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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:

  • 15.01.2016 - Southbank Centre Concert

  • On January 22, Joseph Calleja returns to London for a Southbank Centre concert held at Royal Festival Hall.  The Maltese tenor brings with him a selection of his favorite arias from the canon of Verdi, including selections from Rigoletto, La traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Un ballo in maschera, and Macbeth. Joseph is joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Ramón...

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  • 23.12.2015 - January performances in La Bohème at Berlin Staatsoper

  • Joseph Calleja begins 2016 with a return to Germany. At Berlin’s Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, the Maltese tenor reprises his signature role of Rodolfo in La Bohème, giving performances as Puccini’s penniless poet January 8, 16, and 19.  Under the baton of Domingo Hindoyan, Joseph stars opposite Sonya Yoncheva as Mimì, with Anna Samuil as Musetta and Arttu...

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  • 11.12.2015 - Opera News announces honorees of 2016 award

  • Joseph Calleja joins prominent members of the opera community as an honoree of the 2016 Opera News Award. The Maltese tenor has been lauded as "one of the finest lyric tenors in the world" (Opera News) and will be presented the award at the April 10 gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.    Opera News recognized five singers this year, honoring Anna...

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  • 18.02.2015 - Joseph Calleja returns to Bayerische Staatsoper’s Madama Butterfly this week

  • Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper to once again star as Pinkerton in the company’s production of Madama Butterfly. Having last sung the role in Munich last June, Joseph now sings the role for three performances February 21, 23, and 26, opposite Kristine Opolais in the title role. Stefano Ranzani conducts the performances, which revive Wolf Busse's production....

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  • 14.08.2014 - Joseph Calleja in Denmark

  • Joseph Calleja appears in Denmark twice this month with concerts in Copenhagen (August 15) and Aalborg (August 17). His appearance in the capital city marks the 171st anniversary of the Tivoli Gardens. Joining the tenor are the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra and conductor Yves Abel.  They will reprise their August 15 program two days later at the Musikkens Hus in Aalborg.

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  • 02.07.2014 - Joseph Calleja stars as Alfredo at the Bayerische Staatsoper

  • Completing a run of four separate opera productions with the Bayerische Staatsoper over the last two months, Joseph Calleja brings his acclaimed account of Alfredo Germont to Munich for three performances of La Traviata on July 4, 7, and 10. He stars opposite Simon Keenlyside as Giorgio Germont and Diana Damrau as Violetta.  

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