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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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  • 26.03.2016 - Joseph Calleja - Opera News Awards feature

  • "Auditory ecstasy is a rare commodity. Those moments in the theater when a vocal performance suspends us in time are the glimpses of the divine that keep us coming back. Joseph Calleja is profligate with such moments, regularly rousing his fans to euphoria.

    Listening to Calleja’s rich, juicy middle register, one revels in its consistent beauty of tone; as it rises into the passaggio and beyond, it grows ever more sublime, acquiring a tender, passionate throb of emotion that provides an exquisite sensual thrill. Calleja’s voice doesn’t pierce through the orchestra or float over it; it seems to fill the air from all sides and wrap itself around the listener like a cloak of silk velvet—warm and luxuriously plush, yet graceful and flexible."

    Read the entire feature via Opera News.

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