December 17, 2016
Joseph Calleja returns to Berlin in the new year to star in a signature role, Rodolfo in Puccini’s timeless La Bohème. He takes the stage on January 3 & 6, in a cast that also features Carmen Giannattasio as Mimì, Alexandra Hutton as Musetta, and Markus Brück sings Marcello. Conductor Ivan Repusic leads from the pit, for this Götz Friedrich-directed staging.
Mr. Calleja’s previous performances as the romantic poet have garnered acclaim from critics and audiences worldwide:
“As the hapless poet Rodolfo, Joseph Calleja was in fine form from the outset. The Maltese tenor is blessed with the kind of voice that can fill a barn like the Met with relative ease while retaining astonishing focus in his tone. His “Che gelida manina” was exemplary, displaying ringing caramel tone infused with ardent intensity. He soared to his top notes without a hint of trouble, and his phrasing was finely crafted all the way through.” (New York Classical Review)
“Mr. Calleja seemed in his element, singing with melting richness and youthful energy …” (The New York Times)
“Joseph Calleja’s gorgeously full voice – alarmingly reminiscent of that of the great genius Caruso – as that of the impoverished poet Rodolfo. Like Netrebko’s, Calleja’s voice was always fluid and never forced, combing with Netrebko’s for one mammoth yet celestial sound.” (Bachtrack)