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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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  • 06.07.2016 - 'Joseph Calleja keeps guest artist names under wraps' for 28 July open-air concert

  • "Expect guest artists at this year's Joseph Calleja open-air concert - but you'll have to wait until the night itself to know who they are. 

    The world-famous tenor said today that the guests "should please a lot of different tastes", adding that this year's concert will bring the focus back to opera music, with "longer sections from popular and beloved opera pieces."

    Mr Calleja will be performing at the Floriana Granaries on 28 July. He will be joined on stageby Italian icon Antonello Venditti and American singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, as well as by the BOV Children's Choir, led by Gillian Zammit, and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of maestro Stephen Mercurio 

    Standing tickets will be free of charge, with seated tickets available for sale online with prices starting from €80.

    This is the 10th year the open-air concerts are taking place. Mr Calleja said the concert has changed the local music scene, "especially when you consider its effect on young people and the way it has exposed a wider audience to classical music."

    Times of Malta - 6 June 2016

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