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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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  • 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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  • 06.05.2017 - Joseph Calleja: "La maturité a affermi la puissance de la voix" (

  • "La maturité a affermi la puissance de la voix, l'expérience en a conforté la largeur sans altérer l'unité des registres. La souplesse intacte autorise des cadences en forme d'arabesque, dessinée d'un trait habile. Subsiste aussi le léger grelot dont le ténor maltais a fait sa marque de fabrique. Ce signe distinctif, immédiatement...

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  • 23.04.2017 - Joseph Calleja stars as Cavaradossi with Grange Park Opera

  • This summer Mr. Calleja travels to the bucolic Grange Park Opera to star as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca from June 8 through July 2. In a production by Peter Relton Mr. Calleja is joined by Ekaterina Metlova as Tosca and Roland Wood as Scarpia to complete this tragic love triangle. Maestro Gianluca Marciano leads the show from the podium. For tickets and program information, click here 

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  • 12.04.2017 - Joseph Calleja makes his Broad Stage Debut

  • In a tribute concert to the legendary tenor Mario Lanza, Joseph Calleja will make his Broad Stage debut in Santa Monica on May 10. The GRAMMY-nominated Maltese tenor, with "one of the loveliest voices in opera right now" (The New York Times) will sing a program of arias and popular classics. For tickets and program information, click here 

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