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

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?