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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.

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  • 05.09.2016 - Joseph Calleja Profiled by The Guardian

  • Facing the music: Joseph Calleja, profiled by The Guardian.  The tenor loves the Beatles, gets cosy to Nat King Cole and would have loved to sing with von Karajan. Check out this feature interview on tenor Joseph Calleja!  Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/sep/05/facing-the-music-tenor-joseph-calleja

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  • 21.08.2016 - Joseph Calleja - role debut in 'Norma' at the Royal Opera House

  • Joseph Calleja kicks off his 2016-17 season with a new role in a new production at the Royal Opera House. Singing Pollione in Bellini’s Norma for the first time, the Maltese tenor stars in a production helmed by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus. The new take on this bel canto classic will also launch the Royal Opera House’s season. Joseph stars opposite Sonya Yoncheva...

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  • 13.08.2016 - Joseph Calleja - 2016/17 season highlights

  • Following a landmark 2015-16 season that was bookended by two role debuts as Boito’s Mefistofele and Bizet’s Don José, Joseph Calleja launches his 2016-17 season with another major role debut as Pollione in Bellini’s Norma at the Royal Opera House.  The Maltese tenor stars opposite Sonya Yoncheva in the title role in a new season-opening...

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  • 04.08.2016 - Joseph Calleja returns to the Royal Opera House in Bellini's 'Norma'

  • Joseph Calleja sings Pollione in a new production of Bellini's Norma this autumn at London's Royal Opera House. Mr. Calleja made his debut at the ROH in 2002 as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto, and has enjoyed a series of acclaimed portrayals for the company, including Alfredo in La traviata, Macduff in Macbeth, and more. The Norma performances take place September 12, 16, 20, 23...

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  • 27.07.2016 - Joseph Calleja - annual summer concert in Malta

  • Joseph Calleja’s annual Maltese summer concert takes place this year on July 28 at Fosos in Floriana. An annual tradition for the home-grown tenor and one of the highlights of his performance calendar, this year’s guest lineup features two legendary singer-songwriters representing Italy and the United States: Antonello Venditti and Suzanne Vega.  Steven Mercurio leads the evening from...

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  • 20.07.2016 - Joseph Calleja stars as Faust in 'Mefistofele'

  • Following his role debut as Boito’s Faust with the company at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Joseph Calleja returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper’s production of Mefistofele presented as part of the Münchner Opernfestspiele July 21 and 24.    The Maltese tenor stars opposite René Pape in the title role with Kristine Opolais as Margherita, Heike...

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