Joseph Calleja

Maltese Tenor (b.1978, Malte)

Joseph Calleja has a "Golden Age Voice" that is deeply admired on both sides of the Atlantic. He has already sung over 28 leading roles on the world's most prestigious opera stages, from the New York Metropolitan Opera to Covent Garden in London, via the Vienna Staatsoper.

Joseph Calleja began singing at the age of 16, first with his local church choir, and then more seriously, working with the Maltese tenor Paul Asciak. He made his professional debut in Malta in 1997 as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth. He has won a number of prestigious international awards and sung with virtually all of the major international opera companies. In 2012, alone, he performed Faust by Gounod at the Met, Roberto Devereux by Donizetti, as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème in Covent Garden, as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto by Verdi in Munich and as Pinkerton in Puccini's Madame Butterfly in Vienna.

He also gives concerts, and is part of the Three Tenors with Plácido Domingo and Rolando Villazón. They have performed at Covent Garden, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. Calleja has also performed in galas in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Strasbourg, Eisenstadt, Malta, Munich, Berlin and Helsinki. Joseph Calleja has toured throughout Germany as a soloist, as well as with soprano Anna Netrebko. He has performed at festivals such as the Faenol Festival (with Bryn Terfel), the Salzburg Festival and the BBC Proms, where he sang in Verdi's Requiem conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

In 2013, his performances included the role of Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi Bellini), the Duke of Mantua in Munich, Rodolfo in Chicago. He performed in A ballo in maschera Verdi in Frankfurt and Simon Boccanegra (Verdi) in Vienna. He has an exclusive contract with DECCA.

Six Landmark Dates in the Life of Joseph Calleja:

1997  Won the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition
1998  Won 1st Prize at the Caruso Competition in Milan
1999  Laureate of the Operalia de Domingo competition
2006  Had his Met debut in Rigoletto by Verdi
2012  A DVD recording La Traviata was nominated for a Grammy
2012  Made Cultural Ambassador of Malta 

Five Key Recordings by Joseph Calleja 

Joseph Calleja, The Maltese Tenor
The Romandy Orchestra
conducted by Marco Armiliato
Decca 2011

Bellini : I Capuleti e i Montecchi
with Tiziano Bracci, Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Robert Gleadow
Wiener Singakademie, Wiener Symphoniker
conducted by Fabio Luisi
Deutsche Grammophon 2009

Joseph Calleja, The Golden Voice
The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields
Conducted by Carlo Rizzi
Decca 2005

Verdi : La Traviata  (DVD)
Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson,
conducted by Antonio Pappano
Opus Arte 2011

Verdi : Simon Boccanegra
Placido Domingo, Mariana Polavskaya, Ferruccio Furlanetto,
conducted by Antonio Pappano