August 10, 2016

2016-17 season highlights include role debut in London, Verdi in Vienna, and more in Munich, Berlin, Chicago & New York

Following a landmark 2015-16 season that was bookended by two role debuts as Boito’s Mefistofele and Bizet’s Don José, Joseph Calleja launches his 2016-17 season with another major role debut as Pollione in Bellini’s Norma at the Royal Opera House.

The Maltese tenor stars opposite Sonya Yoncheva in the title role in a new season-opening production for Covent Garden (September 12, 16, 20, 23, 26; October 1, 4, 8). September 26’s performance will be simulcast in cinemas as part of the ROH Live series.

New Roles
Hot on the heels of his role debut in Frankfurt, Joseph returns to Don José with his first U.S. performances of the role in a new production of Carmen at Lyric Opera of Chicago (February 11, 15, 19, 22, 28; March 3, 6). He also reprises Boito’s Faust at the Bayerische Staatsoper (November 4, 7, 10).

Old Favorites
Verdi and Puccini also factor into Joseph’s season schedule, beginning with the former’s Requiem performed at Vienna’s Musikverein (October 22, 23). Following a reprisal of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème in Berlin (January 3, 6), Joseph once again revisits Verdi for another of his signature roles, that of the Duke of Mantova in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera (April 19, 22, 27).

Click here for Joseph’s full schedule and continue to check back as more concert and opera details are 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?