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September 10, 2017

Joseph Calleja opens The Metropolitan Opera season as Pollione in new production of ‘Norma’

Joseph Calleja sings the role of Pollione in The Metropolitan Opera’s new staging of Norma, which opens their 2017/2018 season. The archetypal example of the Bel Canto style, Mr. Calleja takes on the challenge of singing this demanding tenor role. While the opera opens the season in the fall, it also returns in December. Most roles are double cast, however, Mr. Calleja sings all performances – including both the fall and winter dates.

Bellini’s masterpiece is staged by Sir David McVicar, a production which co-star Sondra Radvanovsky, who stars in the title role, discusses here. Ms. Radvanovsky sings Norma in September, and is replaced by first Marina Rebeka and then by Angela Meade. The mezzo-soprano role of Adalgisa is sung by Joyce DiDonato in the fall, and then by Jamie Barton in the December run. There will also be a change of conductors for both runs; Carlo Rizzi opens the show, and is then replaced by Joseph Colaneri.

Mr. Calleja sang the role of Pollione this past season in a new production at the Royal Opera House. In their review of the show, The Guardian commented, “Calleja, handsome-sounding, is naturally more at home in this music, his voice ringing easily through his arias, his characterisation growing in depth as the performance progresses.” Tickets are now on sale.

September 6, 2017

Bocelli describes Calleja as one of his favorite tenors

The world-famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli wrote on Facebook that Joseph Calleja is one of his favourite tenors at the moment in the world of lyrical music.

Bocelli said that before getting to know him, he already admired the tumble of the Maltese tenor’s voice, and now can also appreciate his generosity.

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August 23, 2017

Calleja to sing Cavaradossi in Munich

This production of Puccini’s Tosca that Luc Bondy created for the Metropolitan Opera is being revived by the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. Daniele Callegari will lead the performances, which will feature an all-star cast, with Anja Harteros in the title role, Joseph Calleja as her doomed lover Cavaradossi and Željko Lučić as the treacherous Baron Scarpia.

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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.

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August 19, 2017

Joseph Calleja is named “Cavaliere al Merito della Repubblica Italiana”

Italian Ambassador Giovanni Umberto De Vito today honoured tenor Joseph Calleja with the high Italian decoration of ‘Cavaliere al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.’ The Maltese tenor was given the award in recognition of his outstanding artistic talents in performing Italian composers’ work, his exceptional portrayals of numerous leading roles in Italian operas, and his passionate performance of classic and renowned Italian songs.

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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.

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June 22, 2017

Calleja debuts in ‘I due Foscari’ at the Salzburg Festival

Mr. Calleja makes his debut at the Salzburg Summer Opera Festival in Verdi’s I due Foscari with a sold-out performance August 11, followed by a matinée on August 14. This is also a role debut for the Maltese tenor, as he tackles Jacopo Foscari for the first time. Although this is his first outing in the role, Calleja is no stranger to Verdi, having performed the majority of the composer’s most Read more

June 9, 2017

Joseph Calleja is “unforgettable” in role debut as Cavaradossi at Grange Park Opera

“It’s in the evening’s star turn – the appearance of international tenor Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi – that the performance really heats up. On magnificent vocal form, he suggests the painter’s devil-may-care impulsiveness and makes something unforgettable out of his last-act aria.”

George Hall – The Stage

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May 25, 2017

Role debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ at Grange Park Opera

This summer, Joseph Calleja makes his highly anticipated debut as Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s eternal classic, Tosca, at Grange Park Opera. The event also celebrates the opening of the company’s new theatre, a highlight of the performing arts season in the UK. Performances are hosted June 8, 10, 15, 18, 22, 24,  28 & 30 and July 2, with a cast that also includes Ekaterina Metlova as Floria Tosca and Roland Wood as Baron Scarpia. Conductor Gianluca Marciano leads from the pit for all dates, which feature a production staged by Peter Relton.

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May 9, 2017

Drake Calleja Trust – Annual Scholars’ Showcase Concert

On May 20, the UN Ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel serves as the venue for the annual Drake Calleja Trust Scholars’ Showcase Concert. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite for this special event, where Joseph Calleja will appear in performance alongside winners of the Trust’s Scholarships. Learn more about the organization at DrakeCallejaTrust.org.

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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?