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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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  • 30.06.2017 - Joseph Calleja debuts in ‘I due Foscari’ at the Salzburg Festival

  • Mr. Calleja makes his debut at the Salzburg Summer Opera Festival in a concert performance of Verdi's I due Foscari. In his role debut as Jacopo Foscari, Mr. Calleja stars alongside Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari, Maria Agresta as Lucrezia Contarini, Roberto Tagliavini as Jacopo Loredano, and Bror Magnus Tødenes as Barbarigo. The Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg will be led by Maestro...

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  • 19.06.2017 - Joseph Calleja’s role debut as Cavaradossi “couldn’t fail to seduce” (Backtrack)

  • "Calleja's performance was so confident, so open, so natural that one could only wonder why he hasn't tackled the role before. The sheer warmth of the voice and the easy swell of his phrasing couldn't fail to seduce, and there was power to burn in the big dramatic highs. He sang a particularly fine part in the Act III duet "Amaro sol per te m'era morire", when he tells Tosca that losing her was the...

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  • 11.06.2017 - Live stream: Joseph Calleja in concert on June 13 at 9pm (BST)

  • The Gramophone Award-winning tenor Joseph Calleja will be appearing at a special charity concert at London's Victoria and Albert Museum on June 13 at 9pm (BST) in aid of the Inle trust. Mr. Calleja will perform alongside soprano Rebecca Newman, pianist Vincenzo Scalera and Burmese classical dance Htike Yadana. To watch the live stream hosted by Gramophone, click here  For performance information...

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  • 06.06.2017 - Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Gala Review

  • "It was an interesting night for tenors, especially for two younger ones, in mid- and early career, respectively. Joseph Calleja, appearing with a splendid Sonya Yoncheva in the Act I duet from "La Bohème," once again showed how, note for note, he possesses the most beautiful tenor voice in opera: his honeyed tone conjures up the shades of Gigli and Caruso." Russell Platt (The New Yorker) For...

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  • 26.05.2017 - Jospeh Calleja stars in recital for the Inle Trust

  • Mr. Calleja will appear in concert on June 13 at the V&A Raphael Gallery in London to benefit the Inle Trust. He is joined by Burmese classical dancer Htike Yadana, pianist Vincenzo Scalera, and soprano Rebecca Newman. The event will be focused on raising funds for the continuation of the monastery work currently going on in Burma, a project supported by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and for helping...

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  • 16.05.2017 - Joseph Calleja to appear at the Drake Calleja Trust Scholars' Showcase

  • On May 20, the UN Ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel serves as the venue for the annual Drake Calleja Trust Scholars' Showcase Concert. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite for this special event, where Joseph Calleja will appear in performance alongside winners of the Trust's Scholarships.  Drake Calleja Trust Mission: The DCT was launched in September 2015 and aims to financially support and...

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