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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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  • 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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  • 09.05.2016 - Joseph Calleja - Meludia Ambassador video now online

  • Joseph Calleja speaks about Meludia, a platform which he has successfully lobbied the Maltese government to fund in their country, supporting music education for children. Enjoy this video interview via YouTube.

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  • 01.05.2016 - Joseph Calleja - ambassador for Meludia

  • On May 2, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat will launch a nationwide deployment of Meludia following Joseph Calleja’s championship of the the French web-based music learning platform. Access for an initial three-year period will be granted gratis to every resident and visitor of the Maltese tenor’s home country in an effort to increase music literacy. “Meludia is intuitively...

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  • 23.04.2016 - Joseph Calleja debuts as Don José in Oper Frankfurt's new production of 'Carmen'

  • Joseph Calleja sings the role of Don José in Bizet's Carmen for the first time, June 5, 15, 19, 25 & 29 and July 3 at Oper Frankfurt. Paula Murrihy sings the title role, with Karen Vuong as Micaëla and Daniel Schmutzhard as Escamillo. Barrie Kosky directs the production, with Constantinos Carydis leading from the pit.

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