The Maltese Tenor

This event has been postponed from 9 September 2021 at 7:30pm to 3 November 2022 at 7:30pm. Ticketholders have been contacted directly.

Joseph Calleja is one of the most exciting lyric tenors in the world today.

Blessed with a golden-age voice which inspires comparisons to legendary singers from earlier eras, Calleja is a superstar at all the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls.

His extensive discography includes a thrilling Verdi album and a hugely popular tribute to Mario Lanza, whilst his performance of Puccini’s famous Nessun dorma at The Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall was nothing short of electrifying.

In this, his eagerly anticipated debut Australian tour, the Maltese born singer described as the young Pavarotti will be joined by two of Australia’s best loved artists, soprano Amelia Farrugia, who is also of Maltese heritage, and internationally acclaimed pianist Piers Lane, in an unforgettable performance.

Joseph Calleja Program

G. Verdi – La donna è mobile (Rigoletto) - Calleja
G. Verdi – Sempre libera (La Traviata) - Farrugia
G. Donizetti – Una furtiva lagrima (L’Elisir d’Amore) - Calleja
G. Donizetti – Tornami a dir che M' ami (Don Pasquale) - Duet
Chopin – Nocturne in Db major Op. 27 No. 2 - Lane
Chopin – Valse Brillante Op. 18 - Lane
G. Puccini – E lucevan Le Stelle (Tosca) - Calleja
G. Puccini – Musetta’s Waltz (La bohème) - Farrugia
G. Puccini – O Soave Fanciulla (La bohème) - Duet


S. Donaudy – Vaghissima Sembianza - Calleja
F. P. Tosti – Ideale - Calleja
S. Donaudy – O del mio amato ben - Farrugia
Mantovani – Charmaine - Calleja
Strauss/Schultz-Evler – Arabesques on The Beautiful Blue Danube - Lane
Mancini – Moon River - Calleja
Mantovani – Parla piu piano - Calleja
Lehar – Vilja (The Merry Widow) - Farrugia
Bernstein – Maria - Calleja
Bernstein – Tonight - Duet

This event has been postponed from Saturday, 10 October 2020 to Thursday, 9 September 2021. If you have a question regarding your booking, please contact QTIX on 136 246.
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Presented by Andrew McKinnon in association with Opera Queensland

Pricing Guide

Admission A-Reserve $169 B-Reserve $139 C-Reserve $99

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"I've never heard Calleja better. Calleja's vocal core is surrounded by a slightly shimmering, almost glittering vibrato, which is easy to recognize. The voice has strength, remains beautiful in the forte as well, as it swells down to the piano; and with what moving voice tones Calleja was able to express the feelings of the loving and advertising painter. This is great vocal art and is not surpassed by Jonas Kaufmann, whom I had heard here in 2012 as Caravadossi." By Ralf Wegner

"Calleja strode on stage like some colossus, in terms of sheer physical presence, he was more than a match for the great legendary tenors of yesteryear. His voice had a grandly commanding quality too, with sparkling delivery of words, scintillating precision of pitch, plenty of weight behind the high notes - all suitably emphasised by great, dramatic pauses and death-defying stretches of time - and enough power to fill a hall thrice the size of the Esplanade." By Marc Rochester for The Straits Times