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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 and Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera) for The Royal Opera, and appeared in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Winners concert. He returns in the 2016/17 Season to sing Pollione (Norma).

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

Out Loud: Royal Opera Chorus to join Joseph Calleja for free pop-up performance

Out Loud: Royal Opera Chorus to join Joseph Calleja for free pop-up performance

26 August 2016

Visitors to Covent Garden are invited to perform with the Royal Opera Chorus and soloists in a one-day celebration of song.

Watch: Members of cast, creative and backstage teams on <em>La bohème</em>

Watch: Members of cast, creative and backstage teams on La bohème

11 June 2015

Backstage films from the 2015 live relay of La bohème, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

Watch: John Copley on La bohème - ‘It was the first proper opera I’d seen and I cried all the way home on the bus’

Watch: John Copley on La bohème - ‘It was the first proper opera I’d seen and I cried all the way home on the bus’

10 June 2015

The director recalls his first moment with Puccini’s opera and his thoughts on this last revival.

Photos

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

Joseph Calleja as Riccardo and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Renato in Un ballo in maschera

Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko in La bohème

Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo in La bohème, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko in La bohème

Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite 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 as Riccardo and Serena Gamberoni as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera

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 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,

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

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

John Copley, Joseph Calleja and Carmen Giannattasio in rehearsals for La bohème

Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo and Carmen Giannattasio as Mimì in La bohème

Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo and Carmen Giannattasio as Mimì 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

Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko in La bohème

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

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,

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