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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:

  • 17.02.2016 - 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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  • 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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