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A young and exciting presence in today’s music world, Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja has established himself as one of the most promising artists of his generation. An exclusive Decca recording artist since 2003, his first two albums of opera arias captured critical and popular acclaim, and prompted Riccardo Chailly, with whom he collaborated on the first recording, to proclaim “For some time I have not heard such a talent at this young age, with a sound harking back to a quality I thought we had long lost.” Both albums were Editor's Choice in Gramophone Magazine, and the Observer described Calleja as “a rare discovery, evoking memories from Caruso to Domingo with the suppleness of his tone and the expressive, highly individual lyricism he brings to even the most familiar material.

Born in Malta in 1978, Joseph Calleja began singing at the age of 16 and was discovered by the Maltese tenor Paul Asciak, with whom he continues to study. He made his professional debut in Malta in 1997 as Macduff in Macbeth and went on to become a prize winner in at the Belvedere Hans Gabor competition the same year. He later won the 1998 Caruso Competition in Milan and was a prize winner in Placido Domingo’s Operalia in 1999.

Since then Joseph Calleja has performed with some of the most noted conductors in the industry, cast alongside the most prominent singers of our day and performed at the most celebrated venues in the world, counting the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the state opera in Vienna and the Royal Opera in London. His schedule is fully booked the next few years.

For more information and Calleja's schedule, see his official website:
http://www.josephcalleja.com
This biography was most recently edited by...
MusikMatterz - 20 Dec 2009
MusikMatterz - 20 Dec 2009
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