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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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  • 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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  • 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:

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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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