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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:

  • 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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  • 17.04.2016 - Joseph Calleja featured in Shakespeare 400 Gala Concert

  • This week, Joseph Calleja returns to the United Kingdom for a special gala concert in the historic Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Performing at the church where Shakespeare was baptized and buried, the Maltese tenor along with soprano Angel Blue celebrate the Bard’s operatic legacy in the 400th anniversary year of his death. Roger Vignoles accompanies on piano.  The...

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  • 11.04.2016 - Times of Malta highlights Joseph Calleja's recent Opera News Award win

  • Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja was last night handed the Opera News award during a ceremony in New York. Calleja was among five honorees to be acknowledged for contributions to the opera world at the 11th annual awards ceremony. The tenor was handed the award by opera legend Placido Domingo - the two are incidentally currently performing in Simon Boccanegra in New York. Read the...

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  • 08.04.2016 - Joseph Calleja honored with Opera News award on April 10

  • In between performances of Simon Boccanegra (opening tonight at the Metropolitan Opera), Joseph Calleja will be honored with a 2016 Opera News Award on April 10. The Maltese tenor will receive the prize for excellence in the genre in a black-tie gala at the Plaza Hotel alongside fellow inductees Anna Netrebko, Elīna Garanča, Waltraud Meier, and José van Dam. In this...

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