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
Riga Jurmala Music Festival
- Dzintari Concert Hall, Latvia
- August 17 2019
Tenor voices possess a particular seduction – their timbre and power offers an individuality which is always remembered by the audience. Joseph Calleja, one of the most famous modern tenors, possesses a voice timbre that has been often described as honeyed and warm with masculine charm.
The tenor’s 2013 solo album Amore featured a Latvian musician, the accordionist Ksenija Sidorova. In 2012 Gramophone magazine named him Artist of the Year, and in 2016 he received an Opera News award. Calleja’s recordings (released by Decca Classics) have been nominated for multiple Grammys. In his solo concert at the Dzintari Concert Hall, Calleja will sing well-known songs and opera arias from a variety of eras, and will be joined on stage by pianist Vincenzo Scalera.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön” from “Die Zauberflöte”
Gaetano DONIZZETI “Tombe degli avi miei” from “Lucia di Lammermoor”
Jules MASSENET “Pourquoi me réveiller” from “Werther”
Giuseppe VERDI “La vita è inferno all’infelice…O tu che in seno agli angeli ” from “La forza del destino”
Giacomo PUCCINI “E lucevan le stelle” from “Tosca”
Piotr TCHAIKOVSKY “None but the lonely heart/???, ?????? ???, ??? ????” op. 6 No. 6
Paolo TOSTI “Ideale ‘A vucchella”
Joseph VELLA “Il-Kebbies Tal-Fanali”
Alberto DONAUDY “Vaghissima sembianza”
Ruggero LEONCAVALLO “Mattinata”