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Joseph Calleja / The Maltese Tenor

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>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Act 1. Che gelida manina
>     Act 1. O soave fanciulla
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
>     Act 2. O inferno! ... Sento avvampar nell'anima
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffman
>     Prologue. Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     Act 1. Recondita armonia
>     Act 2. E lucevan le stelle
>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele
>     Act 1. Dai campi, dai prati
>     Epilogue. Giunto sul passo estremo
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>     Act 3. Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre! ... Salut! demeure chaste et pure
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>     Act 1. Ma se vi talenta ... Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde
>     Act 1. Donna non vidi mai
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>     Act 3. Je suis seul! Seul enfin! ... Ah! Fuyez, douce image
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>     Act 2. Oh! fede negar potessi agli occhi miei! ... Quando le sere al placido
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>     Act 3. Forse la soglia attinse ... Ma se m'è forza perderti
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>     Act 2. De mon amie, fleur endormie ... Léila! Léila! Dieu puissant ... Ton c

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffman
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Calleja can still get down to a pianissimo in a way that few can, such as in the Luisa Miller scene, which is one of the best items thanks to the way he gives the vocal line a flattering lilt. After his Covent Garden success in Simon Boccanegra, the inclusion of the Act 2 scena "O inferno" - another high-point - will be a welcome souvenir." -Gramophone

"His is a bright, warm, unmistakably Mediterranean timbre, with a distinctive quick vibrato that recalls great tenors of the wind-up-gramophone era. Yet he is a thoroughly modern musician...His Che gelida manina is surely the most glamorous and thrilling on disc since Pavarotti’s famous complete recording, but it is no carbon copy...In short, a golden-age voice in its prime." -The Sunday Times

"He's an artist who has developed in leaps and bounds over the last few years, and who sings with freedom, passion and elegance. His narrow, fast vibrato has a pleasantly old-fashioned sepia-tinted feel about it, and links him to an earlier generation of tenors...It's a recital which shows off Calleja's rich, rounded and ringing sound at its best." -Classic FM

"The two Mefistofele arias receive near-ideal performances, the Pearl Fishers romance (one of two items in which soprano duties are nicely undertaken by Aleksandra Kurzak) is enchanting, and the cavatina from Gounod's Faust is appealingly shaped and crowned with a refined top C...Calleja continues to persuade with a good sense of style." -BBC Music Magazine

"[In the French roles] he shows no cramping of his natural bel canto style by the French line, finding plenty of room to manoeuvre. And when he and the soprano Aleksandra Kurzak begin their dalliance, the chemistry is sublime. Elsewhere, the various Puccini arias from Tosca and Manon Lescaut present Calleja at his best: robust and resonant." -The Independent

"Calleja despatches [the programme] with bags of elegance, passion and charm...it's the French arias here that leave you wanting more: his is a beautifully characterised Légende de Kleinzach from Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, and a sexy Ah! Fuyez, Douce Image" -The Guardian

"Calleja commands resinous, vibrant tone with a rich top register and generous, open-hearted style. This is technically sturdy singing with guts and heart." -The Daily Telegraph

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (08/24/2010-08/31/2010).



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>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 1. Che gelida manina
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 1. O soave fanciulla
  • Performers: Aleksandra Kurzak (Tenor); Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra :: Act 2. O inferno! ... Sento avvampar nell'anima
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffman :: Prologue. Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 1. Recondita armonia
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 2. E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele :: Act 1. Dai campi, dai prati
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Notes: Composition written: 1868-75.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1875

>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele :: Epilogue. Giunto sul passo estremo
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Notes: Composition written: 1868-75.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1875

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Act 3. Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre! ... Salut! demeure chaste et pure
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Act 1. Ma se vi talenta ... Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Act 1. Donna non vidi mai
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Act 3. Je suis seul! Seul enfin! ... Ah! Fuyez, douce image
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller :: Act 2. Oh! fede negar potessi agli occhi miei! ... Quando le sere al placido
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Act 3. Forse la soglia attinse ... Ma se m'è forza perderti
  • Performer: Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 2. De mon amie, fleur endormie ... Léila! Léila! Dieu puissant ... Ton c
  • Performers: Aleksandra Kurzak (Tenor); Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863