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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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September 27th, 2014

Malta’s 50th birthday.

Unfortunately work commitments prevented me from being present for the 50th Anniversary of Malta’s independence. By all accounts the show was quite something and Prince William seemed genuinely charmed by my fellow islanders. Kudos to the government and the organizers.

I sometimes wonder how the Maltese people managed to achieve so much in relatively little time. Lets not kid ourselves – we are a very small island and  in the middle of nowhere to boot. As yet we can boast 7,000 years of history, our own unique culture, language and a populace that, throughout the ages, has  repeatedly demonstrated  that it could rise to the occasion and punch above its weight when it really matters.  And how I wish, that it “matters” more often!

I simply hate it when I see some of my fellow countrymen squabble over a few votes and losing all principles whilst rubbishing great ideas just because they come from the other side of the fence. I can’t understand why there is a certain fanatical mindset, on both sides, that thinks only one half of the population is fit to “lead” the nation and should do so indefinitely. Can it please be a battle of ideas rather than “parading” colors in peacock like fashion?  For example – individuals who are simply not fit for purpose, should be treated exactly as such and not given positions of “pseudo importance” because it was “politically convenient” at the time.

The current government won the past elections with an historic majority, the likes of which we have never seen. Such a big win means power and this power surely must be “cashed” into responsibility. This majority has to be used to tackle certain hot issues and implement changes where necessary.

It’s easy to dismiss my words as “uninformed” or “utopian” but the thing is that I have travelled the world, pretty much constantly for the past 17 years. The more I see and soak in different cultures and experiences, the more I realize how much untapped potential Malta still has. Surely the management of our environment, education, infrastructure  and culture is in need of tweaking or a complete overhaul in some cases.

The good news is that I can see it happening already. The bad news is that it might not be happening as fast as it should. I really hope that our dynamic leaders do not mess up things in the end game and may the next 50 years be a time when we Maltese understand what we were, what we are now and what we could turn into if we truly become a united nation. It matters now…