January 4, 2017
Joseph Calleja is the featured soloist in the Official Opening Concert of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, hosted at the BOZAR in Brussels on January 16. Mr. Calleja performs with The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Brian Schembri. The concert is part of a multi-month celebration of Maltese culture at the BOZAR, which began on January 1 and continues through June 30. The evening features selections by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and more; tickets and more information are available via the following link.
The Mediterranean is a unifying theme of the BOZAR multiannual programme. This almost mythical sea flows between islands and peninsulas, linking three continents. It is the birthplace of empires and civilizations. After Cyprus (2012) and Greece (2014), we drop anchor in Malta to the proverbial fanfare of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by maestro Brian Schembri. La donna è mobile from Verdi’s Rigoletto, E lucevan le stelle from Puccini’s Tosca and other legendary operas and arias are highlights of the programme, alongside Knights of Malta Ballet Suite by Malta’s national composer Charles Camilleri (1931 – 2009). For this ballet the composer takes inspiration from the Order of Malta or Order of Saint John, a medieval order of knights that still exists in Belgium in the form of a non-profit organization that helps the sick and the poor.
Concert to mark the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.