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Joseph Calleja

“Only one lyric tenor on the scene today has the honeyed tone and ingratiating style to make comparisons to Pavarotti and Gigli seem serious, and it is Calleja, the man from Malta, who … is now maturing into an artist of the first rank.” – New Yorker. Blessed with a golden-age voice that routinely inspires comparisons to “legendary singers from earlier eras: Jussi Björling, Beniamino Gigli, even Enrico Caruso” (Associated Press), Maltese-born Joseph Calleja has quickly become one of the most acclaimed and sought-after tenors today. His expansive discography and frequent appearances on the world’s leading opera and concert stages prompted NPR to hail him as “arguably today’s finest lyric tenor,” and led to his being voted Gramophone magazine’s 2012 Artist of the Year. A Grammy-nominated recording artist for Decca Classics, he has released five solo albums for the label.

Latest News:

  • 24.02.2017 - Joseph Calleja named among opera's top 10 male voices

  • Following Mr. Calleja’s recent success as Don José in Chicago for which his performances were characterized as “superb” (Chicago Tribune), he has just been named one of the world's top 10 male opera voices by French newspaper ‘Le Figaro.’ For the full article, click here

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  • 17.02.2017 - Joseph Calleja is “superb” as Don José in ‘Carmen’ at Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • “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...

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  • 10.02.2017 - Joesph Calleja: “The ultimate travel bucket list for culture lovers”

  • Joseph Calleja’s starring performance in Norma for the 2017-2018 season opening of The Metropolitan Opera has been listed by the Telegraph as a performance worthy of international travel. Together with stars Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma and Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa completing the tragic love triangle, this virtuosic bel canto masterpiece would surely be the highlight of any trip to New York...

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  • 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...

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  • 08.01.2017 - Joseph Calleja - Celebrating Malta at the BOZAR in Brussels

  • Joseph Calleja is the featured soloist in the Official Opening Concert of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, hosted at the BOZAR in Brussels on January 16. Mr. Calleja performs with The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Brian Schembri. The concert is part of a multi-month celebration of Maltese culture at the BOZAR, which began on January 1 and...

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  • 28.12.2016 - Joseph Calleja sings Rodolfo in 'La Bohème'

  • Joseph Calleja returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the new year to star in a signature role, Rodolfo in Puccini’s timeless La Bohème. He takes the stage on January 3 & 6, in a cast that also features Carmen Giannattasio as Mimì, Alexandra Hutton as Musetta, and Markus Brück sings Marcello. Conductor Ivan Repusic leads from the pit, for...

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