August 25, 2016
Joseph Calleja kicks off his 2016-17 season with a new role in a new production at the Royal Opera House. Singing Pollione in Bellini’s Norma for the first time, the Maltese tenor stars in a production helmed by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus. The new take on this bel canto classic will also launch the Royal Opera House’s season.
Joseph stars opposite Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, with Sonia Ganassi rounding out the love triangle as Adalgisa. Antonio Pappano conducts the performances, which take place September 12, 16 ,20, 23, 26, and October 1, 4, and 8.
August 10, 2016
2016-17 season highlights include role debut in London, Verdi in Vienna, and more in Munich, Berlin, Chicago & New York
Following a landmark 2015-16 season that was bookended by two role debuts as Boito’s Mefistofele and Bizet’s Don José, Joseph Calleja launches his 2016-17 season with another major role debut as Pollione in Bellini’s Norma at the Royal Opera House.
The Maltese tenor stars opposite Sonya Yoncheva in the title role in a new season-opening production for Covent Garden (September 12, 16, 20, 23, 26; October 1, 4, 8). September 26’s performance will be simulcast in cinemas as part of the ROH Live series.
Hot on the heels of his role debut in Frankfurt, Joseph returns to Don José with his first U.S. performances of the role in a new production of Carmen at Lyric Opera of Chicago (February 11, 15, 19, 22, 28; March 3, 6). He also reprises Boito’s Faust at the Bayerische Staatsoper (November 4, 7, 10).
Verdi and Puccini also factor into Joseph’s season schedule, beginning with the former’s Requiem performed at Vienna’s Musikverein (October 22, 23). Following a reprisal of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème in Berlin (January 3, 6), Joseph once again revisits Verdi for another of his signature roles, that of the Duke of Mantova in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera (April 19, 22, 27).
July 28, 2016
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July 22, 2016
Joseph Calleja’s annual Maltese summer concert takes place this year on July 28 at Fosos in Floriana. An annual tradition for the home-grown tenor and one of the highlights of his performance calendar, this year’s guest lineup features two legendary singer-songwriters representing Italy and the United States: Antonello Venditti and Suzanne Vega.
Steven Mercurio leads the evening from the podium with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Also featured is the BOV Joseph Calleja Children’s Choir, under the direction of Gillian Zammit.
July 18, 2016
Brokering another deal with the devil, Joseph Calleja stars in Mefistofele with Münchner Opernfestspiele
Following his role debut as Boito’s Faust with the company at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Joseph Calleja returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper’s production of Mefistofele presented as part of the Münchner Opernfestspiele July 21 and 24.
“Dafür singt Calleja, wie man es sich hinreißender nicht vorstellen kann. Wenn er den Mund aufmacht, scheint es, als ob auf der Bühne das Licht angeknipst wird. … enormer stimmlicher Präsenz, wachsweichen Phrasen, musterhaft entwickelten Höhen, mit einer einsam leuchtenden vokalen Qualität.” (Merkur)
The Maltese tenor stars opposite René Pape in the title role with Kristine Opolais as Margherita, Heike Grötzinger as Marta, and Andrea Borghini as Wagner. The revival of Roland Schwab’s production reunites the cast with conductor Omer Meir Wellber. Limited tickets remain.
(Photo: Wilfried Hösl)
July 8, 2016
On July 16, Joseph Calleja returns to Orange, France for an open-air performance of Verdi’s mighty Requiem with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. A frequent interpreter of the work, the Maltese tenor is joined by soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano Ekaterina Gubanova, and bass Vitalij Kowaljow and the Choir of the Orfeón Donostiarra.
June 24, 2016
Having invited the Welsh bass-baritone to join him for his annual summer concert in Malta in 2014, Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja now joins Terfel for a concert in his home country as part of the Llangollen International Musical Festival.
Now in its 70th year, the Festival hosts the two singers on July 7 with the Sinfonia Cymru and conductor Gareth Jones for a classical gala of arias and duets. Mezzo-soprano and fellow Welsh singer Eirlys Myfanwy Davis, also appears on the lineup.
(Photo: Bill Cooper)
May 24, 2016
In a 2015-16 season bookended by role debuts, beginning with Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele, Joseph Calleja now sings his first Don José in Bizet’s Carmen with Oper Frankfurt.
In a production by Barrie Kosky conducted by Constantinos Carydis, the Maltese tenor stars opposite Paula Murrihy in the tempestuous title role. Karen Vuong sings José’s sweetheart Micaëla, and Daniel Schmutzhard is the toreador Escamillo.
Joseph can be heard in the role June 5, 10, 15, 19, 25, and 29 and July 3; he is also scheduled to reprise the role with Lyric Opera of Chicago in the company’s 2016-17 season.
May 19, 2016
Joseph Calleja begins his summer performance season with a role debut as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at Oper Frankfurt, June 5 through July 3. In the perennially popular work, the Maltese tenor stars opposite Paula Murrihy in the title role, with Daniel Schmutzhard as Escamillo and Karen Vuong as Micaëla. Constantinos Carydis conducts Barrie Kosky’s production.
Later in July, Joseph will be back in Germany for two performances at the Bayerische Staatsoper as part of the Munich Opera Festival. On July 21 and 24, he returns to Boito’s Mefistofele, a role debut earlier this season that earned him acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
A few days following the run of Carmen in Frankfurt, Joseph heads to Llangollen, Wales to co-headline a concert with Bryn Terfel at the Llangollen International Music Festival on July 7. Concerts for Joseph continue with Verdi’s Requiem at the Chorégies d’Orange on July 16.
Joseph’s summer season culminates in his annual open-air concert in his home country of Malta. Held this year on July 28 at Fosos in Floriana, the event will feature special guest Antonello Venditti together with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and BOV Joseph Calleja Children’s Choir. Fans can also choose part of the musical lineup for this event by commenting here on Joseph’s Facebook.
April 22, 2016
On May 2, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat will launch a nationwide deployment of Meludia following Joseph Calleja’s championship of the the French web-based music learning platform. Access for an initial three-year period will be granted gratis to every resident and visitor of the Maltese tenor’s home country in an effort to increase music literacy.
“Meludia is intuitively interactive, fun and it will bring musical education to a new level,” said Joseph, who is also active with the BOV Joseph Calleja foundation to foster music education for underprivileged children. “I am thrilled that it will be available to anyone in Malta that wants to boost his or her musical education or start from scratch.”
As part of the launch, a team from Meludia will spend two weeks in Malta to introduce the platform in primary schools, universities, community centers, retirement homes, hospitals, and prisons.