May 26, 2015

Harper’s Bazaar: Joseph Calleja at the Royal Opera House

Bazaar_Harpersby George Smart | Joseph Calleja speaks about singing Rodolfo in the Royal Opera House’s La Bohème on the eve of the company’s final performances of John Copley’s iconic production. View Article

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 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



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March 30th, 2015

Tracheitis – a singer’s worst nightmare?

It is without doubt that trauma to the vocal folds is a singer’s worst nightmare. Burst veins, nodules etc. is really bad news and can end a career if not treated with utmost care. Thankfully I never had to deal with the latter but what I had to face, very recently, was a terrible influenza which left me with tracheitis, which is a much dreaded inflammation of the wind pipe. My excellent doctor put me on antibiotics which dealt with the bacterial infection but what can one do with the irritation that the infection leaves behind in the trachea? Not much I am afraid. Steam inhalations and pulmicort (inhaled steroid)  will help control the cough but it can have the side effect of leaving you with candida (fungus) in your larynx that will also impair your singing. Loads of alcohol and caffeine free fluids is strongly recommended and cold air is a definite “no no” during recovery.  Humidifying the air where you live is also imperative especially in the bedroom.

In the end it boils down to keeping the immune system as  healthy as possible. Probiotics, good sleep and exercise will do wonders to prevent sickness or to speed up recovery if one succumbs to a bug.

Last but not least NEVER self medicate and always seek out the opinion of a trusted doctor!