Joseph Calleja Profile Photo

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:

  • 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...

    » more

  • 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...

    » more

  • 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...

    » more

  • 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...

    » more

  • 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...

    » more

  • 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...

    » more