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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:

  • 15.11.2017 - Joseph Calleja: new ROH Norma DVD

  • Bel Canto fans will be treated to a new Norma from the Royal Opera House with a stellar cast. Sonya Yoncheva stars in the Mount Everest of soprano roles as Norma alongside Joseph Calleja as Pollione. Sonia Ganassi sings the role of Adalgisa while Antonio Pappano conducts. Opus Arte will release the DVD.

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  • 12.11.2017 - Joseph Calleja comes back to the Metropolitan Opera

  • For the end of the year, Joseph Calleja returns to the Metropolitan Opera to portray Pollione in Bellini's Norma for the second time this season. The December run will feature Angela Meade as Norma and Jamie Barton as Adalgisa. Joseph Colaneri will conduct on December 1, 5, 8, 11 and 16. For more information and tickets, click here.

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  • 25.10.2017 - Joseph Calleja: Fundraising concert

  • The fifth edition of the BOV Joseph Calleja Fundraising Concert is being held on Friday at the Palace state rooms in Valletta. Following the concert, patrons will be invited to attend a reception at the Casino Maltese. The annual fundraiser will feature Calleja performing along with a number of scholars who have been supported by the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation. All proceeds from the concert will go...

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  • 23.10.2017 - Joseph Calleja interviewed at Casa Italiana

  • The first “Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin” of this season featured Joseph Calleja, who was singing Pollione at the Met’s new production of Norma and will appear in the role through December. The interview took place on October 17 at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. Watch the whole interview here.

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  • 21.10.2017 - Joseph Calleja sings Cavaradossi in Munich

  • Joseph Calleja returns to Munich in the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, which he sang for the first time last season at Grange Park Opera. The performances take place November 8, 11, 14, & 17. He's joined by a fantastic cast feauring Anja Harteros in the title role and Željko Lučić as Scarpia. Daniele Callegari conducts. For more information and tickets,...

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  • 17.10.2017 - Joseph Calleja interview at Casa Italiana in NYC

  • The first “Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin” of this season features Joseph Calleja, who is currently singing Pollione at the Met’s new production of Norma and will appear in the role through December. The interview will take place on October 17 at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.

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