Malta's own Tenor, Joseph Calleja, sings two arias from two different operas: Recondita Armonia from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini and Questa o Quella from Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.
We're showing photos of his and our beautiful islands of Malta and Gozo, photos that were taken by my Malaysian wife, Jasmine.
Video by Alfred with the help of Jasmine Grech.
Photos by Choy Hong (Jasmine) Grech, Mosta, Malta.
REVIEWS about Joseph Calleja
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"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, September 2005, La Bohème at the Opera Frankfurt.
The other big success of the evening was Joseph Calleja in the secondary role of Nicias. A huge voice and an easy confident presence, it's easy to see why he got such raves recently in Vienna standing in at short notice for a sick Villazon in La Traviata.
Intermezzo, 29 June 2007
The Cultured Gent
His duet with Fleming, "C'est Thaïs, I'idole fragile (Thaïs, the frail idol)," was as good as it gets, and let's hope that he soon brings out a CD of such songs. His enthusiasm at the end of the performance when the singers were taking their bows was reminiscent of the excitement Karita Mattila shows when she knows the night has gone well.
Peter Wilson, The Cultured Gent, 30 June 2007
The Evening Standard
[...] Joseph Calleja was suitably exuberant as the sybarite philosopher
Barry Millington, The Evening Standard, 28 June 2007
[...] Joseph Calleja's honeyed tenor as Nicias was not far off
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 28 June 2007
The Financial Times
[...] and tenor Joseph Calleja showed he has returned to fine form as Nicias.
Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 3 July 2007
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