Only one lyric tenor on the scene today has the honeyed tone and ingratiating style to make comparisons to Pavarotti and Gigli seems serious, and it is Calleja, the man from Malta, who... is now maturing into an artist of the first rank." - New Yorker
Festival Castell de Peralada
- Girona, Barcelona, Spain
- August 4 2019
The tenor of unmistakable style.
Joseph Calleja was just 13 years old when he decided that he wanted to be a singer after seeing the film The Great Caruso, performed by the tenor Mario Lanza. Since then, the Malta-born tenor has steadily established his rising career built step by step, savouring every one of the stages that his voice offers him. Today, Calleja regularly performs at such opera houses as the Metropolitan in New York, London’s Covent Garden and the Staatsoper in Munich. Exclusive artist with the prestigious Decca label, he has a lengthy discography, and in 2011 his DVD of La Traviata at the Royal Opera House alongside Renée Fleming was nominated for a Grammy. He will be making his festival début this summer with a recital of opera arias and song in the setting of the Carme Church; the ideal format to be able to savour his pure and luminous voice. A voice that perfectly combines the smoothest and sweetest lyricism, of a heart-rending suffering, with the depth and dimension needed for the great arias of Verdi, Puccini and Donizetti. He himself attributes his success to technique and discipline, but also to constant training. Over time, his voice has gained in body and strength in sharps, but his style continues to be unmistakable.