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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

 

July 8, 2012

The Sunday Times: Joseph Calleja nominated for artist of the year

Joseph Calleja has been nominated for the Gramophone Artist of the Year Award. To vote, go to www.gramophone.co.uk/artist-of-the-year-2012View Article

July 7, 2012

di-ve.com: Joseph Calleja, Ronan Keating & Gigi D’Alessio entertain with varied repertoire

Serving as both Tenor and Maltese Cultural Ambassador, Joseph Calleja along with the HSBC Childrens’ Choir gave a stunning performance on the Granaries in Floriana, accompanied by famed Italian singer Gigi D’Alessio and Irish recording artist Ronan Keating. View Article

July 5, 2012

The Times of Malta: Calleja rehearses for Saturday

Rehearsals in Robert Sammut Hall were underway in the afternoon for the Joseph Calleja concert to be held on Saturday on the Granaries in Floriana with the HSBC Childrens’ Choir. View Article

July 3, 2012

Malta Today: The Tenor Comes Home | Joseph Calleja

Malta Today speaks to Joseph about his undying loyalty to his Maltese audience and his plans for the (very busy) near future.  View Article

March 11, 2012

Paul Asciak on Joseph Calleja

BE MY LOVE

It was eleven years ago that Joseph Calleja first walked into my studio. He had been introduced by his piano teacher, who had asked me to give him an audition. With all the over-enthusiasm of youth, he announced the pieces he wanted to sing. At the age of sixteen it was not surprising that he chose songs from Mario Lanza’s film repertoire and the taxing “Nessun dorma”. With all the experience and responsibility of my seventy-one years, I hesitated as to whether I should allow him to proceed with his choice … but it is difficult to curb youthful enthusiasm! Read more

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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?