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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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  • 09.02.2016 - Joseph Calleja sings Verdi in concert at the Royal Festival Hall

  • "The chronology was from Calleja’s life rather than Verdi’s, beginning with the role that the tenor first sang when he was 19 years old - Macduff in Macbeth.The aria expresses Macduff’s grief and anger on hearing that his wife and children have been murdered by the tyrant Macbeth. 

    It was a storming start. Calleja followed the rage of Macduff’s “Ah, the paternal hand” with a favourite aria from Rigoletto – the Duke of Mantua’s cynical “Questa o quella” (This woman or that one) ...

    After the interval Calleja brought out the full fury of Rodolfo when the character believes, wrongly of course, that Luisa Miller has deceived him. The concert ended with the tenor aria from Verdi’s Aida “Celeste Aida”, in which the Egyptian warrior Radames sings of his secret love for the Ethiopian slave girl. Verdi had written the aria for the start of the opera, reputedly to tax the tenor before he had had time to warm up. Calleja, leaving it to the last, sang the virtuoso aria sublimely.

    The extended high B flat of the final note floated out on to the air like a blessing."

    Claire Colvin - Express

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