March 8, 2017
This spring, Joseph Calleja returns to The Metropolitan Opera stage to star as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto. The production, featuring the famed Michael Mayer setting in 1960’s Las Vegas, also features Željko Lučić in the title role, Olga Peretyatko as Gilda, Štefan Kocán sings Sparafucile, and Nancy Fabiola Herrera is Maddalena. Performances take place April 19, 22 & 27, led by conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi.
“In his latest outing as the Duke in Rigoletto, Joseph Calleja proves himself to be the Brazil Of singers: he’s the tenor of the future, and always will be. The big, honeyed tone [is] the purest and most appealing Italianate sound since Pavarotti.” (The New Yorker)
March 1, 2017
February 12, 2017
“There is some fine singing, most notably that of Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja as Don Jose, the callow young corporal whose obsession with the Gypsy seductress Carmen spells his doom … and Italian lyric soprano Eleonora Buratto as Micaela, his village sweetheart, who tries to rescue him from Carmen’s clutches. Both proved to be the real deal heading the cast fielded by Lyric Opera on Saturday night, under the spirited and sympathetic baton of Harry Bicket …
If ever there was an opera role made to order for Calleja’s superb tenor, it’s Don Jose. The part may be a relatively recent addition to his repertory, but vocally and dramatically he gripped one’s attention as the young man’s passion for Carmen became more and more desperate, his jealousy more heated the more she rebuffed him. The clarion heft of his sound was tempered by an elegant legato, sensitive phrasing and feel for the drama. His shift to head voice and lovely diminuendo at the close of the Flower Song were well managed, earning him a warm ovation.”
John von Rhein – Chicago Tribune