May 12, 2015

Joseph Calleja stars in final performances of John Copley’s La Bohème in London

The final Royal Opera House performances of John Copley’s iconic production of La Bohème will see house favorite Joseph Calleja in the role of Rodolfo. The Maltese tenor joins Anna Netrebko as Mimì under the baton of Dan Ettinger.

Opened in 1974 and counted as the longest-running production in the ROH’s history, La Bohème opens May 23 and is feted with a post-performance celebration. June 10 marks another milestone when the performance is broadcast around the world as part of the Royal Opera’s live cinema relay series. Joseph gives five other performances as Rodolfo May 30, June 2, 5, and 8.

May 5, 2015

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May 1, 2015

Spring highlights for Joseph Calleja include La Bohème in London, gala concerts in Bratislava, Paris, and Amsterdam

Joseph Calleja’s landmark winter, which included an acclaimed U.S. recital debut and an equally well-received return to the Metropolitan Opera for Lucia di Lammermoor, is turning towards a spring with equally auspicious engagements that see the Maltese tenor back in Europe. At the Royal Opera House, Joseph sings opposite Anna Netrebko in a revival of Puccini’s La Bohème, the company’s final performances of John Copley’s iconic production — the longest-running production in ROH’s history. La Bohème opens May 23 to a post-performance celebration of the production and continues through June 10, which is also the date for the performance’s live cinecast around the world.

From there, Joseph continues his season of gala concerts in Europe’s musical capitals with stops in Bratislava (June 16), Paris (June 19) and Amsterdam (June 22).

Looking ahead to the summer, Joseph’s concert and opera schedule continues with performances in Berlin, Orange, Munich, and Hannover, culminating with his annual Maltese Summer Concert on August 3 at Luxol in Pembroke, Malta. Platinum recording artist Anastacia joins for the event, with additional guest artists to be announced.

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April 23, 2015

Joseph Calleja gives a Boston recital full of “radiant warmth”

Joseph Calleja’s U.S. recital debuts in Kansas City and Boston were received with bravos from audiences in both cities with additional high notes coming in the form of critical acclaim. Of his Celebrity Series of Boston recital at Jordan Hall, the Boston Globe wrote, “He was heroic in the romantic songs: Caldara’s ‘Alma del core,’ Donaudy’s ‘Vaghissima sembianza,’ Tosti’s ‘Ideale.’ He conveyed the torment of the bereaved Macduff in ‘Ah, la paterna mano,’ from Verdi’s Macbeth; from a hushed beginning he built to tragedy in ‘È la solita storia del pastore,’ from Cilea’s L’Arlesiana, and in ‘E lucevan le stelle,’ from Puccini’s Tosca.

The Boston Classical Review added that, “The tenor sings with radiant warmth with a rapid vibrato that gives his voice a vibrant touch … His singing was mesmerizing. With dark, penetrating tone, Calleja rendered a powerful and sensitive ‘Pourquois me réveiller’ from Massenet’s Werther. The angst-filled aria provided ample opportunity for the tenor to deliver the expressive goods, singing his phrases with full-throated tone while still being capable of lofting the soft passages with the utmost delicacy.”

“In Caldara’s ‘Alma del Core,’ and Pergolesi’s ‘Nina,’ straightforward and affecting songs, he showed that he can sing a simple love song and sell it, without elaborate ornaments, just straightforward beautiful singing: drop-dead-gorgeous singing. You could have heard a pin drop,” noted the Boston Musical Intelligencer. “He had us all in the palm of his hand: it was absolutely magical.”

April 10, 2015

Joseph Calleja makes U.S. recital debut with performances in Kansas City and Boston

Following performances as Edgardo in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Lucia di Lammermoor, Joseph Calleja makes his U.S. recital debut with performances in Kansas City (April 14) and Boston (April 17). The Maltese tenor is joined by pianist Kevin Miller for two evenings of song and arias, highlights of which include Tchaikovsky’s “None but the lonely heart,” “Ombra mai fu” from Handel’s Xerxes, further arias from Les contes d’Hoffmann, Macbeth, and Tosca, and Tosti’s “Ideale” and “La serenata.”

