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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 3, 2014 http://josephcalleja.com Gala Concert with Orchestra Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Joseph Calleja in Moscow More information
September 24, 27, 2014 http://josephcalleja.com Verdi: Macbeth The Metropolitan Opera Joseph Calleja in New York, NY Address: Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY. More information
September 29, 2014 http://josephcalleja.com Recital Club Musical de Québec Joseph Calleja in Québec City Time: 8:00pm. More information
October 3, 8, 11, 15, 18, 2014 http://josephcalleja.com Verdi: Macbeth The Metropolitan Opera Joseph Calleja in New York, NY Address: Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY. More information
November 8, 11, 14, 2014 http://josephcalleja.com Verdi: Rigoletto Bavarian State Opera Joseph Calleja in Munich More information
November 18, 2014 http://josephcalleja.com Gala Concert with Orchestra Auditorio Nacional de Música Joseph Calleja in Madrid More information
November 21, 2014 http://josephcalleja.com Gala Concert with Orchestra Gulbenkian Joseph Calleja in Lisbon More information
December 18, 22, 30, 2014
January 2, 6, 13, 17, 2015
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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Joseph Calleja in London More information
February 1, 6, 2015 http://josephcalleja.com Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Deutsche Oper Berlin Joseph Calleja in Berlin More information
February 21, 23, 26, 2015 http://josephcalleja.com Puccini: Madama Butterfly Bavarian State Opera Joseph Calleja in Munich More information
March 16, 19, 24, 28
April 1, 4, 7, 10, 2015
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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 http://josephcalleja.com Recital The Folly Theater Joseph Calleja in Kansas City, Missouri Time: 7:30pm. More information
April 17, 2015 http://josephcalleja.com Recital Jordan Hall Joseph Calleja in Boston, MA More information
May 21, 23, 27, 30
June 2, 5, 8, 10, 2015
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Puccini: La Bohème Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Joseph Calleja in London More information
June 22, 2015 http://josephcalleja.com Gala Concert with Orchestra Concertgebouw Joseph Calleja in Amsterdam More information
June 29
July 3, 2015
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Puccini: La Rondine Deutsche Oper Berlin Joseph Calleja in Berlin More information
July 13, 2015 http://josephcalleja.com Puccini: Madama Butterfly Bavarian State Opera Joseph Calleja in Munich More information

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July 11th, 2014

10 tips to overcome vocal fatigue

The end of my operatic season is night and pretty much invariably, year after year, its when I feel most tired and in dire need of my annual summer break. Singing the last few performances culminating with my Malta yearly summer concert can be a challenge – especially when I have to tackle a total of around 19 arias/songs!
Thankfully there is stuff that works for a tired physique and voice. Here is what works for me -

1. Move! Working out, swimming and even a long brisk walk will do wonders for your circulatory system. Don’t do this on the day of the performance but definitely in between.

2. Silence. If you are singing a lot than it is imperative that you keep mum during other hours and only talk if its absolutely necessary. Limit phone conversations too as much as possible.

3. Diet – 3 main meals a day are a must. Avoid foods high in lactose and sugar and go instead for protein, veg and loads of fresh fruit. Keeping your blood sugar relatively constant is important and regular, healthy meals will lessen the likelihood of acid reflux. Its also important not to eat late in the evening. I try to avoid eating after 6pm whenever possible.

4. Steam inhalations – Get a big pot or steam inhalator, throw in some bicarbonate of soda and sea salt and just inhale the healing/relieving vapours! This is really beneficial to basically all your upper respiratory tract and will dislodge mucus and other impurities from your throat.

5. Nasal irrigation – Not the nicest “procedure” but it does remove all kinds of “junk” from your nose. Make sure you always rinse with saline water and there are prepared sachets you can get from virtually any pharmacy.

6. Sleep – Its boring but a good 8 hour sleep is unbeatable to get the voice back in shape. Acid reflux sufferers will also find relief by tilting their head upwards by using two pillows to avoid nasty acid creeping up their throat during their slumber.

7. Stress – or the lack of it. Absolutely avoid stressful situations which may include noisy places/bars. Your throat tenses up automatically even if you don’t speak apart from the fact that you can “tire” your ears out. There have been some studies that our “ears” tire out too so the avoidance of high decibel places is a must!

8. Vibrator – Yep that one. Apparently tests have shown that massaging your throat with a vibrator is beneficial to the surrounding neck muscles. Apparently there are some therapists that employ such “devices” already…

9. Humidity – A constant dry environment can spell disaster for your voice and general well being. If you are in a cold climate and the heating is at full blast, chances are that the relative humidity is low. Invest in a humidifier and let them rip! We all have slightly different comfort levels. For me what works best is around 55 to 65% – just like a good cigar!

10. Arguments – Whether of a business or personal nature do walk away from these when you are singing. Even if talking is not involved the mere thought or presence of something negative will automatically tense your neck muscles and raise the incidence of acid reflux!

 

If everything of the above fails than you need a vacation! Choose a high humid climate with beautiful, clear seas at hand. Swimming in the ocean/sea is truly beneficial for the voice as long as one avoids the worse hours of the sun.