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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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  • 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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  • 28.11.2011 - No Stopping The Maltese Tenor

  • “At the concert’s end the crowd cheered, stamped and shouted for an encore” Joseph Calleja continues his meteoric rise on both sides of the Atlantic this winter with triumphant returns to New York, Paris, Munich and Vienna. After his critically acclaimed recital at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City as a guest of NPR Music, Vivienne Schweitzer of the New York Times enthused “Mr....

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  • 01.11.2011 - Joseph Calleja’s New Decca Classics CD, The Maltese Tenor, Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Classical Chart

  • The Maltese Tenor, Joseph Calleja’s third solo album for Decca Classics, debuted today in the top position on the Billboard Classical Traditional chart in the U.S. The news comes on the heels of the album’s equally auspicious debut in Europe, where it claimed the number one spot on the specialist classical chart in the UK and was the top seller in the classical vocal category in Germany....

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  • 10.10.2011 - Joseph Calleja to Celebrate U.S. Release of The Maltese Tenor With Concert at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on Oct 24, Webcast Live on NPR Music

  • The Maltese-born Calleja ... has matured into one of the finest lyric tenors before the public today.”  — Associated Press Following chart-topping debuts in the U.K. and Germany, The Maltese Tenor, Joseph Calleja’s third solo album for Decca Classics, will be released in the U.S. on Monday, October 24. To coincide with the release, Joseph Calleja...

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