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

July 11th, 2014

10 tips to overcome vocal fatigue

The end of my operatic season is night and pretty much invariably, year after year, its when I feel most tired and in dire need of my annual summer break. Singing the last few performances culminating with my Malta yearly summer concert can be a challenge – especially when I have to tackle a total of around 19 arias/songs!
Thankfully there is stuff that works for a tired physique and voice. Here is what works for me -

1. Move! Working out, swimming and even a long brisk walk will do wonders for your circulatory system. Don’t do this on the day of the performance but definitely in between.

2. Silence. If you are singing a lot than it is imperative that you keep mum during other hours and only talk if its absolutely necessary. Limit phone conversations too as much as possible.

3. Diet – 3 main meals a day are a must. Avoid foods high in lactose and sugar and go instead for protein, veg and loads of fresh fruit. Keeping your blood sugar relatively constant is important and regular, healthy meals will lessen the likelihood of acid reflux. Its also important not to eat late in the evening. I try to avoid eating after 6pm whenever possible.

4. Steam inhalations – Get a big pot or steam inhalator, throw in some bicarbonate of soda and sea salt and just inhale the healing/relieving vapours! This is really beneficial to basically all your upper respiratory tract and will dislodge mucus and other impurities from your throat.

5. Nasal irrigation – Not the nicest “procedure” but it does remove all kinds of “junk” from your nose. Make sure you always rinse with saline water and there are prepared sachets you can get from virtually any pharmacy.

6. Sleep – Its boring but a good 8 hour sleep is unbeatable to get the voice back in shape. Acid reflux sufferers will also find relief by tilting their head upwards by using two pillows to avoid nasty acid creeping up their throat during their slumber.

7. Stress – or the lack of it. Absolutely avoid stressful situations which may include noisy places/bars. Your throat tenses up automatically even if you don’t speak apart from the fact that you can “tire” your ears out. There have been some studies that our “ears” tire out too so the avoidance of high decibel places is a must!

8. Vibrator – Yep that one. Apparently tests have shown that massaging your throat with a vibrator is beneficial to the surrounding neck muscles. Apparently there are some therapists that employ such “devices” already…

9. Humidity – A constant dry environment can spell disaster for your voice and general well being. If you are in a cold climate and the heating is at full blast, chances are that the relative humidity is low. Invest in a humidifier and let them rip! We all have slightly different comfort levels. For me what works best is around 55 to 65% – just like a good cigar!

10. Arguments – Whether of a business or personal nature do walk away from these when you are singing. Even if talking is not involved the mere thought or presence of something negative will automatically tense your neck muscles and raise the incidence of acid reflux!

 

If everything of the above fails than you need a vacation! Choose a high humid climate with beautiful, clear seas at hand. Swimming in the ocean/sea is truly beneficial for the voice as long as one avoids the worse hours of the sun.