Verdi: Macbeth

Anna Netrebko, Zeljko Lucic, Joseph Calleja, René Pape
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD
Fabio Luisi
Int. Release October 30, 2015


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



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


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



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 Ren√©e¬†Fleming returns to Covent Garden to sing Violetta for the first time with The Royal¬†Opera.
Release  May 31, 2011
Opus Arte


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


Vincenzo Bellini

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


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


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

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Joseph's Blog

November 15th, 2015

Men in Black

Men dressed in black shooting indiscriminately, young people fleeing in terror, some leaving trails of blood behind them – broken¬†bodies¬†dangling from windows three¬†stories above the street. People¬†fleeing¬†and trampling¬†over the dead trying to escape¬†the line of fire…¬†Is this¬†the latest¬†Dan Brown novel? No,¬†this happened yesterday¬†in Paris and¬†was the second attack in less than a year.

I sometimes get the impression that the majority of people have become desensitized to footage of fellow human beings being slaughtered in the middle of a major European city. Modern technology allows us to video people trying to flee whilst the terrorists take pot shots at them. One such video showed a young man limping leaving a trail of blood behind him, another was very bravely pulling along the body of another of the fallen. Young women were hanging from windows by the tips of their fingers and others were crying for help in the most unimaginable distress. When exactly will enough be enough?  Not since World War II has there been a time when Europe needs to stand united and legislate new laws that give utmost protection to the bona fide immigrants and take to task those who are here just to incite violence, thinking that they can impose their archaic and often barbaric way of life upon us Europeans. Some might argue (at least in the case of France) that the hatred is born and bred at home and the attackers might be holding French passports. Well in the latter case new laws have to be passed with haste to allow the government to strip citizenship and take all the necessary precautions and actions to extrapolate these evil human beings from society permanently. Something has to change and something has to give but will it?

Nor is it a problem exclusive to Europe. Lebanon, Syria, Iraq etc. and no these¬†acts are not less serious because they happen to happen “there.”¬†Scores of videos showing decapitation of anyone who doesn’t agree with their barbaric ideology, children shot point blank and/or buried alive, the rape of countless women, the selling of young girls in slave markets and all this in 2015. Need I continue? Isn’t it high time that the Western World takes a no nonsense approach and sends a clear message to the perpetrators and those who support them. Yes we do know who they are. We have known for years but they are “allies” so we cannot really do anything about it or so we think. Just google Clinton Wiki Leaks and those who are uninformed are in for quite a nasty surprise.¬†Then again I might be out of my depth discussing the above – I am sure there are those who will say as much and they would probably be right. However there is one thing I know very well – our entertainment. We do take the latter very seriously in the West and it is ingrained in our culture…

Many will ask¬† why I am¬†bothering to write “off topic” and how this is¬†relevant to classical music. Oh,¬†but it is¬†very relevant and this recent attack could indeed¬†mark the end of live performances, theatre,¬†cinemas etc. Hyperbole? Think about it – how many¬†attacks will it take in Europe for people to start avoiding¬†theatres, stadiums and restaurants? Few other¬†venues lend themselves better to be used as a platform for¬†mass carnage than a space where hundreds of people sit in close proximity to¬†each other whilst they enjoy themselves with their¬†guard let down. Make no mistake, these terrorists¬†new exactly what they¬†were doing and they drove the stake right at the heart of¬†one of the world’s most¬†beautiful cosmopolitan cities.¬†I am afraid to say that if such an attack would happen in Malta it would wipe tourism out for months if not years, crippling the industry altogether. Globally change for the worse has already¬†happened. How many opera productions were modified, changed or dropped¬†altogether because it¬†“might” offend some¬†minority¬†or other?¬†I am also guilty of the latter¬†– in the 2012 proms I wanted to dress as a Knight of Malta but had second thoughts after someone pointed out to me that it would be seen as a provocation by some since it evoked memories of the crusades! For crying out loud,¬† it is the year 2015 and some living with us in the streets of London and Paris seem to think that the price for Blasphemy should be death – think Charlie Hebdo and the Scandinavian incidents.¬†A simple youtube search will serve you with an alarming number of results of some of these “protests” and some of the “messages” conveyed during such rallies.

What is sure is that something¬† has to change and something has to give.¬†We can’t ignore helping the genuine refugees who are fleeing this exact same massacres in their troubled lands¬†but we can’t continue to succumb to pressure to¬†give up our¬†way of life or our own security at the same time. It is a very tough act to balance.¬†A no nonsense approach¬†with ¬†people who refuse to integrate or are trouble makers strikes me as a¬†very civil, fair and logical solution to the plight Europe is facing.¬† Yes,¬†we need to take serious action against those who hate our way of life and we would have the full support of the real Muslim moderates who are escaping that way of life anyway. Think of the Australian model – they seem to handle this nonsense in a concise and strong way.

Priorities must be put in the right order. Mediterranean is in turmoil¬† with scores of men, women and children drowning and washing up on beaches, hundreds of thousands fleeing persecution and certain death from countries like Iraq and Syria, the ever growing threat of global terrorism and an ever growing dangerous¬†far right movement in the Western world,¬†yet¬†what some want us to worry about in Malta is whether a Muslim woman can wear a ‚ÄúNiqab‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúBurka‚ÄĚ in public. This mollycoddling and fake liberalism has to stop. These absolutely¬†ridiculous requests and expectations¬†have to be ignored and focus must be directed to the issues that matter.

I¬†am inclined to think that a¬†family of refugees fleeing the threat of beheadings, rape, slavery¬†and wanton murder would not be concerned¬†about¬†Christian symbolism such as Father¬†Christmas, Baby¬†Jesus and the occasional cross. It is neither¬†racist nor bigoted to be proud of our way of life. We don’t have to change for anyone and the real, moderate Muslims will appreciate and embrace the new culture that took them in¬†and they¬†will¬†be thankful that they are in a safe place where they can go about their business in peace.