March 1, 2023
Joseph Calleja is one of the world’s foremost tenors. He has performed in numerous operatic roles, solo performances and concerts to great acclaim and has scooped up several major international awards, since his early operatic debut at 19 years of age at the Astra Theatre in Gozo. He is a recording artist with one of the top recording labels and has been nominated for the Grammy awards. Much sought after, his life is a whirlwind of appearances on the major stages of the world. From the Met in New York to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden he is constantly lauded and his golden voice is compared to history’s greats. He is in fact considered the successor to Pavarotti.Gregarious and outgoing, his social media accounts chart his travels and his performances but also his personal life and his island home of Malta, which remains his base. He is known worldwide as ‘The Maltese tenor’ and his connections with our country include representing Malta as its first ever cultural ambassador as well as philanthropic activities to open the world’s doors to our young musicians.
MUSIC PLAYED IN PODCAST
E lucevan le stelle, Joseph Calleja, Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, Marco Armiliato
Charmaine, Joseph Calleja, Mantovani & His Orchestra from the album ‘The Magic of Mantovani’, Decca, 2020
Oh mostruosa colpa!, Joseph Calleja (tenor), Vittorio Vitelli (baritone) Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Ramón Tebar from the album ‘Calleja Verdi’, Decca, 2018
*The music played in this podcast episode is 'Verdala Riff' by Oscar Lucas and his Verdala Boys, Recorded in Austria