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

March 15th, 2015

We are not a nation of bird killers!

Ask anyone to identify the one single thing that gives Malta a bad name abroad and the answer will be hunting. So much misinformation has been spewed in local and foreign press about what goes on, supposedly, in the Maltese islands that there are actually people that believe that in Malta hunters really do kill millions of birds annually. I even received various ridiculous messages on my social media requesting that I lobby with the Maltese government to stop the “traditional eating” of song birds. For the record we don’t eat songbirds and the only game we really eat is quail and turtle dove. Both are eaten on the continent so nothing exotic going on here.

There is of course a degree of illegal hunting in Malta, just like in any other country in the world where hunting takes place. This is deplorable and the perpetrators should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law but to say that we somehow effect worldwide bird population or that millions of bird killings takes place in Malta is not only hyperbole and preposterous but it is a downright lie. Unfortunately it makes for good press and exciting television and Malta’s miniscule geographical proportions makes it an ideal location to monitor and document every single illegality, if one would really want to and some do. Of course the majority of hunters are law abiding citizens and a lot of unfair reputational damage has been done to the Maltese islands internationally by overzealous individuals and organizations who, quite frankly, should know better. Think about it. Where is one most likely to spot and film illegalities? Certainly not in countries with thousands of hectares of available hunting grounds away from it all. No question that Malta is a much easier target for those who want to document hunting whether in its legal or illegal.

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