‘Joseph Calleja’ returns with new album ‘Verdi’, out on 2 February 2018 via Decca Classics

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‘Joseph Calleja’ returns with new album ‘Verdi’, out on 2 February 2018 via Decca Classics

One of the world’s leading tenors, Joseph Calleja, returns with his new album ‘Verdi’, due for release on 2nd February 2018, via Decca Classics.

The album sees Calleja explore the light and dark in Verdi’s heroic tenor roles and features guest appearances from soprano Angela Gheorghiu and baritone Vittorio Vitelli.



Verdi has a special place in Calleja’s heart, having made his debut as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth when he was just 19. This first new album in six years marks a significant step into Verdi repertoire for Calleja as he tackles new roles which he has yet to play on stage.

Among the arias on the new album are ‘Di quella pira’ and ‘Ah! Si, ben mio…’ from Il Trovatore, ‘Già nella notte densa’ from Otello, and ‘Celeste Aida’ from the opening scene of Verdi’s Egyptian opera. Each of the roles on this album celebrate the tenore robusto as the voice-type of an operatic hero and showcase Calleja’s powerful yet lyrical voice.



Track-listing:


1. “Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida” from Aida, Act I

2. “Ah! Si, ben mio …” from Il Trovatore, Act III, Scene II

3. “Di quella pira” from Il Trovatore, Act III, Scene II

Featuring: Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

4. “La Vita è inferno all’infelice! …Oh, tu che in seno agli angeli” from La Forza del Destino, Act III

Featuring: Vittorio Vitelli (baritone)

5. “Invano, Alvaro” from La Forza del Destino, Act IV

6. “Dio, che nell’alma infondere” from Don Carlo, Act II

Featuring: Vittorio Vitelli (baritone, Rodrigo)

7. “Già nella notte densa” from Otello, Act I

Featuring: Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

8. “Oh’ mostruosa colpa! Si, per ciel marmoreo giuro!” from Otello, Act II

Featuring: Vittorio Vitelli (baritone)

9. “Dio! mi potevi scagliar” from Otello, Act III

10. “Niun mi tema” from Otello (Act IV)

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