July 22, 2017

20th Anniversary Concert in Malta with Andrea Bocelli and Sir Bryn Terfel

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Mr. Calleja’s opera debut. To celebrate this milestone, he will be singing a concert in his native Malta on August 19.  He will be joined by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the BOV Joseph Calleja Children’s Choir, under the direction of Gillian Zammit.

Mr. Calleja made his debut at the young age of 19, as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Astra Theatre in Malta. He went on to win an awards at a series of important international competitions, including the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, Caruso Competition, and Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. These competitions helped launch Mr. Calleja onto the international opera scene, where he has been working ever since. As one of the most sought after tenors of his generation, he continues to perform at all of the major opera houses of the world.

Mr. Calleja heads to New York following this recital, where he will sing the leading tenor role in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Norma. 

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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?