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Joseph Calleja

Tenor

Biography

Joseph Calleja in action.
Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo in La bohème, The Royal Opera © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja made his Royal Opera debut in 2002 as the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), and has since sung Alfredo (La traviata), Macduff (Macbeth), Nicias (Thaïs in concert), Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra), Rodolfo (La bohème), Faust, Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera) and Pollione (Norma) for The Royal Opera, and appeared in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Winners concert.

Calleja began singing at the age of 16. He studied with Paul Asciak and made his operatic debut aged 19 in Malta as Macduff. He has since appeared regularly at many of the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls. His recordings for Decca Classics include five solo albums as well as DVDs of Simon Boccanegra and the Grammy Award-nominated La traviata with The Royal Opera.

Calleja is one of Malta’s biggest celebrities and in 2012 was selected to serve as the coutry’s first cultural ambassador. In 2013 he established BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation in collaboration with Malta’s Bank of Valletta, to help children and families in need.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of Bellini's <em>Norma</em> in cinemas?

Your Reaction: What did you think of Bellini's Norma in cinemas?

26 September 2016

Your thoughts on the live cinema relay of Àlex Ollé's new Royal Opera production.

Watch: Why all great sopranos are drawn to Bellini's <em>Norma</em>

Watch: Why all great sopranos are drawn to Bellini's Norma

26 September 2016

The stars of Àlex Ollé’s new production of the bel canto masterpiece share why it has earned its place among singers and audiences alike.

Bellini’s <em>Norma</em> relayed live to cinemas on 26 September 2016

Bellini’s Norma relayed live to cinemas on 26 September 2016

23 September 2016

Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts Sonya Yoncheva, Joseph Calleja and Sonia Ganassi in a new production directed by Àlex Ollé.

Photos

Anna Netrebko, Lucas Meachem, Joseph Calleja, Simone Del Savio and Marco Vinco in La bohème

Liudmyla Monastyrska as Amelia and Joseph Calleja as Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera

Joseph Calleja as Riccardo and Liudmyla Monastyrska as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera

Joseph Calleja in rehearsal for Un ballo in maschera, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Pollione and Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Pollione in Norma, The Royal Opera

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Joseph Calleja in Faust, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Renée Fleming in La traviata

Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko in La bohème

Marco Vinco, Joseph Calleja, Jeremy White and Lucas Meachem in La bohème

Joseph Calleja as Riccardo and Liudmyla Monastyrska as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera

Joseph Calleja as Riccardo and Serena Gamberoni as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera

Joseph Calleja as Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera

Joseph Calleja as Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera

Joseph Calleja as Riccardo and Marianne Cornetti as Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera

Joseph Calleja as Riccardo and Liudmyla Monastyrska as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, The Royal Opera

Brindley Sherratt as Oroveso, Sonya Yoncheva as Norma and Joseph Calleja as Pollione in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma and Joseph Calleja as Pollione in Norma, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Pollione in Norma, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Pollione in Norma, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Pollione and Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Àlex Ollé's Norma, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Pollione and Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in rehearsal for Norma, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Pollione in rehearsal for Norma, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Faust and Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Joseph Calleja as Faust and Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko in La bohème

Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko in La bohème

Marco Vinco, Joseph Calleja, Jeremy White and Lucas Meachem in La bohème

Joseph Calleja as Riccardo and Serena Gamberoni as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera

Joseph Calleja and Carmen Giannattasio in La bohème, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja and Bryn Terfel at the BBC Radio 3 studios

Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Joseph Calleja as Faust and Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera,