April 30, 2014

Joseph Calleja gives four performances at the Bayerische Staatsoper, plus concerts in the UK and Berlin

Looking forward to the summer, Joseph Calleja headlines four performances at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich throughout May, June, and July.

The Maltese tenor’s Munich tenure begins with a return to the role of the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto May 3, 6, and 9. Afterward, Joseph once again appears in the UK following his lauded appearances in Faust at the Royal Opera House. He gives two performances of Verdi’s Requiem with Antonio Pappano and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Birmingham (May 16) and London (May 18). He can also be heard in two concert performances of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (June 4 and 7).

The next week, Joseph returns to Munich where he can be seen as B.F. Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly June 12, 14, and 19. He next appears as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth June 27 and July 1, and concludes his Bavarian performances as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata on July 4, 7, and 10.

For more information on Joseph’s schedule, click here.

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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?