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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:

  • 10.06.2014 - Joseph Calleja in Madama Butterfly

  • Continuing his string of May and June performances in four different works at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Joseph Calleja stars in the company’s production of Madama Butterfly. The tenor can be heard as B.F. Pinkerton on June 12, 14, and 19. 

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  • 14.05.2014 - Joseph Calleja sings Verdi's Requiem

  • Joseph Calleja continues his acclaimed interpretations of Verdi’s repertoire with two performances of the composer’s Requiem with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra. The tenor joins Sir Antonio Pappano at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on May 16 and London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 18.

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  • 07.04.2014 - Joseph Calleja stars as Faust in London

  • Joseph Calleja stars as Faust alongside Bryn Terfel, Sonya Yoncheva, and Simon Keenlyside in David McVicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s grand opera, set in decadent 1870s Paris at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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  • 28.02.2014 - Joseph Calleja in Helsinki

  • Joseph Calleja returns to Finland to perform a concert of operatic arias at the Helsinki Music Centre in Finland on March 1.

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  • 17.01.2014 - Joseph Calleja returns to the Metropolitan Opera

  • Following a landmark 2013 that included an appearance at the Kennedy Centre Honours, Joseph Calleja begins 2014 in New York where he returns to the Metropolitan Opera to star as Rodolfo in La Bohème in Franco Zeffirelli’s much-loved production. 

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  • 12.03.2013 - Joseph Calleja- Adorno in Vienna

  • Joseph Calleja will sing Gabriele Adorno in a concert of Verdi's Simone Boccanegra alongside Thomas Hampson in the title role on April 13. The performance at Vienna Konzerthaus will be recorded for later CD release.

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