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“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

September 19, 22, 27, 2015 http://josephcalleja.com Puccini: Madama Butterfly Bavarian State Opera Joseph Calleja in Munich More information
October 24, 29
November 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 2015
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Boito: Mefistofele Bavarian State Opera Joseph Calleja in Munich More information
December 2, 5, 8, 2015 http://josephcalleja.com Donizetti: La Favorite (in concert) Deutsche Oper Berlin Joseph Calleja in Berlin More information
December 13, 2015 http://josephcalleja.com Gala Concert Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Joseph Calleja in Moscow More information
December 18, 2015 http://josephcalleja.com Concert Tonhalle Düsseldorf Joseph Calleja in Düsseldorf More information
January 8, 16, 19, 2016 http://josephcalleja.com Puccini: La Bohème Staatsoper im Schiller Theater Joseph Calleja in Berlin More information
January 22, 2016 http://josephcalleja.com Concert Southbank Centre Joseph Calleja in London More information
Fenruary 22, 25, 28
March 2, 5, 8, 2016
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Gounod: Roméo et Juliette Lyric Opera of Chicago Joseph Calleja in Chicago More information
April 1, 5, 9, 13, 16, 2016 http://josephcalleja.com Verdi: Simon Boccanegra The Metropolitan Opera Joseph Calleja in New York, NY Address: Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY. More information
June 5, 15, 19, 25, 29
July 3, 2016
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Bizet: Carmen Frankfurt Opera Joseph Calleja in Frankfurt More information
July 16, 17, 2016 http://josephcalleja.com Verdi: Requiem Chorégies d’Orange Joseph Calleja in Orange 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!