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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:

  • 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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  • 30.05.2016 - Joseph Calleja - role debut as Don José in Bizet's 'Carmen'

  • In a 2015-16 season bookended by role debuts, beginning with Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele, Joseph Calleja now sings his first Don José in Bizet’s Carmen with Oper Frankfurt.  In a production by Barrie Kosky conducted by Constantinos Carydis, the Maltese tenor stars opposite Paula Murrihy in the tempestuous title role. Karen Vuong sings José’s...

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  • 23.05.2016 - Joseph Calleja - summer performances in Frankfurt, Llangollen, Orange, Munich, and Malta

  • Joseph Calleja begins his summer performance season with a role debut as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at Oper Frankfurt, June 5 through July 3. In the perennially popular work, the Maltese tenor stars opposite Paula Murrihy in the title role, with Daniel Schmutzhard as Escamillo and Karen Vuong as Micaëla. Constantinos Carydis conducts Barrie Kosky’s...

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  • 16.05.2016 - Joseph Calleja - July concert guest artist announcement

  • "Legendary Italian singer Antonello Venditti will be the guest artist at this year's Joseph Calleja concert. The world-renowned tenor's concert will be held on July 28 at The Granaries, Floriana.  Venditti's works are known to have a strong social and political conscience, penning classics like Grazie Roma, Benvenuti In Paradiso, In Questo Mondo...

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