16.01.2017 - Joseph Calleja returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago in 'Carmen'
Joseph Calleja stars as Don José in Bizet's Carmen, this season at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Performances take place February 11, 15, 19, 22 & 28 and March 3 & 6 at Chicago's Civic Opera House, featuring a new-to-Chicago production directed by Rob Ashford. Ekaterina Gubanova sings the title role, with Eleonora Burrato as Micaëla, and Christian van Horn as Escamillo. Maestro Harry Bicket leads the acclaimed Lyric Opera Orchestra for all dates listed above.
Mr. Calleja made his debut in the role at Oper Frankfurt in the summer of 2016 to tremendous critical acclaim, recognized for his "seductive" and "thunderous" (Bachtrack) portrayal. He can be heard singing the aria "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" on his Decca release titled "Be My Love - A Tribute To Mario Lanza." Purchase the album via the following link.