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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:

  • 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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  • 30.03.2016 - Calleja opens in 'Simon Boccanegra' at The Met this weekend

  • Joseph Calleja sings the role of Gabriele Adorno in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, opening this weekend at The Metropolitan Opera. He stars opposite Plácido Domingo in the title role, with performances taking place  April 1, 5, 9, 13, and 16. While in New York, Joseph is also honored as one of five 2016 Opera News Awards laureates in an April 10th at a spectacular black-tie gala...

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  • 26.03.2016 - Joseph Calleja - Opera News Awards feature

  • "Auditory ecstasy is a rare commodity. Those moments in the theater when a vocal performance suspends us in time are the glimpses of the divine that keep us coming back. Joseph Calleja is profligate with such moments, regularly rousing his fans to euphoria. Listening to Calleja’s rich, juicy middle register, one revels in its consistent beauty of tone; as it rises into the passaggio and beyond,...

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  • 19.03.2016 - 2016-17 season announcement - Joseph Calleja revives Mefistofele in Munich

  • Following a critically acclaimed role debut as Boito’s Faust, Joseph Calleja will return to the Bayerische Staatsoper for a revival of the composer’s Mefistofele in November.  Presented as part of the company’s recently announced 2016-17 season, the three performances on November 4, 7, and 10 will see the Maltese tenor opposite Erwin Schrott in the title role...

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