JOSEPH CALLEJA and CELINE BYRNE : World-Renowned Mega Superstars of Opera

Country
Malta & Ireland

Date and Time
Tuesday 30th November (7 PM)

Duration
Part I: 44 mins, Part II: 38 mins

Intermission
20 mins

Conductor
Konstantin Chudovsky
with Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra

Two superstars of the opera world—Tenor Joseph Calleja, Gramophone magazine’s 2012 Artist of the Year and a Grammy-nominated recording artist for Decca Classics, and Soprano Celine Byrne, a performer of ‘fine lyrical quality and a touching actor’ (Opera Magazine)—come together for a musical event of a lifetime with award-winning conductor Konstantin Chudovsky.   

Recognized internationally as one of opera’s greatest stars today, Irish soprano Celine Byrne has performed extensively throughout the world including for Pope Francis and Pope Benedict. Having duetted with several of the opera world’s most famous tenors such as José Carreras, Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja.   

Maltese-born Joseph Calleja has quickly become one of the most acclaimed and sought-after tenors today. His expansive discography and frequent appearances on the world’s leading opera and concert stages prompted NPR to hail him as “arguably today’s finest lyric tenor,” and led to his being voted Gramophone magazine’s 2012 Artist of the Year. A Grammy-nominated recording artist for Decca Classics, he has released five solo albums for the label.

Programme

Orchestra: La Traviata Overture, Giuseppe Verdi
Joseph Calleja: Questo o quella, Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi
Celine Byrne: Tu, che di gel sei cinta, Turandot, Giacomo Puccini
Joseph Calleja: Lamento di Federico, L’Arlesiana, Francesco Cilea
Joseph / Celine: Mario, Mario…, Tosca, Giacomo Puccini
Celine Byrne: Vissi d’arte, Tosca, Giacomo Puccini
Joseph Calleja: E Lucevan le Stelle, Tosca, Giacomo Puccini
Joseph / Celine: Ah, Franchigia Floria, Tosca, Giacomo Puccini

INTERVAL

Orchestra: Barcarolle (from Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Jacques Offenbach
Joseph Calleja: Amor ti Vieta, Fedora, Umberto Giordano
Celine Byrne: Un Bel di Vedremo, Madame Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini
Orchestra: Intermezzo, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pietro Mascagni
Joseph / Celine: Vogliatemi Bene, Madame Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini
Joseph / Celine: O Soave Fanciulla, La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini


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