Dan Shea


Joseph Calleja, JSB Advisor


Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja sang two iconic roles this past year at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Puccini's Rodolfo in March and Verdi's Alfredo ill November-December. The Tribune said of him in LA boheme , "The tenorial sound he poured out was gleaming, even, and powerful, its quick vibrato apt for conveying Rodolfo's passionate and volatile nature. He made the most of his big aria ... " I was there for the last performance (with three JBS pals from Paso Robles) und especially enjoyed the energy of his Act 3 arioso as "'ell as the beautifully sculpted mezza voce lines of the quartet, where Rodolfo can float the phrase "Ci lascieremo alla stagion dei fior." This moment was wonderfully exploited by Calleja, a confident tenor in complete command of his art.

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