March 7, 2016
Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja has been named one of the 2016 inductees into the Royal Academy of Music’s Honorary Members. A regular presence on London’s opera and concert stages, Joseph joins a roster that includes Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland, Paul McCartney, Nicolai Gedda, Joyce DiDonato, and Plácido Domingo.
The elite membership is limited to 300 members with the award to be presented by the Duchess of Gloucester in July.
February 29, 2016
Joseph Calleja’s Romeo in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new Roméo et Juliette has earned the Maltese tenor acclaim for a “megawatt tenor,” “robust passion,” and an “effortlessly clarion sound.”
“Calleja cut a suitably dashing, Byronesque figure and produced a big, bright, effortlessly clarion sound that rang to thrilling effect in Romeo’s balcony-scene cavatina ‘Ah! leve-toi, soleil!’ The Maltese tenor also summoned palpable anguish for his Act 3 finale ‘Ah! jour de deuil,’” wrote the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune also praised “the robust passion he poured into his portrayal of the doomed hero,” and noted that the “detailed direction” of the production allowed “[this] appealing singing [actor] to penetrate deeply into the music, French text, and dramatic scheme.”
“Joseph Calleja sings splendidly, reminiscent of Alfredo Kraus in quieter moments,” wrote New City Stage. Bachtrack added that the Maltese tenor “makes the role brawny and sympathetic, crackling from the first note with a megawatt tenor that doesn’t let up.” “When Joseph Calleja as Romeo (at performances through March 8) joins [Susanna Phillips as Juliet] in their first duet, it’s no less than pure joy to hear,” noted BroadwayWorld.com.
February 17, 2016
As announced by the company earlier today, Joseph Calleja returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the 2016-17 season. The Maltese tenor revisits the role of the Duke of Mantova in the company’s revival of Rigoletto, starring in Michael Mayer’s Vegas-inspired production. Joseph sings opposite Olga Peretyatko as Gilda and Zeljko Lucic in the title role April 19, 22, and 27. Pier Giorgio Morando conducts.
January 15, 2016
On January 22, Joseph Calleja returns to London for a Southbank Centre concert held at Royal Festival Hall.
The Maltese tenor brings with him a selection of his favorite arias from the canon of Verdi, including selections from Rigoletto, La traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Un ballo in maschera, and Macbeth. Joseph is joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Ramón Tebar.
December 23, 2015
Joseph Calleja begins 2016 with a return to Germany. At Berlin’s Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, the Maltese tenor reprises his signature role of Rodolfo in La Bohème, giving performances as Puccini’s penniless poet January 8, 16, and 19.
Under the baton of Domingo Hindoyan, Joseph stars opposite Sonya Yoncheva as Mimì, with Anna Samuil as Musetta and Arttu Kataja as Marcello in a production by Lindy Hume. January 19’s closing event will also be a Staatsoper Family Performance.
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December 10, 2015
Joseph Calleja joins prominent members of the opera community as an honoree of the 2016 Opera News Award. The Maltese tenor has been lauded as “one of the finest lyric tenors in the world” (Opera News) and will be presented the award at the April 10 gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Opera News recognized five singers this year, honoring Elina Garanca, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko, and José van Dam. Tickets for this gala evening are tax deductible and available on The Metropolitan Opera Guild website.
December 8, 2015
For the third year running, Joseph Calleja will presents his Christmas concert to raise funds for the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation. The Maltese tenor will perform at San Pawl tat-Targa’s Divine Mercy Chapel on December 20.
In what’s becoming a tradition on par with his annual summer concert, Joseph will be accompanied by a number of artists who are currently benefitting from the Foundation’s support of musically-gifted young artists.
December 7, 2015
On December 13 and 18, Joseph Calleja gives two gala concerts. Beginning at Moscow’s Novaya Opera on December 13, the Maltese tenor offers a signature program of arias and song alongside conductor Constantine Orbelian and the Orchestra of the Novaya Opera Theatre.
On December 18, Joseph is heard at Düsseldorf’s famed Tonhalle opposite soprano Hibla Gerzmava in an evening of arias and duets. In addition to solo works from Tosca and Adriana Lecouvreur, Joseph gives duets with Gerzmava from La Bohème and La Traviata as well as music for the Advent season.
November 20, 2015
Following a highly-acclaimed role debut as Boito’s Faust in the Bayerische Staatsoper’s company premiere of Mefistofele, Joseph Calleja looks forward to operas and concerts in the US and Europe in the coming months.
December 20 finds Joseph in Malta for his annual Christmas concert to benefit the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation, given at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in San Pawl tat-Targa. The event marks Joseph’s third annual holiday concert in his home country.
Joseph begins 2016 back in Berlin at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater where he sings Rodolfo in three performances of La Bohème January 8, 16, and 19. Following a concert at the Southbank Centre in London on January 22, he then returns to the United States for Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at Lyric Opera of Chicago, February 22 through March 8.
November 10, 2015
On November 15, the Bayerische Staatsoper webcasts its sold-out run of Mefistofele, starring Joseph Calleja as Faust, on Staatsoper.TV. The company’s premiere of Boito’s grand take on the legendary deal with the devil marks the Maltese tenor’s first time in the role, which has been met with tremendous acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
In Roland Schwab’s production, Joseph stars opposite René Pape in the title role and Kristine Opolais as Margherita. Omer Meir Wellber conducts.
(Photo: Wilfried Hösl)