Preview: The Maltese Tenor – Joseph Calleja presented by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Superstar tenor Joseph Calleja joins the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for a one-off concert, on 10th January 2020. Conducted by David Giménez Carreras, the concert will include arias from much-loved operas by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and many more.
Among the programme’s highlights are “E lucevan le stelle” from Puccini’s Tosca and “Una furtiva lagrima” from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.
Blessed with a golden-age voice that routinely inspires comparisons to “legendary singers from earlier eras: Jussi Björling, Beniamino Gigli, even Enrico Caruso” (Associated Press), Maltese-born Joseph Calleja has quickly become one of the most acclaimed and sought-after tenors today.
Quoting New Yorker magazine: “Only one lyric tenor on the scene today has the honeyed tone and ingratiating style to make comparisons to Pavarotti and Gigli seem serious, and it is Calleja.”
Calleja was only 19 when he made his operatic debut as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Astra Theatre in Malta, shortly before winning an award in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition that launched his international career. He went on to win the 1998 Caruso Competition in Milan and was a prize winner in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia in 1999, the year of his US debut at the Spoleto Festival. Since then Calleja has gone on to appear with the world’s great opera companies including The Royal Opera (UK), the Hamburg State Opera and the Vienna State Opera.