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Joseph Calleja

Joseph Calleja

Tenor

Born in Malta in 1978, Joseph Calleja began singing at the age of 16, inspired by the film The Great Caruso starring Mario Lanza. After singing in his church choir, he began formal training with Maltese tenor Paul Asciak. Calleja made his professional debut in Malta in 1997 as Macduff in Macbeth, and later that year won an award in the Belvedere Hans Gabor competition, launching his international opera career. He went on to win the 1998 Caruso Competition in Milan, was a prizewinner in Domingo’s Operalia the following year, and Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Awards in 2012.

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Further Reading: Joseph Calleja

 Interview, Joseph Calleja on Verdi

Katherine talks to the Maltese tenor about his new album of arias from operas including Otello, Il trovatore, Don Carlo and Aida.

 Recording of the Week, Verdi albums from Joseph Calleja and Sonya Yoncheva

The Maltese tenor and Bulgarian soprano triumph in their explorations of the composer's more dramatic roles.

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