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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:

  • 12.10.2017 - Joseph Calleja in annual fund raising concert on October 27

  • The fifth edition of the BOV Joseph Calleja Fund Raising Concert is being held on Friday, October 27 at the Palace State Rooms at the Palace in Valletta. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation.Over the past year, the foundation has sponsored additional scholars, increasing the number to 28 – all of whom will be performing at the concert. Benefactors who...

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  • 02.10.2017 - Joseph Calleja: Norma interview

  • Listen to tenor Joseph Calleja talk about Bellini's Norma and his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. Ckick here to go to the interview.

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  • 30.09.2017 - Joseph Calleja: Interview about Norma

  • Listen to Joseph's latest interview about Norma at the Metropolitan Opera.WNYC

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  • 25.09.2017 - Joseph Calleja: Norma trailer

  • Watch the trailer for the upcoming Metropolitan Opera production of Bellini's Norma with Joseph Calleja starring as Pollione.

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  • 11.09.2017 - Joseph Calleja opens The Metropolitan Opera's season as Pollione

  • Joseph Calleja sings the role of Pollione in The Metropolitan Opera’s new staging of Norma, which opens their 2017/2018 season. The archetypal example of the Bel Canto style, Mr. Calleja takes on the challenge of singing this demanding tenor role. While the opera opens the season in the fall, it also returns in December. Most roles are double cast, however, Mr. Calleja sings all...

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  • 04.09.2017 - Listen to Joseph Calleja's duets with Angela Gheorghiu

  • Angela Gheorghiu’s new CD, Eternamente – The Verismo Album, will include three duets with tenor Joseph Calleja, including the climactic duet from Cavalleria rusticana in which Santuzza begs Turiddu to stay with her, the glorious final duet from Andrea Chénier and from Boito's Mefistofele, Margherita's aria while awaiting execution in which she prays for...

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