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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

December 27, 2016

Teatru Manoel packed for the BOV Joseph Calleja Fund Raising Christmas Concert

Bazaar_Harpersby The Malta Independent | The BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation held its annual Fund Raising Concert on the 7 December 2016. This year, the 300-year old Teatru Manoel provided the backdrop for this 90-minute programme that saw Joseph Calleja accompanied by several of the Foundation’s scholars, and the initimable Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Mro Brian Schembri. Simone Attard accompanied the soloists at the piano. View Article

December 23, 2016

Full house for BOV Joseph Calleja fund raising Christmas Concert

News Maltaby Gozo News Wire | The BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation held its annual Fund Raising Concert earlier this month. This year, the 300-year old Teatru Manoel provided the best backdrop possible for this 90-minute programme that saw Joseph Calleja accompanied by several of the Foundation’s scholars, and the inimitable Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Mro Brian Schembri. Simone Attard accompanied the soloists at the piano. View Article

December 19, 2016

Forum Opéra: Joseph Calleja, album Verdi en cours

Forum Operaby Christophe Rizoud | De tous les grands ténors du moment, il est un de ceux qui ne sont jamais invités à l’Opéra de Paris. Pourquoi? Joseph Calleja, pourtant, maîtrise comme nul autre un art de la demi-teinte qu’il met actuellement à profit dans l’enregistrement d’un album Verdi. View Article

November 26, 2016

BBC3 Music Matters Interview

Bazaar_HarpersBBC3 Radio Interview | Joseph Calleja talks of the frustrations that come with looking after his voice. Listen to the feature

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

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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?