December 18, 2013

Global Stardom

Kathy Bates, Justice Ginsberg, Scalia, Sotomayor, Roberts, Glenn Close, Alan Alda, President Obama, Arroyo, Santana and Snoop Dog etc. etc. What an amazing month December was! I don’t want to enter the merits of the existence of an “afterlife” but if the latter exists it is a sure thing that my father, born in the village of Qormi in Malta, is surely smiling…

But what does one learn from global legends? Well I guess humility and the long road that starts from nowhere, seemingly going to nowhere that instead ends up changing people’s lives and indeed history. I mean all the eulogies, especially to Billy Joel, delivered by the amazing Garth Brooks, was so heartfelt and intense  without that annoying prosopopeia that so often accompany such events that yes, I did feel privileged to be assisting at the American “knighting” equivalent of Joel, Arroyo, Hancock, Santana and Maclaine. Something to tell the grand children for sure…








  1. Rosa Ulacia

    Tienes motivos para sentirte feliz y satisfecho por haber conseguido llegar a poner tu nombre en la cumbre de la ópera.
    Tu padre estará muy orgulloso allá donde esté.
    Nos sentimos muy felices tus admiradores por todos tu slogros.

  2. You have indeed become one of the great lyrics. I saw you in Washington a few years ago as the Duke in Rigoletto and you were marvelous!

  3. Paul Borg

    As a man hailing from Qormi and a fellow old Lasallian, i revel in the glory you are giving our Nation and our roots. God bless you…

  4. vince arrigo

    Excellent Joe, just keep your feet on the ground. You have such a beautiful future. Keep it up.

  5. My, husband and I,and our eldest son Dr Stephen Parnis will be in Malta in 2014. Your summer. My greatest wish would be to meet you, as I do not think you will get to Australia for a long, long time.

  6. My greatest wish it to Meet the Wonderful Joseph Calleja.

  7. Adele Borg

    Joe u have no idea how lucky u are, very very lucky to have such a beautiful voice , but we are even luckier because, it is such an emotional journey to either watch and see you or hear you perform. It is one of the things that happen to very few people in life, and u are one of them. it is not easy its true, but the hard work and the studying its truly worth it. I am pround to be your friend, bt even more proud to be your fan. Adele

  8. Fatima Upegui Newton

    I love every breath of praise lifted with your voice and the way you leave your heart in every note. Merry living and Happy New 2014!

  9. Freda

    You are one of the major good things that ever happened to Malta. Every time I watch you on tv or our granaries, i get tears in my eyes. Had I the money, I woul follow you everywhere you go. Wish you ongoing success and a very happy future with your loved ones.

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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?