustible hilt. The inevitable “mud slinging competition,” which we will see a lot of in the coming 22 months, ensued and even yours truly (inexplicably) ended up in the midst of the fray, in yet another “supernova” in a tea cup. The Eurovision suddenly became an interchangeable bullet to be used ad nauseam by both sides much like bitter parents who use their innocent children during disputes.  I have always found sycophants interesting, even amusing but they will not be getting the much desired Streisand effect from me, thank you very much. It is part of human nature after all to conjure conspiracies and we are not going to let the simple truth get in the way of some exciting and convenient fiction.

Speaking of “conjuring” is it me or is a company advertising real estate using a chap “connected” with the tragic and unnecessary death of an underage girl? It must be a clone or a”doppleganger”, otherwise this would be the epitome of bad taste and a 100 shades of wrong. Don’t get me wrong I am all for “second chances” and all of that but shouldn’t there be due process first? After all Lisa Marie didn’t get a second chance did she?