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Joseph Calleja, tenor

Kamal Khan, pianist


Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 7:30PM

Tickets start at $80

With a nostalgic, golden-age voice that routinely inspires comparisons to “legendary singers from earlier eras” (Associated Press), Maltese-born Joseph Calleja has become one of the most acclaimed tenors today, and he will make his BroadStage return as part of the 2023/24 Celebrity Opera Recital Series. Calleja’s extensive discography and appearances on the world’s leading opera, concert, and television stages have marked him as one of the most sought-after tenors of today. Recent operatic seasons have included appearances at notable opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Paris Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Royal Opera House in London. Calleja received a GRAMMY® nomination for his recording of La Traviata from the Royal Opera House, and in 2012, he was named Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year. NPR describes Calleja as “arguably today’s finest lyric tenor” (NPR), and his warm and rich tone matched with his impeccable stage interpretations leave audiences enchanted.

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"Calleja has a voice that hits you in a way that bypasses the brain and goes straight to the hairs on the back of your neck."

– Neil Fisher, The Times

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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. His expansive discography and frequent appearances on the world’s leading opera and concert stages prompted NPR to hail him as “arguably today’s finest lyric tenor,” and led to his being voted Gramophone magazine’s 2012 Artist of the Year.

Joseph Calleja kicks off the 2022/23 season returning to the Opéra National de Paris, where the tenor sings Caravadossi in Puccini’s Tosca. Later, Calleja appears at the Paris Opera as Don José in Carmen. Calleja’s signature role of Caravadossi also brings him to Barcelona, where the tenor celebrates his house debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu (conductor: Henrik Nanasi), and to the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles). Besides that, Calleja sings Alfredo in La Traviata at the Bayerische Staatsoper. The tenor further follows the invitation to the Bayreuther Festspiele, where he performs Wagner’s last work Parsifal – a role debut for Calleja. The new production by the U.S. director Jay Scheib, professor at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), promises to be an unusual experience for audiences, using virtual reality technologies. Among other highlights of the 2022/23 season is Calleja’s Australia tour, including concerts in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, and a concert in Auckland, New Zeeland. Calleja is also expected to tour in some CIS-countries such as Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

The previous season started for Joseph Calleja with his role debut as Il conte Loris Ipanov in concert performances of Feodora at Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The tenor also performed Cavaradossi (Tosca) in Vancouver and afterwards for the first time at Zurich Opera. He further celebrated his house debut at Paris Opera performing the role of Duca (Rigoletto) before returning to the Metropolitan Opera as Cavaradossi. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin the tenor presented another acclaimed signature role of his – Rudolfo (La Bohéme) and sang Rodolfo at Hamburg State Opera for the revival of Luisa Miller. At Grange Park Opera Joseph Calleja stared in a new production of La Gioconda (Enzo) and finished the season at Royal Opera House London with concert performances of Atilla (Foresto).

