December 4, 2014

Joseph Calleja’s winter highlights include role debut in London, Christmas concert in Malta, gala in Vienna, Italian masterworks in Germany

After an acclaimed autumn, Joseph Calleja’s winter performances begin with his role debut as Riccardo in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at the Royal Opera House. The Maltese tenor takes on the King of Sweden in London in a new production directed by Katharina Thoma and conducted by Daniel Oren. Joseph stars opposite Liudmyla Monastyrska as Amelia and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Renato. Performances run December 18 through January 17.

In between performances, Joseph returns to his home of Malta for the second annual BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation Christmas Concert, given at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in San Pawl tat-Targa on December 27. He gives an additional concert on January 28 in Vienna at the city’s Konzerthaus.

Joseph’s operatic performances continue in February with two appearances in Berlin as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Deutsche Oper February 1 & 6, and three appearances in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich on February 21, 23 & 26.

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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?