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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:

  • 02.10.2016 - Joseph Calleja: "Gozo’s two opera houses subject of documentary"

  • "International television documentary The Battle of the Operas in Malta, focusing on the existence of two opera houses in Victoria,  is now available for viewing on Arte. The camera team visited both the Astra and the Aurora opera houses with local international opera star Joseph Calleja and also filmed an exclusive interview with him at his home in Mellieħa. The celebrated singer began his...

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  • 26.09.2016 - Joseph Calleja: "Norma live from the Royal Opera House"

  • "The Eden Cinemas is today launching its 2016-2017 season of live cinema from the Royal Opera House in London. Joseph Calleja is playing the principal role of Norma’s secret lover, Pollione. The season will commence with a new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto opera, Norma, featuring Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja. The new production is conducted by Antonio Pappano and is...

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  • 22.09.2016 - Joseph Calleja Opens ROH Live Cinema Season in Norma

  • Following his opening of the company’s 2016-17 season earlier this month, Joseph Calleja now opens the Royal Opera House’s Live Cinema Season on Monday, September 26. The ROH broadcasts the Maltese tenor’s role debut as Pollione in Norma in a new production by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus. Joseph stars opposite Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, with Sonia...

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  • 18.09.2016 - Joseph Calleja Earns Acclaim in His Role Debut as Pollione in Norma at the Royal Opera House

  • Following last night’s opening of the Royal Opera House’s 2016-17 season in his role debut as Pollione in Bellini’s Norma, Joseph Calleja has earned acclaim from audiences and critics alike. “[His] warm vibrato and liquid golden tone is a throwback to the age of Björling, Gigli and Tagliavini,” wrote Bachtrack, which went on to note that the...

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  • 16.09.2016 - Joseph Calleja: "Here's How the Best in the World Tackle Performance Nerves" --Classic FM

  • Sweaty palms, a racing heartbeat – it turns out pre-performance nerves affect even the very best musicians out there. We spoke to conductor Antonio Pappano, tenor Joseph Calleja, sitar player Anoushka Shankar and asked them for their top tips for tackling those pesky butterflies. View the complete video:...

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  • 12.09.2016 - Joseph Calleja Profiled in the Sunday Express

  • Norma, Vincenzo Bellini’s most famous work, is rarely performed because of its vocal demands. As one of the early 19th century operas of the “bel canto” style, it is a work in which the beauty of the voice is paramount, which is why an air of anticipation surrounds the Royal Opera House’s opening night of the new staging of Norma tomorrow And the anticipation is heightened by...

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