Joseph made his North American recital debut earlier this season at the Club Musical de Québec. April 14’s performance takes place at the famed Folly Theater. April 17’s recital is given as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston.

March 20, 2015

Una Noche de México in Puerto Rico

This Sunday, Joseph Calleja heads from New York to Puerto Rico for a concert at San Juan’s Teatro Bertita y Guillermo L. Martínez. Joining soprano Ailyn Pérez, the Maltese tenor headlines “Una Noche de México,” an evening of songs and duets that capture the Mexican spirit. The concert comes in between Joseph’s acclaimed performances as Edgardo in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Lucia di Lammermoor. 

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March 18, 2015

An “affecting and exciting” Edgardo at the Metropolitan Opera

Joseph Calleja’s return to the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor earned a resounding ovation on Monday night, with special praise coming from the press. The New York Times credits the “invaluable” Maltese tenor for bringing “glamor and passion” to Donizetti’s moorish tragedy, writing that Joseph “sang Edgardo with plangent vigor. The characteristic sob in his throat…was both affecting and exciting.”

The Huffington Post likewise wrote that his “back-to-back arias in the final scene — ‘Tombe degli avi miei’ and ‘Fra poco a me ricovero’ were wonderfully moving and tragic.”

“He turned in a performance as Edgardo that was nothing less than first-rate,” wrote the New York Classical Review. “His dramatic commitment was absolute.”

Lucia di Lammermoor continues at the Metropolitan Opera through April 10, with a worldwide radio broadcast on March 28.

(Photo: Cory Weaver/The Metropolitan Opera)

March 3, 2015

Joseph Calleja returns to Metropolitan Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor

On March 16, Joseph Calleja returns to New York for his second production of the season with the Metropolitan Opera. The Maltese tenor reprises his acclaimed account of Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, starring in Mary Zimmerman’s moorish production through April 10.

Joseph was last seen in the Met’s Lucia in 2011, where he was praised by the Associated Press for “an Edgardo of exceptional elegance…at his best in the final scene, when Edgardo pours out his grief in a heartbreaking two-part aria, before stabbing himself so he can join Lucia in death. This was golden age vocalism, pure and simple.” The New York Times added, “Joseph Calleja was sensationally ardent as Lucia’s lover, Edgardo, one of the best roles of his young, exciting Met career. In so many productions, the tomb scene that ends the opera seems hopelessly anticlimactic after Lucia’s unraveling, but in this performance Donizetti’s structure finally made sense. It felt more like Edgardo’s tragedy than Lucia’s, so why not let him have the last, gorgeously eloquent word?”

(Photo: Ken Howard)

February 18, 2015

Joseph Calleja makes house role debut as Gabriele Adorno at the Met in 2016

As revealed in today’s 2015-16 season announcement, Joseph Calleja will return to the Metropolitan Opera next April for the company’s revival of Simon Boccanegra. Verdi’s Venetian drama hears the Maltese tenor as Gabriele Adorno, opposite Plácido Domingo in the title role and with James Levine conducting. Also heard in Giancarlo del Monaco’s production are Ferruccio Furlanetto as Jacopo Fiesco and Lianna Haroutounian as Amelia Grimaldi. Performances run April 1, 5, 9, 13, and 16.

Having sung the role across Europe, including for a Decca Classics recording with Thomas Hampson and Kristine Opolais, Joseph now sings Gabriele Adorno for the first time at the Met. The Guardian called his interpretation “outstanding…fully vindicating the integrity and complexity of a role that some tenors have regarded as being insufficiently starry and have refused to sing.” Opera Britannia wrote, “Gabriele Adorno is probably Joseph Calleja’s best Verdi role.”


Joseph Calleja returns to Bayerische Staatsoper’s Madama Butterfly this week

Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper to once again star as Pinkerton in the company’s production of Madama Butterfly. Having last sung the role in Munich last June, Joseph now sings the role for two performances February 21 and 26, opposite Kristine Opolais in the title role. Stefano Ranzani conducts the performances, which revive Wolf Busse’s production. Joseph will also sing a later performance of Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper this July.

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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?