Joseph Calleja / Verdi – AllMusic Review by James Manheim


Of the large crop of tenors reaching their prime years in the late 2010s, Malta's Joseph Calleja has shown strong signs of breaking out from the pack, and this Verdi recital can only help him. Calleja combines a rich, smooth middle range with a bright, edgy top in which he can convincingly explode in emotion. Album buyers have been primed for a new recital release from Calleja and would probably have been perfectly satisfied with an album covering Verdi's greatest hits. They get something better: a program that shows how the tenor has thought about Verdi's career and his place in it, and whets the appetite for seeing and hearing him perform these roles in person. After Se quel guerrier from .....

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