Individuals at nineteen years of age are generally deciding what to do in their life, what to pursue and one man decided to debut in opera as Macduff in Verdi’s adaptation of Macbeth at the Astra Theare in Gozo going onto become a notable winner of the Belvedere Hans Gabor Competition within the same year. This would be the first in a number of acclaims for a young Joseph Calleja as he would go onto win to prestigious Caruso Competition in Milan and then also the Plácido Domingo’s Operalia International Opera Competition in 1998 and 1999 respectively. That was just the beginning of a long and successful career for the young tenor who goes about his year going from one Opera House to another, around the whole world performing to sold out crowds who eagerly await to listen to his stunning vocal range.
In the past couple of years, Joseph Calleja been a great ambassador for Malta noting that he even went onto title one of his albums released by Decca Music as The Maltese Tenor. He also makes up one of the most notable events in the local cultural calender with his Annual Summer Concert in which he performs a mixture of pop/opera along with some of the most renowned names in the international music industry. In the past, the likes of Dionne Warwick, Riccardo Cocciante, Michael Bolton, Hayley Westenra and Lucio Dalla have all been present. We have been proud to have been a prime supporter of the concert last year noting that the year before that, escflashmalta.com was still establishing itself as a leading local music portal. We had interviewed Joseph Calleja himself about the lead up to the event as well as his career thus far which has included a huge number of accolades.
This years’ concert is surely going to be a special one as Joseph Calleja has become an official Cultural Ambassador as appointed by the Prime Minister earlier this year. The promotional company which looks after the concert is none other than NNG Promotions and the names that they have brought forward to come to Malta for the concert are those of Ronan Keating who is of course the lead performer of the band Boyzone whilst also being a well known solo recording artist for hits such as When You Say Nothing At All, If Tomorrow Never Comes, Father & Son and Life Is A Rollercoaster amongst others as well as Gigi D’Alessio known for tracks such as Insieme A Lei, Mon Amour, Un Cuore Malato (with Lara Fabian) and most recently Respirare (with Loredana Berte). This year, the concert will be held on the 7th July 2012 at the Floriana Granaries and you have a chance to attend thanks to us here at escflashmalta.com by answering a simple question.
Question: What was the name of the track that Ronan Keating wrote for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009?
The competition will continue to run until the end of the month actually with all of the correct answers to be considered through a draw which will be conducted by the editorial team. It is important to note that there will be two winners announced at the end of each week noting that it is vital to keep on checking our Facebook Page for the latest news. Please send your answers to the following address: [email protected] whilst in the meantime, those who would not manage to win, make sure to get your hands on the tickets by visiting the page of NNG Promotions. On the 7th July, a leading tenor and two great stars will take to the stage for the show of a lifetime, be a part of it, don’t miss out!
Source: NNG Promotions, Anton Attard, www.allenvenables.com