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Joseph Calleja

  • Tenor


Joseph Calleja press reviews

"In Joseph Calleja, the young Maltese star tenor, we had a man on stage who can leave even hard-bitten listeners with tears in their eyes. Excitedly and with youthful naïveté, he walks out on the platform, nothing in Calleja’s arsenal is more effective than a baffling magic trick. And then off he goes, right into L’elisir d’amore “Una furtiva lagrima”, a slight smokiness in the lower register, gentle frost in the middle range, pure fire on the top. Vocal drama from a distant era, like we can hear on the old shellac recordings featuring the voices of the greatest of the great: Caruso, Gigli…" Ulrich Amling, Der Tagesspiegel, August 2005 "Calleja was certainly the uncrowned king of the evening, vocally and dramatically present from the first note on, and dynamically flexible all the way to pianissimo yet never ostentatiously flaunting the power of his brightly timbred voice. The effortlessness all the way to his unforced top notes opens extraordinary future prospects." Gerard Schroth, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung September 2005, La Bohème at the Oper Frankfurt.