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December 27, 2017

Tosca at the Royal Opera House

From January 15 until February 7, Joseph Calleja portrays Cavaradossi in Tosca, one of Puccini’s most beloved operas, at the Royal Opera House. As Tosca’s (Adrianne Pieczonka) doomed lover, he reprises a role he’s sung in the past to great critical acclaim.

Of Mr. Calleja’s role debut at Grange Park Opera, Bachtrack stated “the sheer warmth of the voice and the easy swell of his phrasing couldn’t fail to seduce” and The Independent stated “Calleja’s glorious singing makes the whole trip worthwhile”.

For more information and tickets, click here.

December 12, 2017

Joseph Calleja Brings To Life Verdi’s Heros And Villains With New Album

Joseph Calleja returns with a new album, Verdi, due for release on February 2. The album sees Calleja explore the light and dark in Verdi’s heroic tenor roles and features guest appearances from soprano Angela Gheorghiu and baritone Vittorio Vitelli.

For more information about this upcoming release, click here.

Pre-order your album via Amazon or on iTunes.

Click here to watch the album’s trailer.

November 24, 2017

New CD release: The Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary gala

The Metropolitan Opera has announced the release of its 50th Anniversary Gala on a 3-CD set featuring the artists that performed on May 7, 2017, when the Met celebrated its golden anniversary in Lincoln Center.

The artists featured on the historic night include Piotr Beczała, Ben Bliss, Stephanie Blythe, Joseph Calleja, Javier Camarena, Dwayne Croft, Diana Damrau, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Yusif Eyvazov, Michael Fabiano, Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Susan Graham, Vittorio Grigolo, Gunther Groissböck, Christopher Job, Mariusz Kwiecien, Isabel Leonard, Željko Lučić, Angela Meade, Latonia Moore, James Morris, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, Eric Owens, René Pape, Matthew Polenzani Sava Vemic, Michael Volle, Yunpeng Wang, Pretty Yende, Sonya Yoncheva and Dolora Zajick. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who recently passed away, made an unscheduled appearance that surprised and delighted the audience.

For more information and to purchase a copy of this CD set, click here.

October 26, 2017

Joseph Calleja fundraising concert

The fifth edition of the BOV Joseph Calleja Fundraising Concert is being held on Friday at the Palace state rooms in Valletta. Following the concert, patrons will be invited to attend a reception at the Casino Maltese.

The annual fundraiser will feature Calleja performing along with a number of scholars who have been supported by the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the foundation.

Over the past year, the foundation has sponsored additional scholars, increasing the number to 28. Besides voice scholars (sopranos, mezzo sopranos, baritones and tenors), there are dancers, actors, instrumentalists and composers.

For more information and tickets, click here.

October 25, 2017

Joseph Calleja sings Cavaradossi in Munich

Joseph Calleja returns to Munich in the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, which he sang for the first time last season at Grange Park Opera and gave an “unforgettable” performance (The Stage). The performances take place November 8, 11, 14, & 17. He’s joined by a fantastic cast feauring Anja Harteros in the title role and Željko Lučić as Scarpia. Daniele Callegari conducts.

For more information and tickets, click here.

October 17, 2017

Joseph Calleja interviewed at Casa Italiana in NYC

The first “Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin” of this season features Joseph Calleja, who is currently singing Pollione at the Met’s new production of Norma and will appear in the role through December.

The interview will take place on October 17 at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.

October 15, 2017

Joseph Calleja featured on Angela Gheorghiu’s new album

October 12, 2017

Times of Malta: Joseph Calleja in annual fund raising concert on October 27

The fifth edition of the BOV Joseph Calleja Fund Raising Concert is being held on Friday, October 27 at the Palace State Rooms at the Palace in Valletta.

All proceeds from the concert will go towards the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation.
Over the past year, the foundation has sponsored additional scholars, increasing the number to 28 – all of whom will be performing at the concert.

Benefactors who attend the concert will also have the opportunity to meet Joseph Calleja and the guest scholars during a reception hosted at Casino Maltese following the concert.

Seats for the concert are available against a donation of €100 each. Tickets may be reserved by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

Further information about the concert and the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation can be found at http://www.bovjosephcallejafoundation.com

Times of Malta

September 27, 2017

Calleja “powerful and commanding” as Pollione at the Metropolitan Opera

“The golden voice of Joseph Calleja at least made the vocal part a joy to listen to–he sent free, radiant tone into the house all night without a hint of effort.”

Eric C. Simpson – New York Classical Review

“It was a glittering and glamorous audience of New York’s social elite who showered a cast that also featured the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja as Pollione, the third side of Bellini’s ill-fated love triangle, with a standing ovation that went on and on and included Carlo Rizzi’s masterful leading of the superb Met Orchestra and Chorus and McVicar’s creative team … Calleja has a powerful and commanding voice that is secure in the upper register … his duet with Radvanovsky in the final scene was emotional and affecting.”

Wilborn Hampton – The Huffington Post

“Joseph Calleja brought vocal heft and physical power to Pollione …”

Kim Feltkamp – Operawire

“…  sensitive work from tenor Joseph Calleja …”

Mark McLaren – ZEALnyc

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.

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Joseph's Blog

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?