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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:

  • 12.07.2016 - Joseph Calleja is a featured soloist in the Verdi Requiem in Orange

  • On July 16, Joseph Calleja returns to Orange, France for an open-air performance of Verdi’s mighty Requiem with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. A frequent interpreter of the work, the Maltese tenor is joined by soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano Ekaterina Gubanova, and bass Vitalij Kowaljow and the Choir of the Orfeón Donostiarra.  Tugan Sokhiev conducts the...

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  • 06.07.2016 - 'Joseph Calleja keeps guest artist names under wraps' for 28 July open-air concert

  • "Expect guest artists at this year's Joseph Calleja open-air concert - but you'll have to wait until the night itself to know who they are.  The world-famous tenor said today that the guests "should please a lot of different tastes", adding that this year's concert will bring the focus back to opera music, with "longer sections from popular and beloved opera pieces." Mr Calleja will be...

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  • 01.07.2016 - Joseph Calleja returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Faust in Boito's 'Mefistofele'

  • Joseph Calleja reprises his star turn as Faust in Boito's 'Mefistofele' this July at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Performances take place July 21 & 24, and feature René Pape in the title role, with Kristine Opolais as Margherita. Omer Meir Wellber leads from the pit for this production, directed by Roland Schwab. Please note several ticket areas are now sold out, with...

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  • 24.06.2016 - Joseph Calleja in concert with Bryn Terfel

  • Having invited the Welsh bass-baritone to join him for his annual summer concert in Malta in 2014, Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja now joins Terfel for a concert in his home country as part of the Llangollen International Musical Festival.  Now in its 70th year, the Festival hosts the two singers on July 7 with the Sinfonia Cymru and conductor Gareth Jones for a classical gala of arias and duets....

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  • 15.06.2016 - Joseph Calleja makes an "outstanding" debut as Don José in Frankfurt

  • "Joseph Callejas Debüt als Don José war überragend . . ." (Musik Heute) "Und Joseph Calleja, Don José, stimmt in diese feinsinnige Art ein, er gibt den sensiblen Counterpart: sensibel, nie schmetternd, mit klarer Diktion und in fantastischer Disposition. Seine Höhe hat Strahlkraft und Schönheit und vor allem Natürlichkeit." (BR-Klassik)

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  • 08.06.2016 - Critical acclaim for Joseph Calleja's role debut as Don José

  • "And Joseph Calleja, Don José, joins in this subtle way, he's the sensitive Counterpart: sensitive, never blaring, with clear diction and in fantastic voice. It has height, charisma and beauty, and above all naturalness." {Und Joseph Calleja, Don José, stimmt in diese feinsinnige Art ein, er gibt den sensiblen Counterpart: sensibel, nie schmetternd, mit klarer Diktion und in...

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