August 23, 2017

Odds and ends from Festspielzeit

We are continuing our series of conversations, in the Salzburg Festival Society — and our fourth guest is Joseph Calleja, the Maltese tenor. What a beautiful voice he owns. Last night, he sang in I due Foscari, the Verdi opera, along with Plácido Domingo, the great tenor — great former tenor — who is now singing baritone. Domingo is an astounding 76. That may not be astounding for a conductor. Or for a writer. But for an opera singer? View Article

August 19, 2017

The Granaries are set for Joseph Calleja and Andrea Bocelli’s concert

Joseph Calleja and Andrea Bocelli, two of the world’s greatest tenors, are set to share the stage on the Granaries this evening for one of the most anticipated musical evenings of the year. The concert will be marking 20 years since Mr Calleja’s opera debut, where he is now known as one of the biggest names in the field. The concert will also feature Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the BOV Joseph Calleja Children’s Choir under the direction of Gillian Zammit. View Article

July 16, 2017

Andrea Bocelli sings Joseph Calleja’s praises

Legendary voice will sing at Maltese tenor’s yearly concert at the Granaries

Legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli has hailed Joseph Calleja as “one of the greatest protagonists of the current lyrical scene” as the two prepare to share the stage in Malta next month.

“The quality of his vibrato, the sweetness of his timbre, the sensitive approach in his interpretations make him a complete artist able to meet and fulfil the de-mands required by the great operatic masterpieces,” Mr Bocelli told The Sunday Times of Malta.  View Article

July 14, 2017

Joseph Calleja’s Guide To Malta

Corinthiaby Corinthia Hotels | Joseph Calleja is one of Malta’s most internationally renowned opera singers. Often compared to Italian tenors Pavarotti and Gigli, his is the voice of a generation. Born and raised in Malta, Calleja travels the world but keeps coming back to the island for its beauty, culture and burgeoning music scene. Here, he opens up about opera in Malta, his love for his home and his top tips for visitors. View Article

February 16, 2017

Road Show: Joseph Calleja in Malta

Opera Newsby Opera News | When he speaks of his native country, Joseph Calleja can’t help sounding hyperbolic. “You have seven thousand years of history,” he says. “And it has quite dramatic natural beauty. It also has the intense East–North African light, so painters and photographers love it. Artists tell me that this is like light on steroids.” View Article

February 15, 2017

Joseph Calleja named among opera’s top 10 male voices

Opera Newsby Times of Malta | Tenor Joseph Calleja has been named one of the world’s top 10 male opera voices by French newspaper Le Figaro. Mr. Calleja joined operatic voices such as Vittorio Grigolo and Francesco Meli on the list of male voices to listen out for. The 39-year-old tenor has performed with many of the world’s most famous opera companies and the USA’s National Public Radio has described him as “arguably today’s finest lyrical tenor”. View Article

February 14, 2017

WFMT Impromptu with Joseph Calleja

Opera Newsby WFMT | Join us for a special Valentine’s Day Impromptu featuring Joseph Calleja. The Maltese tenor is back in Chicago to sing the role of Don José in the Lyric Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen. Listen to the Feature

February 11, 2017

Joseph Calleja’s Guide to Malta

TVMby Corinthia Hotels | Joseph Calleja is one of Malta’s most internationally renowned opera singers. Often compared to Italian tenors Pavarotti and Gigli, his is the voice of a generation. Born and raised in Malta, Calleja travels the world but keeps coming back to the island for its beauty, culture and burgeoning music scene. Here, he opens up about opera in Malta, his love for his home and his top tips for visitors. >> How did your passion for Opera first come about? “I’ve loved singing since I was a child, and from a young age I joined my church and school choirs. At the age of 13, my friends and I formed a rock band. I loved singing this genre of music until I discovered operatic singing through American tenor Mario Lanza. As soon as I heard opera, it was the only music I wanted to sing.” View Article

January 17, 2017

Success for Calleja, National Orchestra at opening of Presidency

TVMby TVM | The National Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Brian Schembri executed a programme of lyrical music with the participation of Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja. Concert highlights included Maltese compositions by Charles Camilleri, Carlo Diacono and Joseph Vella. The audience showed its appreciation of the versatility of the Maltese and its admiration for the local talent on occasions of this nature, both when the orchestra was rendering musical excerpts and when it accompanied tenor Joseph Calleja in his interpretation of popular arias. The concert was attended by the country’s highest authorities, among them President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, as well as a number of distinguished visitors, among whom the President of the Regions Committee, Commissioner Karmenu Vella and a number of foreign ambassadors resident in Brussels. View Article

January 4, 2017

Private Cellar: A Collection Born of Song

Wine_Spectatorby Wine Spectator | Known to his fans as the Maltese Tenor, Joseph Calleja performs the arias of Mozart, Verdi and Puccini in the world’s most hallowed opera houses. Amid taking the stage at the likes of London’s Covent Garden and New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Calleja, 38, built a house of his own, in Mellieha, a coastal town in his native Malta. Built around an interior courtyard, the multistory house sits on a ridge overlooking a nature preserve and the Mediterranean Sea. Calleja’s private quarters are on the top two floors, where his collection of top-flight Bordeaux wines resides in a 400-square-foot cellar next to his office. View Article

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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?