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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:

  • 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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  • 26.08.2017 - Joseph Calleja returns to the Met

  • The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season will reopen this September with Bellini’s timeless opera Norma, which will have its first performance on September 25 and go on until October 20. Mr. Calleja will sing in all performances and return to the Met in December to sing Pollione again with a second cast. His colleagues will include international opera stars like Sondra Radvanosky and Joyce...

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  • 23.08.2017 - Joseph Calleja: I due Foscari

  • Jacopo trouve en Jospeh Calleja un interprète complet et charismatique. Il faut louer la palette de couleur et l’attention aux nuances du ténor maltais qui permettent de donner une épaisseur à l’innocent persécuté. Du piano infime à l’aigu péremptoire il ne lui manque aucune cartouche, ni aucune demi-teintes qu’il...

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  • 19.08.2017 - Joseph Calleja designated as "Cavaliere al Merito della Repubblica Italiana"

  • Italian Ambassador Giovanni Umberto De Vito today honoured tenor Joseph Calleja with the high Italian decoration of ‘Cavaliere al Merito della Repubblica Italiana’. The Maltese tenor was given the award for his outstanding artistic talents in performing Italian composers’ work, his exceptional portrayals of numerous leading roles in Italian operas and his passionate performance of...

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