May 21, 2014

An “outstanding” Verdi Requiem with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra

Joseph Calleja’s recent appearances in Birmingham and London with Antonio Pappano and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra for Verdi’s Requiem have earned the Maltese Tenor more acclaim in an already highly-lauded 2013-14 season. Of the London performance, The Guardian praised Joseph’s “breathtakingly sweet entry midway through the Offertorio… [his] unfailingly handsome tenor was outstanding throughout.”

Reviewing the Birmingham concert, The Birmingham Post wrote: “Whatever sins tenor Joseph Calleja may have committed, all he’ll have to do is sing Ingemisco and the Hostias as he did here and St. Peter will fling open the pearly gates for him.”

In addition to a run of Faust at the Royal Opera House for which The Telegraph recognized the tenor’s “Caruso-like warmth and generosity,” Joseph’s other United Kingdom performances this spring have garnered similar plaudits. Writing of his recent concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Guardian noted that “it was hard not to be carried along by the likable Maltese tenor’s engaging personality, ringing tone and general excellence in his chosen repertoire, in which he has no obvious peer.”


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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?