“It's rare these days to find an opera singer with such an individual sound that you can identify him or her in just a couple notes. Tenor Joseph Calleja, from the tiny island of Malta, is just such a singer. You can hear the golden Mediterranean sunshine in his voice, and I love his old-fashioned fast vibrato, which flickers like a vintage silent movie. Calleja…is arguably today's finest lyric tenor…” — NPR

March 16, 19, 24, 28
April 1, 4, 7, 10, 2015
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor The Metropolitan Opera Joseph Calleja in New York, NY Address: Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY. More information
April 14, 2015 Recital The Folly Theater Joseph Calleja in Kansas City, Missouri Time: 7:30pm. More information
April 17, 2015 Recital Jordan Hall Joseph Calleja in Boston, MA More information
May 23, 27, 30
June 2, 5, 8, 10, 2015
Puccini: La Bohème Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Joseph Calleja in London More information
June 16, 2015 Concert Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic Joseph Calleja in Bratislava More information
June 19, 2015 Gala Concert with Orchestra Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Joseph Calleja in Paris More information
June 22, 2015 Gala Concert with Orchestra Concertgebouw Joseph Calleja in Amsterdam More information
June 29
July 3, 2015
Puccini: La Rondine Deutsche Oper Berlin Joseph Calleja in Berlin More information
July 7, 2015 Gala Concert with Orchestra Chorégies d’Orange Joseph Calleja in Orange More information
July 13, 2015 Puccini: Madama Butterfly Bavarian State Opera Joseph Calleja in Munich More information
December 13, 2015 Gala Concert Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Joseph Calleja in Moscow More information
January 22, 2016 Concert Southbank Centre Joseph Calleja in London More information
Fenruary 22, 25, 28
March 2, 5, 8, 2016
Gounod: Roméo et Juliette Lyric Opera of Chicago Joseph Calleja in Chicago More information
April 1, 5, 9, 13, 16, 2016 Verdi: Simon Boccanegra The Metropolitan Opera Joseph Calleja in New York, NY Address: Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY. More information

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Joseph's Blog

March 30th, 2015

Tracheitis – a singer’s worst nightmare?

It is without doubt that trauma to the vocal folds is a singer’s worst nightmare. Burst veins, nodules etc. is really bad news and can end a career if not treated with utmost care. Thankfully I never had to deal with the latter but what I had to face, very recently, was a terrible influenza which left me with tracheitis, which is a much dreaded inflammation of the wind pipe. My excellent doctor put me on antibiotics which dealt with the bacterial infection but what can one do with the irritation that the infection leaves behind in the trachea? Not much I am afraid. Steam inhalations and pulmicort (inhaled steroid)  will help control the cough but it can have the side effect of leaving you with candida (fungus) in your larynx that will also impair your singing. Loads of alcohol and caffeine free fluids is strongly recommended and cold air is a definite “no no” during recovery.  Humidifying the air where you live is also imperative especially in the bedroom.

In the end it boils down to keeping the immune system as  healthy as possible. Probiotics, good sleep and exercise will do wonders to prevent sickness or to speed up recovery if one succumbs to a bug.

Last but not least NEVER self medicate and always seek out the opinion of a trusted doctor!