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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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  • 26.09.2016 - Joseph Calleja: "Norma live from the Royal Opera House"

  • "The Eden Cinemas is today launching its 2016-2017 season of live cinema from the Royal Opera House in London.

    Joseph Calleja is playing the principal role of Norma’s secret lover, Pollione.

    The season will commence with a new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto opera, Norma, featuring Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja.

    The new production is conducted by Antonio Pappano and is distinguished by a superlative cast of internationally renowned singers.

    Àlex Ollé, of innovative Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus, brings a modern edge to this timeless tale of love, rivalry and betrayal, set against a backdrop of war driven by the extremes of a fanatically religious society.

    Royal Opera music director Antonio Pappano conducts the cast that includes Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Norma; Calleja as her secret lover, Pollione; Sonia Ganassi as the priestess Adalgisa; and Brindley Sherratt as Norma’s father Oroveso.

    Through lighting and other details, Eden Cinemas aims to create the feel of a theatre environment."

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