Please note: Due to current restrictions in relation to Covid 19, this event has now been postponed to October and November 2022. Venues will contact existing ticket holders to arrange a transfer to the new date, or provide a refund.

Joseph Calleja is one of the most exciting lyric tenors in the world today.

Blessed with a golden-age voice which routinely inspires comparisons to legendary singers from earlier eras, Calleja is now a superstar in all the greatest opera houses and concert halls.

His extensive discography includes a thrilling Verdi album and a hugely popular tribute to Mario Lanza, whilst his performance of Puccini’s famous Nessun dorma at The Last Night of the Proms at The Royal Albert Hall was nothing short of electrifying.

In this, his eagerly anticipated debut Australian tour, the Maltese born singer described as the young Pavarotti will be joined by two of Australia’s best-loved artists, soprano Amelia Farrugia, who is also of Maltese heritage, and internationally acclaimed pianist Piers Lane, in an unforgettable performance.

“His rock-solid yet ever-malleable voice and blazing stage presence could light a thousand lamps.”  – Independent

“Calleja strode on stage like some colossus, spreading his arms wide to embrace not just the orchestra and the audience but, it would seem, also all of Singapore, showering concertgoers all with blown kisses and piercing looks. In terms of sheer physical presence, he was more than a match for the great legendary tenors of yesteryear.

His voice had a grandly commanding quality too, with sparkling delivery of words, scintillating precision of pitch, plenty of weight behind the high notes – all suitably emphasised by great, dramatic pauses and death-defying stretches of time – and enough power to fill a hall thrice the size of the Esplanade.” – The Straits Times – 13th Jan 2020

Program:

G. Verdi – La donna è mobile (Rigoletto) – Calleja
G. Verdi – Sempre libera (La Traviata) – Farrugia
G. Donizetti – Una furtiva lagrima (L’Elisir d’Amore) – Calleja
G. Donizetti – Tornami a dir che M’ ami (Don Pasquale) – Duet
Chopin – Nocturne in Db major Op. 27 No. 2 – Lane
Chopin – Valse Brillante Op. 18 – Lane
G. Puccini – E lucevan Le Stelle (Tosca) – Calleja
G. Puccini – Musetta’s Waltz (La bohème) – Farrugia
G. Puccini – O Soave Fanciulla (La bohème) – Duet

Intermission

S. Donaudy – Vaghissima Sembianza – Calleja
F. P. Tosti – Ideale – Calleja
S. Donaudy – O del mio amato ben – Farrugia
Mantovani – Charmaine – Calleja
Strauss/Schultz-Evler – Arabesques on The Beautiful Blue Danube – Lane
Mancini – Moon River – Calleja
Mantovani – Parla piu piano – Calleja
Lehar – Vilja (The Merry Widow) – Farrugia
Bernstein – Maria – Calleja
Bernstein – Tonight – Duet

Performances:

Sydney
City Recital Hall
Monday 24th October 2022 – 7:30pm
https://www.cityrecitalhall.com/whats-on/events/joseph-calleja-the-maltese-tenor/
Presented by Andrew McKinnon in association with Opera Australia

Adelaide
Adelaide Town Hall
Saturday 29th October 2022 – 7:30pm
https://www.bass.net.au/events/sosa20-joseph-calleja-in-recital/
Presented by Andrew McKinnon in association with State Opera South Australia

Melbourne
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Monday 31st October 2022 – 7:30pm
https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2022/classical-music/joseph-calleja
Presented by Andrew McKinnon in association with Opera Australia

Brisbane
Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Thursday 3rd November 2022 – 7:30pm
https://www.qpac.com.au/event/joseph_calleja_20/
Presented by Andrew McKinnon in association with Opera Queensland

Perth
Perth Concert Hall
Saturday 5th November 2022 – 7:30pm
https://perthconcerthall.com.au/events/event/joseph-calleja-n
Presented by Andrew McKinnon in association with West Australian Opera