Highlights from recent operatic seasons include the title characters in new productions of Faust and Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera; Alfredo in La traviata opposite Renée Fleming, Adorno in Simone Boccanegra alongside Plácido Domingo, and another turn in the title role of Faust at Covent Garden; new productions of La Bohème, opposite Anna Netrebko, and La Traviata at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Maria Stuarda alongside Joyce DiDonato in concerts with the Deutsche Oper Berlin; and a new staging of Rigoletto at the Bavarian State Opera. He made his role debut as Riccardo in a new treatment of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, as Don José in Carmen at Oper Frankfurt in a staging of Barrie Kosky, as Cavaradossi in Tosca at Grange Park Opera, and portrayed Ruggero in Rolando Villazón’s staging of Puccini’s La Rondine at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Calleja appears extensively in concert throughout the world, singing with leading orchestras at summer festivals, including Salzburg, and in outdoor concerts in front of tens of thousands of people. He was the featured soloist at the 2011 Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm, was selected by the Maltese president to perform a private concert for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and toured Germany with soprano Anna Netrebko. After co-headlining 2012’s Last Night of the BBC Proms, Calleja returned to the London festival in 2013 for a gala performance at the Royal Albert Hall and an open-air concert marking the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park. He stared in the renowned Open-Air Gala in front of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and sang at Moscow’s Zaryadye Concert Hall. Together with Diana Damrau, he performed a live concert at the Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy, as part of the Met Stars Live in Concert series. The program featured popular arias and duets by Verdi, Bizet, Rossini. In 2022, invited as a special guest, the tenor performed alongside Anna Netrebko at the 175th Anniversary concert at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. As an exclusive Decca Classics recording artist since 2003, the tenor boasts an extensive discography that includes complete operas and concert repertoire, as well as seven solo albums: The Golden Voice, Tenor Arias, The Maltese Tenor, Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza, Amore, Verdi and The Magic of Mantovani. His videography enjoys similar success, and it was his portrayal of Alfredo in the Royal Opera House’s DVD/Blu-ray release of La traviata, in which he co-stars with Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson, that earned Calleja his first Grammy nomination. His rendition of the Verdi aria “La donna è mobile” is featured on the soundtrack of No Reservations, a 2007 motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart. He made his Hollywood debut in 2014’s The Immigrant, in which he portrays the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso in a cast with Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner. Calleja has been profiled in New York’s Wall Street Journal and London’s Times, among other newspapers, and has graced covers of magazines such as Opera News. An increasingly frequent face on television, he has appeared on such programs as CNN’s Business Traveller, BBC Breakfast, and the Andrew Marr Show, and been featured in numerous internationally televised concerts. In 2013, he made his U.S. network television debut performing in a Kennedy Center Honors tribute to preeminent American soprano Martina Arroyo on CBS.
Born in Malta in 1978, Joseph Calleja began singing at the age of 16, first in his church choir and then in formal training with Maltese tenor Paul Asciak. 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 U.S. debut at the Spoleto Festival. Since then, Calleja has gone on to appear with the world’s great opera companies. One of his native land’s biggest celebrities, Calleja was selected to serve as Malta’s first cultural ambassador in 2012, and he was named a brand ambassador for Air Malta. Calleja recently teamed up with Malta’s Bank of Valletta to form the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation, which will serve to help children and families in need.

Indian-American conductor and pianist Kamal Khan combines an active performing career with a passionate commitment to the globalization of operatic training, He has performed with many opera companies around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Baltimore Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, Teatro de las Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Oper der Stadt Bonn and the Staatstheater Schwerin, Germany, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Osaka festival Hall and Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater , Nagoya, Japan; Cape Town Opera, Opera South Africa, Opera de Puerto Rico, Seoul Arts Center and Asian Cultural Center, Korea; Beijing Hall; Jiangsu Center for the Performing Arts, Nanjing and Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, China and the International Festivals of Cervantino in Mexico and Santander, Mérida, La Coruña, Tenerife and Málaga in Spain. Additionally he has conducted the Jerusalem Symphony, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, São Paulo Philharmonic, Balearic Islands Philharmonic, Oviedo Philharmonic, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

As a recitalist and accompanist Kamal Khan has appeared in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall and Weill Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Gran Teatro Liceu and the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Palais Garnier in Paris, Suntory Hall and Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Palau de Congressos in Andorra and the Baxter Concert Hall and Montecasino in South Africa with singers such as Marcelo Alvarez, Nadine Benjamin, Harolyn Blackwell, Nico Castel, Justino Diaz, Placido Domingo, Michael Fabiano, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Larisa Martinez, Angela Meade, Matthew Polenzani, Juan Pons, Herman Prey, Nadine Sierra, Sir Bryn Terfel, Veronica Villarroel. Pretty Yende and violinist Joshua Bell.

