“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

December 18, 22, 30, 2014
January 2, 6, 13, 17, 2015
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Joseph Calleja in London More information
December 27, 2014 BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation Christmas Concert Sanctuary of Divine Mercy Joseph Calleja in San Pawl Tat-Targa More information
January 28, 2015 Gala Concert with Orchestra Vienna Konzerthaus Joseph Calleja in Vienna More information
February 1, 6, 2015 Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Deutsche Oper Berlin Joseph Calleja in Berlin More information
February 21, 23, 26, 2015 Puccini: Madama Butterfly Bavarian State Opera Joseph Calleja in Munich More information
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 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

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September 27th, 2014

Malta’s 50th birthday.

Unfortunately work commitments prevented me from being present for the 50th Anniversary of Malta’s independence. By all accounts the show was quite something and Prince William seemed genuinely charmed by my fellow islanders. Kudos to the government and the organizers.

I sometimes wonder how the Maltese people managed to achieve so much in relatively little time. Lets not kid ourselves – we are a very small island and  in the middle of nowhere to boot. As yet we can boast 7,000 years of history, our own unique culture, language and a populace that, throughout the ages, has  repeatedly demonstrated  that it could rise to the occasion and punch above its weight when it really matters.  And how I wish, that it “matters” more often!

I simply hate it when I see some of my fellow countrymen squabble over a few votes and losing all principles whilst rubbishing great ideas just because they come from the other side of the fence. I can’t understand why there is a certain fanatical mindset, on both sides, that thinks only one half of the population is fit to “lead” the nation and should do so indefinitely. Can it please be a battle of ideas rather than “parading” colors in peacock like fashion?  For example – individuals who are simply not fit for purpose, should be treated exactly as such and not given positions of “pseudo importance” because it was “politically convenient” at the time.

The current government won the past elections with an historic majority, the likes of which we have never seen. Such a big win means power and this power surely must be “cashed” into responsibility. This majority has to be used to tackle certain hot issues and implement changes where necessary.

It’s easy to dismiss my words as “uninformed” or “utopian” but the thing is that I have travelled the world, pretty much constantly for the past 17 years. The more I see and soak in different cultures and experiences, the more I realize how much untapped potential Malta still has. Surely the management of our environment, education, infrastructure  and culture is in need of tweaking or a complete overhaul in some cases.

The good news is that I can see it happening already. The bad news is that it might not be happening as fast as it should. I really hope that our dynamic leaders do not mess up things in the end game and may the next 50 years be a time when we Maltese understand what we were, what we are now and what we could turn into if we truly become a united nation. It matters now…