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March 26, 2018

Joseph Calleja: Verdi and Boito at the Bayerische Staatsoper

On April 7, 10 and 13 Joseph Calleja takes on the role of Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. He shares the stage with Simon Keenlyside in the title role and Anna Smirnova as Lady Macbeth. He remains in Munich to sing Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele, with Erwin Schrott in the title role and Carmen Giannattasio as Margherita. Those performances take place on April 29 and, May 3 and 6.

December 27, 2017

Tosca at the Royal Opera House

From January 15 until February 7, Joseph Calleja portrays Cavaradossi in Tosca, one of Puccini’s most beloved operas, at the Royal Opera House. As Tosca’s (Adrianne Pieczonka) doomed lover, he reprises a role he’s sung in the past to great critical acclaim.

Of Mr. Calleja’s role debut at Grange Park Opera, Bachtrack stated “the sheer warmth of the voice and the easy swell of his phrasing couldn’t fail to seduce” and The Independent stated “Calleja’s glorious singing makes the whole trip worthwhile”.

For more information and tickets, click here.

December 12, 2017

Joseph Calleja Brings To Life Verdi’s Heroes And Villains With New Album

Joseph Calleja returns with a new album, Verdi, due for release on February 2. The album sees Calleja explore the light and dark in Verdi’s heroic tenor roles and features guest appearances from soprano Angela Gheorghiu and baritone Vittorio Vitelli.

For more information about this upcoming release, click here.

Pre-order your album via Amazon or on iTunes.

Click here to watch the album’s trailer.

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May 16th, 2016

Quo Vadis Eurovision and other stories

Malta did not win the Eurovision but lo and behold the sun still rose and the island (the center of the known universe) still spun…

My two cents is that Ira Losco gave a really good performance and that the whole presentation was excellent. She shouldn’t have performed cause she is pregnant? Come off it – I have performed repeatedly with pregnant opera singers well into their 7th and 8th month of pregnancy and trust me when I say that rehearsing and performing for a full opera production is much more physically demanding than a couple of days at the Eurovision. Of course there are those who know much better than the undersigned and who went on to say that the presentation was a tad “camp”…oh the irony when one considers that the Eurovision is the campest of them all.

Meanwhile, this wouldn’t be Malta and the Eurovision wouldn’t be the Eurovision unless its politicized to the exhaustible hilt. The inevitable “mud slinging competition,” which we will see a lot of in the coming 22 months, ensued and even yours truly (inexplicably) ended up in the midst of the fray, in yet another “supernova” in a tea cup. The Eurovision suddenly became an interchangeable bullet to be used ad nauseam by both sides much like bitter parents who use their innocent children during disputes.  I have always found sycophants interesting, even amusing but they will not be getting the much desired Streisand effect from me, thank you very much. It is part of human nature after all to conjure conspiracies and we are not going to let the simple truth get in the way of some exciting and convenient fiction.

Speaking of “conjuring” is it me or is a company advertising real estate using a chap “connected” with the tragic and unnecessary death of an underage girl? It must be a clone or a”doppleganger”, otherwise this would be the epitome of bad taste and a 100 shades of wrong. Don’t get me wrong I am all for “second chances” and all of that but shouldn’t there be due process first? After all Lisa Marie didn’t get a second chance did she?