July 7, 2012 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


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

January 5, 2012

The Wall Street Journal: Here to Deal With the Devil

Joseph speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Barrymore Scherer about his new recording, “The Maltese Tenor”, growing up in Malta, and singing at the Metropolitan Opera.  View Article

December 8, 2011

NPR: NPR Classical’s 10 Favorite Albums Of 2011

Joseph’s artistry and “big voice” earn him a spot on NPR Classical’s top ten albums of 2011 for his work on “The Maltese Tenor”. View Article

December 5, 2011

NPR: 50 Favorite Albums of 2011

Described as a “vibrant young tenor”, Calleja’s album “The Maltese Tenor” earns a spot as one of NPR Music’s 50 favorite albums of 2011. View Article

October 28, 2011

Wall Street Journal: A Big Voice From a Small Place

Pia Catton talks briefly with Calleja about his upcoming performance as Faust at the Met, his unique background, and how he approaches a role. View Article

October 24, 2011

NPR: Tenor Joseph Calleja and Friends in Concert

The vibrant young opera star from Malta talks to NPR’s Tom Huizenga about what made him want to study opera, technique, and his intimate club performance live in New York City alongside some fabulous special guests. View Concert Video

October 20, 2011

Opera Magazine: Joseph Calleja

Opera Magazine’s Christian Wasselin talks to Calleja about his early inspiration to pursue classical voice, his early career studying with Paul Asciak, and how he keeps his voice in fighting shape. 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?