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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:

  • 14.03.2016 - Simon Boccanegra at The Metropolitan Opera

  • Following an acclaimed return to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joseph Calleja heads to New York for a revival of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Metropolitan Opera. Reprising the role of Gabriele Adorno, the Maltese tenor stars opposite the legendary Plácido Domingo in the title role in performances heard on April 1, 5, 9, 13, and 16. While in New York, Joseph is also honored as one of five...

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  • 08.03.2016 - Joseph Calleja awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music

  • Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja has been named one of the 2016 inductees into the Royal Academy of Music’s Honorary Members. A regular presence on London’s opera and concert stages, Joseph joins a roster that includes Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland, Paul McCartney, Nicolai Gedda, Joyce DiDonato, and Plácido Domingo.  The elite membership is limited to 300 members with the award to...

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  • 01.03.2016 - Critical acclaim for Joseph Calleja's Romeo in Chicago

  • Joseph Calleja’s Romeo in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new Roméo et Juliette has earned the Maltese tenor acclaim for a “megawatt tenor,” “robust passion,” and an “effortlessly clarion sound.”  “Calleja cut a suitably dashing, Byronesque figure and produced a big, bright, effortlessly clarion sound that rang to thrilling effect in...

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  • 17.02.2016 - Joseph Calleja returns to The Metropolitan Opera in 'Rigoletto' next season

  • As announced by the company, Joseph Calleja returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the 2016-17 season. The Maltese tenor revisits the role of the Duke of Mantova in the company’s revival of Rigoletto, starring in Michael Mayer’s Vegas-inspired production. Joseph sings opposite Olga Peretyatko as Gilda and Zeljko Lucic in the title role April 19, 22, and 27. Pier Giorgio...

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  • 09.02.2016 - Joseph Calleja sings Verdi in concert at the Royal Festival Hall

  • "The chronology was from Calleja’s life rather than Verdi’s, beginning with the role that the tenor first sang when he was 19 years old - Macduff in Macbeth.The aria expresses Macduff’s grief and anger on hearing that his wife and children have been murdered by the tyrant Macbeth.  It was a storming start. Calleja followed the rage of Macduff’s “Ah, the paternal...

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  • 26.01.2016 - Roméo et Juliette in Chicago

  • This season, Joseph Calleja sings the role of Roméo in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Performances take place February 22, 25 & 28 and March 2, 5 & 8, with Susanna Phillips starring as Juliette. Emmanuel Villaume leads the Lyric Opera Orchestra for this production, directed by Bartlett Sher. 

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