October 20, 2011

Joseph Calleja: The Young Tenor With The Old-School Sound


The NPR’s Tom Huizenga talks to Joseph about how he developed his throwback sound and golden age sensibilities as an artist. View Article

October 16, 2011

First Listen: Joseph Calleja, ‘The Maltese Tenor’

NPR’s Tom Huizenga raves about Calleja’s 2011 album and his uncanny similarity to the great tenors of a bygone era. View Article

July 22, 2011

London Evening Standard: The tenor making a big noise

Calleja talks to the London Evening Standard’s Louise Jury about the early influences that drove him to study opera, his training as an adolescent with Paul Asciak, and his phenomenal career thus far. View Article


July 21, 2011

Reuters: Maltese tenor Calleja: “My best is now”

Joseph sits down with Reuter’s Michael Roddy to talk about his career, artistic inspirations, and his upcoming performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” alongside Renee Fleming at the BBC Proms. View Article

November 17, 2010 Joseph Calleja | Tenor up for a challenge


The Star’s John Terauds talks to Calleja about his quick rise to fame and notoriety in the opera world as a regular headliner at the Metropolitan Opera and around the globe. View Article

October 28, 2010

Houston Chronicle: Tenor Joseph Calleja takes his place on the world stage

Joseph explores the origins of his passion for opera and how he approaches his career as the world-renowned ‘Maltese Tenor’. View Article

October 25, 2008

FAZ: Drei Stimmen für Edgardo

The Maltese Tenor talks to Guido Wood of the Frankfurter General about his performance as Sir Edgardo in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Frankfurt Opera. View Article

December 31, 2005

Opera Data Base: Joseph Calleja, A Prudent Tenor

Opera Data Base interviews the Maltese born tenor just after one of the three new year concerts given at the Fenice Theatre on December 31st, 2005.  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?