Prof. Khan is Visiting Extraordinary Professor at North West University in South Africa, he is a founding member of Opera for Peace, Artistic Director of Classical Vocal Arts International and Director of the Taller para Cantantes in Santo Domingo DR. He is Affiliate Faculty at the Royal Opera Covent Garden Jette Parker Young Artists Program, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the Metropolitan Opera Lindeman Young Artists Program and the Voices of South Africa Festival and Competition, He was the Director of the Opera School at the University of Cape Town and Resident Conductor and Chorus Master of the Palm Beach Opera where he founded the Resident Artist Program. He was also Resident Conductor of the Opera Festival in Tenerife, Head of Faculty of the International School of Vocal Study of the Balearic Islands and Artistic Director of the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival. Additionally, he has worked with the Juilliard School. Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music in New York, the International Vocal Arts Institute, European Center for Vocal Arts, Chautauqua School of Music, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Ravinia Festival and Glimmerglass Opera. He has given masterclasses at the Opera Hogskolan, the University of the Arts in Stockholm, the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, the University of Michigan, and Georgia State University in Atlanta.

A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Kamal Khan was the youngest Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and during his ten year position he collaborated with such conductors as James Levine, Nello Santi, James Conlon, Julius Rudel, Christian Thielemann, Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato and singers Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Sherrill Milnes, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming, Carlo Bergonzi, Mariella Devia, Tatiana Troyanos. Ghena Dimitrova, Aprile Millo, Nicolai Ghiaurov, and Bonaldo Giaiotti to name a few. While at the MET he was responsible for the musical preparation of many new productions including the telecasts of Schenk / Schneider-Siemssen’s complete Ring des Nibelungen, del Monaco’s La Fanciulla del West, Stiffelio, La Forza del Destiono, Simon Boccanegra and Madama Butterlfy, Zeffielli’s Don GIovanni, La Traviata and Cavalleria Rusticana , Joel’s Andrea Chenier, the company premiere of I Lombardi and the world premieres of Glass’ The Voyage and Corgliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles.

Some of the works he has conducted include Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Norma, I Puritani, La Sonnambula, Maria Stuarda, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Favorita, L’Elisir d’amore, Tosca, Rigoletto, La Boheme, Il Tritico, Turandot, La Traviata, Nabucco, Un Ballo in Maschera, Carmen, Don Carlo, Werther, Mefistofele, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Die Fliegende Holländer, Ariadne auf Naxos, Porgy and Bess, Die Fledermaus, The Rake’s Progress, The Merry Widow and the African premieres of Il Viaggio a Reims and Dead Man Walking and the world premieres of Five:20 Operas Made in South Africa and Four:30 Operas Made in South Africa.

A native of Washington DC, Kamal Khan was the recipient from the first National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts prize, he is also received prizes and grants from the National Association of Music Teachers and the National Symphony Orchestra . The PBS- Channel 13 documentary “I Live to Sing” based on his work in South Africa won the 2014 EMMY for best cultural program.

The highly anticipated Celebrity Opera Recital Series makes its return to BroadStage for the 2023/24 season, showcasing three of the most coveted performers in opera: soprano Lise Davidsen, tenor Joseph Calleja, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča. 

With a voice that transcends boundaries and knows no limits, opera powerhouse Lise Davidsen takes the stage in September for her highly-anticipated West Coast debut. A force of nature who has quickly risen to superstardom, Davidsen captivates audiences with her charisma and her “one-in-a-million voice” (Antonio Pappano).

In November, the highly sought-after and renowned tenor Joseph Calleja exemplifies the epitome of excellence in opera. Calleja enthralls audiences with his captivating voice and dynamic stage presence, both of which traverse the realms of emotion, passion, and sheer artistic brilliance

Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča closes out the series in May, and will leave audiences spellbound with her unparalleled talent. Garanča’s special performance will be an operatic experience like no other, and will include a full orchestra conducted by the highly esteemed Karel Mark Chichon. 

Celebrity Opera Recitals at BroadStage are generously supported by the Lloyd E. Rigler — Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.

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Celebrity Opera Recitals at BroadStage are generously supported by the Lloyd E. Rigler — Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.