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)
November 6, 2015
Joseph Calleja’s first performances as Boito’s Faust in Mefistofele have earned the Maltese tenor acclaim from audiences and critics:
“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)
“Toll ist auch Joseph Callejas Faust, alles klingt fein und dynamisch.” (Deutschlandradio Kultur)
“Für das Himmlische an diesem Abend ist Faust zuständig – mit der Stimme von Joseph Calleja: Leichtigkeit, Eleganz und Leuchtkraft, Sicherheit und endlose Bögen – Joseph Callejas Tenor hat alles. Er liebt und leidet. Calleja spielt kaum, aber das schadet nicht an diesem vor Aktionismus überschäumenden Abend.” (Bayerische Rundfunk)
Joseph also earned acclaim for his recent concert at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper on November 3, which ushered in the 2015 European Central Bank’s Kulturtage, which was this year dedicated to Malta.
“Weich bis in die Spitzen sind seine hohen Töne, gut gemacht sein Einsatz der Kopfstimme, und nachgerade großartig seine Ausgestaltung des „O figli, o figli miei!“ aus Giuseppe Verdis „Macbeth“ – der Oper übrigens, mit der er als 19-Jähriger auf der Opernbühne debütiert hatte. Ohne jeden Druck in der Stimme, offenbar mit riesigen Reserven. Nicht einmal bei der obligatorischen „O sole mio“-Zugabe mit ihren üblichen „wer kann länger“-Spielchen schwillt ihm die Halsschlagader. Gesünder kann man das nicht singen.” (Frankfurter Rundschau)
(Photo: Wilfried Hösl)
October 30, 2015
The Metropolitan Opera’s 2014 production of Macbeth, starring Joseph Calleja in the heroic role of Macduff, is now available worldwide on DVD and Blu-ray. The revival of Adrian Noble’s gritty take on Verdi’s opera opened the Met Live in HD season and earned Joseph acclaim in his “luxuriously cast” role (Financial Times).
In the Scottish opera, the Maltese tenor stars opposite Zeljko Lucic in the title role, Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth, and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.
(Photo: Marty Sohl/The Metropolitan Opera)
October 28, 2015
The October 31 issue of Wine Spectator profiles Joseph Calleja’s extensive wine cellar. Likening oenophiles to operaphiles, the magazine notes “As Calleja has grown into a more seasoned Bordeaux connoisseur, he’s discovered more and more parallels between the development of a fine wine and that of a distinctive voice. Both winemakers and opera singers need raw material of exceptional quality and distinction. For winemakers, it is a vineyard’s terroir; for singers, it is a voice’s timbre. Both vocations involve long periods of development to reach excellence. Both reward consistency.”
Joseph adds in the interview, “No great career has come out of one performance, and no great house has earned its reputation from one vintage.”