JOSEPH CALLEJA

Joseph Calleja, (born January 22, 1978 in Attard), is a Maltese tenor. He began singing at the age of 16, after having been discovered by the tenor Brian Cefai and continued his studies with Paul Asciak. At age 19, he made his operatic debut as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Astra Theater in Gozo and became the winner of the Belvedere Hans Gabor competition in the same year. In 1998, he won the Caruso Competition in Milan and was the winner of the Plácido Domingo ‘s Operalia Opera International Competition in 1999.

On November 2, 2012, the University of Malta awarded Calleja a Doctorate in Literature Honoris Causa in recognition of his achievements as an internationally renowned tenor.

On October 8, 2015, Calleja was elected member of the Board of Directors of the European Academy of Music Theater.