Press

March 24, 2014

NPR: Tiny Desk Concert

mza_6071420824641801668.600x600-75Joseph Calleja performs works by Tchaikovsky, Tosti, and Puccini on NPR’s popular series. View Video

January 23, 2014

Euronews: The tragic and stormy love story in Puccini’s La Bohème at the New York Met

jc euronews“Puccini was a very naughty man – I wanted to use an even harsher word. I mean, for Puccini, the human soul is like a harp, and with his music he manages to pluck the right chord at exactly the right time,” said Joseph Calleja. View Video

September 6, 2013

Classic FM: Joseph Calleja

jc classic fmJoseph appears in interview with Classic FM to discuss his newest album, Amore. View Video

August 24, 2013

Daily Mail: Lend us a tenor

jc-amore-1by Joseph Calleja | Joseph Calleja explains the beauty of his home island Malta. View Article

March 20, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times: Joseph Calleja the latest tenor to pay homage to Mario Lanza on CD

jc be my loveby Laura Emerick | ”Opera singers also are showmen,” Calleja said. “After all, what is opera singing but the giving of emotions? And this is what Lanza did best.” View Article

January 27, 2013

NTR Podium: Belcanto

jc ntrJoseph appears on De Nederlandse Publieke Omroep’s popular series on the performing arts. View Video

January 1, 2013

ForumOpera.com: Joseph Calleja: « Ma voix est un Saint-Emilion ! »

jc be my loveBy Christophe Rizoud | Fort du succès de son dernier album en forme d’hommage à Mario Lanza, Be my Love, le ténor maltais a la banane et parle ouvertement de sa voix, de ses projets, de l’opéra, de Pavarotti, du contre-ut et de son poids. View Article

September 8, 2012

The Telegraph: Proms 2012: Joseph Calleja galvanises Maltese youth with choir

bbc-prom1by Ivan Hewett | The tenor Joseph Calleja tells Ivan Hewett why creating a choir back in Malta is taking priority over all else. View Article

 

September 6, 2012

The Guardian: Joseph Calleja – the tenor who is Malta’s national treasure

jc amore 2by Imogen Tilden | Joseph Calleja’s graceful tenor harks back to the great voices of the past. But he takes the comparisons with Pavarotti in his stride. View Article

 

 

July 23, 2012

Classic FM: Joseph Calleja on tackling Mario Lanza

by Lucy Coward | Joseph Calleja talks to Classic FM’s Lucy Coward about his new tribute album to Mario Lanza, his career to date and his various water-based hobbies.  View Article

 

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Joseph's Blog

April 8th, 2014

Defending the indefensible

On the 3rd of April my daughter turned 10. Having a child is such a priceless gift and big responsibility and that is why any responsible parent should  invest all the love, time and money in the child’s formation, with the hope, that such child will grow up into a responsible and considerate individual…

A Maltese family recently had their child stripped away from them in such an unnecessary and irresponsible fashion after she associated with someone who should have been a source of guidance for their daughter and not, as it seems, the road to her absolutely tragic demise. I therefore couldn’t believe my eyes when I found myself reading actual messages of support, on the internet and in various forums,  for this teacher. A “teacher” who abused his position of trust by sleeping with his minor student, sometimes in her father’s own home,  and planned their supposedly joint “suicide” over a number of days. I have the greatest sympathy and pity for his parents, especially since they are known to be a decent lot but I find it very hard to conjure a lot of kind thoughts for him I am afraid.

What is even more unbelievable are those who are stating that this is a “rich” vrs “poor” situation or a battle of ”classes” of some sort. Are the latter going insane? Are they actually saying that the death of this 15 year old girl, a daughter, a cousin, a niece etc, is less serious or tragic because she hailed from a prominent and well off family and the perpetrator is poor so he should have our sympathy? I also read that this happened because she was “disturbed.” Even if she was, since when does this warrant or deserve a death sentence?

There is no denying that sometimes, some of us, lose the plot and the correct sense of perspective. Another example is www.timesofmalta.com,  the web portal for Malta’s most prominent and respected newspaper. It had recently  ran two stories; 1. the killing of migratory birds 2. the killing of dozens of Syrian toddlers and pre adolescent children slaughtered in the conflict. Both stories had the same, very visible, exposure on the site. As yet, the story about the bird killings had literally hundreds of comments and the one about the slaughtered children, which included pictures of the dead children, had perhaps 8 comments. Now of course I am really sorry that beautiful migratory birds where shot out of the sky but this is no way comparable to the death of innocent children who’s only crime was being born in the wrong time and country. The hundreds of comments should have been on the story about the dead Syrian children and its really sad and telling that this was not the case.

Our collective morality needs an urgent retune and to all of you out there who think your problems are insurmountable please to think again. Help is at hand and much closer than you think…