August 20, 2017

Bocelli and Calleja take anniversary concert to new highs

It was perhaps fitting that the 20th anniversary Joseph Calleja concert turned out to be aspecial eclectic evening.  Held under the stars on a warm August night and with the background of fireworks from an unruly Maltese festa.

But nothing could beat this special evening.

It was yet another traditional event, sometime one would admit was turning repetitive: Malta’s tenor and now a Cavaliere Joseph Calleja emulates the Pavarotti creation: of combining opera singing with contemporary productions.

Yet, this evening under the stars was different.  It roped in one great and unique voice, with the presence of other stars.

Listening to Andrea Bocelli live is an experience that cannot be matched by a televisionscreening or accidentally snooping on his voice.

His stardom is in perfect synch with his matchless talent as his warm voice reached new crescendos and resonated endlessly in the Fosos square in Floriana.  It was difficult to believe that the other week he had been fighting a bronchitis  and had to cancel concerts.

Callea’s contribution was ever more incisive – there is something remarkably complete in his execution.  It is as if a fine wine had come of age – the confidence that he exudes is one of a mega marvel.

The stunning Gillian Zammit was also exceptional as she delivered her solo interpretations and also with Bocelli with Maltese young voices echoing from the stage.

Sir Bryn Terfel, the bass baritone was also an important factor to the night’s success, adding some colour to the musical interpretations with his humour and personality.

The other singers were perhaps less of an influence for the enthusiastic public.  Though Destiny, the young Maltese Junior Eurovision winner still struck a chord with the Maltese audience. And not to be forgotten, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, which presented a flawless musical performance.

Visit MaltaToday to read the full article and to see pictures and videos of the performance.

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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?