May 1, 2015

Spring highlights for Joseph Calleja include La Bohème in London, gala concerts in Bratislava, Paris, and Amsterdam

Joseph Calleja’s landmark winter, which included an acclaimed U.S. recital debut and an equally well-received return to the Metropolitan Opera for Lucia di Lammermoor, is turning towards a spring with equally auspicious engagements that see the Maltese tenor back in Europe. At the Royal Opera House, Joseph sings opposite Anna Netrebko in a revival of Puccini’s La Bohème, the company’s final performances of John Copley’s iconic production — the longest-running production in ROH’s history. La Bohème opens May 23 to a post-performance celebration of the production and continues through June 10, which is also the date for the performance’s live cinecast around the world.

From there, Joseph continues his season of gala concerts in Europe’s musical capitals with stops in Bratislava (June 16), Paris (June 19) and Amsterdam (June 22).

Looking ahead to the summer, Joseph’s concert and opera schedule continues with performances in Berlin, Orange, Munich, and Hannover, culminating with his annual Maltese Summer Concert on August 3 at Luxol in Pembroke, Malta. Platinum recording artist Anastacia joins for the event, with additional guest artists to be announced.

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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?