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December 12, 2017

Joseph Calleja Brings To Life Verdi’s Heros 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.

November 24, 2017

New CD release: The Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary gala

The Metropolitan Opera has announced the release of its 50th Anniversary Gala on a 3-CD set featuring the artists that performed on May 7, 2017, when the Met celebrated its golden anniversary in Lincoln Center.

The artists featured on the historic night include Piotr Beczała, Ben Bliss, Stephanie Blythe, Joseph Calleja, Javier Camarena, Dwayne Croft, Diana Damrau, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Yusif Eyvazov, Michael Fabiano, Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Susan Graham, Vittorio Grigolo, Gunther Groissböck, Christopher Job, Mariusz Kwiecien, Isabel Leonard, Željko Lučić, Angela Meade, Latonia Moore, James Morris, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, Eric Owens, René Pape, Matthew Polenzani Sava Vemic, Michael Volle, Yunpeng Wang, Pretty Yende, Sonya Yoncheva and Dolora Zajick. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who recently passed away, made an unscheduled appearance that surprised and delighted the audience.

For more information and to purchase a copy of this CD set, click here.

October 26, 2017

Joseph Calleja fundraising concert

The fifth edition of the BOV Joseph Calleja Fundraising Concert is being held on Friday at the Palace state rooms in Valletta. Following the concert, patrons will be invited to attend a reception at the Casino Maltese.

The annual fundraiser will feature Calleja performing along with a number of scholars who have been supported by the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the foundation.

Over the past year, the foundation has sponsored additional scholars, increasing the number to 28. Besides voice scholars (sopranos, mezzo sopranos, baritones and tenors), there are dancers, actors, instrumentalists and composers.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Joseph's Blog

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?