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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.

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  • 13.05.2019 - Joseph Calleja: Don José in Berlin

  • On May 19, Joseph Calleja will perform at the No.1 Court Celebration, a special exhibition of tennis and music. Joining him are the BBC Concert Orchestra and Paloma Faith. He then travels to Berlin to sing Don José on June 19 and 22, with Stéphanie d'Oustrac as Carmen and Samuel Dale Johnson as Escamillo. Jacques Lacombe conducts.

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  • 01.04.2019 - Joseph Calleja: Rigoletto in Vienna

  • After his April 19 concert at the Budapest Spring Festival, Joseph Calleja heads towards Vienna, where he sings the Duca in Verdi's Rigoletto from May 1 - 16. Conductor Giampaolo Bisanti leads the cast, with Christopher Maltman in the title role, Aida Garifullina as Gilda, Jongmin Park as Sparafucile and Nadia Krasteva as Maddalena.

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  • 25.02.2019 - Joseph Calleja: Cavaradossi at the Met

  • From March 18 - April 6, Joseph Calleja brings his stylish tenor to the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, with Sondra Radvanovsky and rising star Jennifer Rowley sharing the title role of the volatile diva at the heart of Puccini’s operatic thriller. Wolfgang Koch is the nefarious police chief Scarpia, and Carlo Rizzi conducts Sir David McVicar’s resplendent...

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  • 14.01.2019 - Joseph Calleja: Performances in Germany

  • Joseph Calleja spends the month of February in Germany, where on February 4 and 8 he stars as Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, moving on to the role of Don José in Bizet's Carmen at the Bayerische Staatsoper on February 25 and 28, and March 3.

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  • 17.12.2018 - Joseph Calleja: Norma in Munich

  • On January 5, 9 and 12, Joseph Calleja reprises the role of Pollione in Bellini's Norma at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. His Norma is Carmen Giannattasio and Adalgisa is Angela Brower. Daniele Callegari conducts. He then travels to Vienna, where on January 22 he sings a recital with pianist Vincenzo Scalera at the Wiener Staatsoper.

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  • 11.11.2018 - Joseph Calleja: December concerts

  • For his last performances of the year, Mr. Calleja travels to the Musikkens Hus in Aalborg on December 6 to sing a concert with conductor Ramón Tebar, then, on December 11, he stars in the London Winter Concert at the Royal Festival Hall. The concert features principal artist Joseph Calleja, supported by soprano He Wu and the captivating young singing talent Beau Dermott....

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