Recordings

4785354

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

Thomas Hampson, Kristine Opolais, Joseph Calleja, Carlo Colombara, Luca Pisaroni
Wiener Singakademie
Wiener Symphoniker
Massimo Zanetti
Int. Release 16 Sep. 2013
2 CDs / Download
0289 478 5354 1 2 CDs DDD DH2
Album Website | Amazon | Decca

4785340

Amore

Nicola Benedetti
Ksenija Sidorova
BBC Concert Orchestra
Steven Mercurio
1 CD / Download
0289 478 5340 4 CD DDD DH
Int. Release 09 Sep. 2013
Album Website | Amazon | Decca

JC_MarioLanza_Rec

Be My Love

A Tribute to Mario Lanza
BBC Concert Orchestra
Steven Mercurio
Int. Release 20 Aug. 2012
1 CD / Download 0289 478 3531 8
Album Website Amazon | Decca

The Maltese Tenor

The Maltese Tenor

Aleksandra Kurzak
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Marco Armiliato
1 CD / Download 0289 478 2720 7
Int. Release 20 May. 2011
The Maltese Tenor Sings Best-loved Arias and Duets
Album Website | Amazon | iTunes | Decca

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traviata-dvd

Verdi: La Traviata

Renée Fleming, Joseph Calleja, Thomas Hampson
Antonio Pappano, conductor
Verdi’s best-loved work, is performed here by a star cast in a revival of Richard Eyre’s highly acclaimed 1994 production. Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts La Traviata for the first time at Covent Garden. American soprano Renée Fleming returns to Covent Garden to sing Violetta for the first time with The Royal Opera.
Release  May 31, 2011
Opus Arte
ASIN: B004Q2TWR0
Amazon

boccanegra-dvd

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

Placido Domingo’s triumphant return to his baritone roots is captured in this stunning 2-DVD set of the Royal Opera House s 2010 production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. Conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Elijah Moshinsky, Domingo is joined in this performance by Mariana Polavskaya, Joseph Calleja, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Jonathan Summers and Lukas Jakobski.
Release  January 11, 2011
Emi Classics
ASIN: B0043GN6XU
Amazon

JC_VincenzoBellini_Rec

Vincenzo Bellini

I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI
Wiener Symphoniker / Wiener Singakademie
Fabio Luisi
Anna Netrebko, Giulietta – Elina Garanca, Romeo – Joseph Calleja, Tebaldo – Robert Gleadow, Lorenzo – Tiziano Bracci, Capellio
Int. Release 23 Feb. 2009
Deutsche Grammophon
2CD: 477 8031
Amazon | Deutsche Grammophon

JC_NoReservations_Rec

No Reservations Soundtrack

Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
Philip Glass, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi
Various Artists: Phillip Glass, Luciano Pavarotti, Joseph Calleja, Joan Sutherland, Carlo Bergonzi, Michael Buble, Paolo Conte … and more.
Decca Classics
475 9222 8
Amazon

new-years-concert

New Year’s Concert 2006

Fiorenza Cedolins, Joseph Calleja, and Roberto Scandiuzzi perform works by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Donizetti, and Verdi, live at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, January 1, 2006, with Kurt Masur conducting.
Release  April 18, 2006
TDK
ASIN: B000EQ4G6E
Amazon

JC_GoldenVoice

The Golden Voice

Joseph Calleja
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Carlo Rizzi
Arias by Adam, Bellini, Bizet, Donizetti, Gounod, Massenet, Offenbach, Pietri & Verdi
Int. Release 03 Oct. 2005
Decca Classics
475 6931 DH
Album Website Amazon | iTunes | Decca

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Joseph's Blog

September 10th, 2014

A summer festival in Malta?

I was more than a bit amused to read some negative reporting re the fact that the government sponsored my summer concert. Hundreds of thousand of euros, if not millions, were thrown around  and some went as far to state that I was “on the take” and part of the hundreds of thousands were directed to my pocket. The claims are so ridiculous and unfounded that, to date,  I didn’t even bother to point it out. For those unfamiliar with our island, Malta is ferociously bi-partisan it is inevitable that, for some at least,  everything has to be turned into a political football. Others simply measure by their own yardstick. For the record I got no remuneration by the government, whether directly or indirectly, in the deal they made with NNG promotions nor form part of same company.  To my knowledge, the funds are wisely spent on the filming, editing and international distribution of the concert creating an incredible advert for Malta. Should the government sponsor such initiatives? Of course it should- as what better advertisement can Malta have to increase the much coveted “cultural tourism”?

In Malta we have the curse but also the blessing of being very small. So small in fact that you can walk from one end of the island to the other in less than a day. And what a walk that would be. Despite our small size, our location – smack in the middle of the Mare Nostrum  – made sure that every major civilization left its mark throughout our 7000 year history. Natural resources are pretty much non existent and even for fresh water we have to turn to the sea. Still our island nation enjoys the most important resource of all – its people. Once you remove our petty and constant bickering which (surprise surprise) usually revolve around politics, the Maltese are a force to be reckoned with and a nation that shy away from challenges we are not. Most of us are at least bi-lingual , hard working, resourceful and good hearted. Talent is also another virtue that this island has and never before  did we have so many young budding artists on the verge of an international career. When I was studying to be an opera singer there was literally no one else on the scene on a professional level bar Miriam Gauci. Nowadays we have close to a dozen. Clare Ghigo, Nico Darmanin, Cliff Zammit Stevens, Joseph Lia, Nicola Said and Marvic Monreal are already chasing their dream in conservatories and colleges abroad. Nico Darmanin in particular is already performing professionally and has already debuted at the Royal Opera House. This from a nation of 400,000.

Indeed it is a time of renaissance for at least classical music in Malta. So many festivals whether in Gozo, the place of my very first performances,  or Valletta. In fact it is time that the government notices the elephant in the room and launch THE proper summer festival our island deserves. The raw material is in place already it just needs to be coordinated and a month long festival is really within our grasp and no there is no multi million euro outlay as we have the necessary infrastructure in place already.  Our airport and airline are top notch and hotels comparable to the best on mainland Europe. All that is needed is that nudge, the concentration of the laser beam, the proverbial pulling of the same rope and Malta could host a festival that would rival any in Europe. This government has won with such a majority that it should really use that majority to implement changes that no one had the courage to do before. Redundant boards and committees should be restructured or removed altogether. Competent people should be given executive power to effect necessary changes and not waste their time and energies navigating the endless meanders of bureaucracy caused by useless boards.

 

Last but not least lets give Malta its cultural home back and move ahead with a National Theatre/auditorium. I hear there are great plans for the MCC, now is the time to move forward and turn these plans into reality. We have so much to offer and it would be a great sin to miss out on this opportunity. I dream of the day when Valletta will turn into a major and globally renowned  artistic hub. Believe me when I tell you that we have what it takes.