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

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

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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?