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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:

  • 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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  • 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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