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

April 8th, 2014

Defending the indefensible

On the 3rd of April my daughter turned 10. Having a child is such a priceless gift and big responsibility and that is why any responsible parent should  invest all the love, time and money in the child’s formation, with the hope, that such child will grow up into a responsible and considerate individual…

A Maltese family recently had their child stripped away from them in such an unnecessary and irresponsible fashion after she associated with someone who should have been a source of guidance for their daughter and not, as it seems, the road to her absolutely tragic demise. I therefore couldn’t believe my eyes when I found myself reading actual messages of support, on the internet and in various forums,  for this teacher. A “teacher” who abused his position of trust by sleeping with his minor student, sometimes in her father’s own home,  and planned their supposedly joint “suicide” over a number of days. I have the greatest sympathy and pity for his parents, especially since they are known to be a decent lot but I find it very hard to conjure a lot of kind thoughts for him I am afraid.

What is even more unbelievable are those who are stating that this is a “rich” vrs “poor” situation or a battle of ”classes” of some sort. Are the latter going insane? Are they actually saying that the death of this 15 year old girl, a daughter, a cousin, a niece etc, is less serious or tragic because she hailed from a prominent and well off family and the perpetrator is poor so he should have our sympathy? I also read that this happened because she was “disturbed.” Even if she was, since when does this warrant or deserve a death sentence?

There is no denying that sometimes, some of us, lose the plot and the correct sense of perspective. Another example is www.timesofmalta.com,  the web portal for Malta’s most prominent and respected newspaper. It had recently  ran two stories; 1. the killing of migratory birds 2. the killing of dozens of Syrian toddlers and pre adolescent children slaughtered in the conflict. Both stories had the same, very visible, exposure on the site. As yet, the story about the bird killings had literally hundreds of comments and the one about the slaughtered children, which included pictures of the dead children, had perhaps 8 comments. Now of course I am really sorry that beautiful migratory birds where shot out of the sky but this is no way comparable to the death of innocent children who’s only crime was being born in the wrong time and country. The hundreds of comments should have been on the story about the dead Syrian children and its really sad and telling that this was not the case.

Our collective morality needs an urgent retune and to all of you out there who think your problems are insurmountable please to think again. Help is at hand and much closer than you think…