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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:

  • 30.03.2017 - Joseph Calleja celebrates the Metropolitan Opera's 50th Anniversary

  • In celebration of the Metropolitan Opera's 50th Anniversary Joseph Calleja will sing on May 7 in a Gala Concert alongside the international opera community's brightest stars. Director and set designer Julian Crouch and projections designer 59 Productions set the stage for this unforgettable celebration. A formal dinner will follow the concert in Lincoln Center. For tickets and program information,...

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  • 18.03.2017 - Joseph Calleja appears in concert in Vilnius

  • Joseph Calleja travels to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for a solo concert at Compensa Hall on March 21. He will delight the Lithuanian public with a concert of arias, includes those for which he has become internationally well know. Mr. Calleja was recently named one of 'The World's top 10 male opera voice' (Le Figaro) and his recent portrayal of Don Jose was lauded as "Superb" (Chicago...

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  • 02.03.2017 - Joseph Calleja returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’

  • Reprising his internationally celebrated portrayal of the caddish Duke of Mantua Joseph Calleja returns to the Metropolitan Opera to star in Verdi's 'Rigoletto' on April 19, 22, and 27. In Michael Mayer's hit production set in Las Vegas, Mr. Calleja is joined by Olga Peretyatko as the innocent Gilda and Željko Lučić in the tragic title role. Maestro Pier Giorgio Morandi leads the Metropolitan Opera...

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  • 24.02.2017 - Joseph Calleja named among opera's top 10 male voices

  • Following Mr. Calleja’s recent success as Don José in Chicago for which his performances were characterized as “superb” (Chicago Tribune), he has just been named one of the world's top 10 male opera voices by French newspaper ‘Le Figaro.’ For the full article, click here

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  • 17.02.2017 - Joseph Calleja is “superb” as Don José in ‘Carmen’ at Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • “There is some fine singing, most notably that of Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja as Don Jose, the callow young corporal whose obsession with the Gypsy seductress Carmen spells his doom … and Italian lyric soprano Eleonora Buratto as Micaela, his village sweetheart, who tries to rescue him from Carmen’s clutches. Both proved to be the real deal heading the cast fielded by Lyric Opera...

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  • 10.02.2017 - Joesph Calleja: “The ultimate travel bucket list for culture lovers”

  • Joseph Calleja’s starring performance in Norma for the 2017-2018 season opening of The Metropolitan Opera has been listed by the Telegraph as a performance worthy of international travel. Together with stars Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma and Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa completing the tragic love triangle, this virtuosic bel canto masterpiece would surely be the highlight of any trip to New York...

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