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Concert 2013

Joseph Calleja, the Maltese cultural ambassador, introduced the 2013 summer concert at a press conference, said that “opera and classical music are intended for the masses not for the elite".

Through his Malta concerts he is portraying the beauty of classic with pop music by inviting international artists to sing with him. Many are willing to come and see these live performances watching their idols and appreciating classical music also his opera music. He succeeded to attract a massive audience which was almost as big as that of the Isle of MTV held in Malta a few weeks before. 

Performers for the 2013 concert

Zucchero Fornacari performances by Italian blues-rock singer.

Rebecca Ferguson British X Factor finalist.

Italian singer-songwriter Riccardo Cocciante.

Gianluca Bezzina Malta’s former Eurovision contestant for 2013 session.

Local DJ duo Tenishia.

The Malta National Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Mro. Steve Mercurio.

Joseph Calleja’s aim is to present a concert that has a more populist appeal and features a variety of musical styles and artists. This also involved a larger cast, as well as a grander production for the Maltese, tourists and TV spectators. Calleja is  quoted as having an individual sound that can be identified in just a few notes, where it is difficult now-a-days to find an opera singer of this caliber.

Tenor Joseph Calleja performed his anticipated annual summer concert on July 18 at the Granaries in Floriana. Maestro Paul Bateman conducted the Malta National Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert also included the participation of a 500-strong children’s choir and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by celebrated Maestro Paul Bateman.

This concert is also filmed and shown in several countries so millions of viewers can see the prestigious performance Joseph Calleja can give worldwide.

Equally comfortable with both classical and lighter pop music, Bateman was a hit with the Maltese crowd when he first appeared on stage with Calleja last year. His arrangements and compositions have been performed by acclaimed musicians such as Sarah Brightman and Jose Carreras.


The Italian rock and blues legend. He came to Maltese for the third time for a concert as part of his Chockabeck world tour.

His famous songs Senza una Donna, Diamante, Diavolo in Me, Baila (Sexy Thing) made him famous all over the world.

Zucchero too rendered some very good old tunes, notably his standard classic Baila

Morena during the concert. His duet with the late Luciano Pavarotti Miserere which was sung with Calleja during the concert was very well applauded and appreciated during the concert.

Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson British X Factor finalist. Apart from Calleja and Zucchero, the concert will also feature British singer-songwriter Rebecca Ferguson, who gained prominence after she became the runner-up in the pop music talent show The X Factor in 2010 - along with British pop singer Rebecca Ferguson and local acts. Towards the end of the event, the stage turned into a cathedral as Calleja and Rebecca Ferguson did their version of the classic hymn Amazing Grace, a very high point in the setting and the song.

Riccardo Cocciante

Maestro Riccardo Cocciante is well known Italian singer-songwriter where his particular style and music interpretation contributes to an excellent performance. He is one of Italy’s top selling artists and  have the greatest respect for his work.

And of course, there was Mro. Ricardo Cocciante, who made a fine return following his impeccable performance with the world-class tenor at this same venue back in 2010. He was simply brilliant on the aptly-titled Tempo Delle Catedrali.

Popular Italian singer Riccardo Cocciante will be joining tenor Joseph Calleja on stage during his eagerly anticipated annual summer concert which will be taking place on.

Gianluca Bezzina

Malta’s former Eurovision, performed with Joseph Calleja. Also Gianluca comes from a family who are all musicians and singers. He said it was an honor to sing with Joseph Calleja and hopes he gets the opportunity to do so again.

DJ duo Tenishia

Local electronic DJ duo Tenishia. Having achieved international acclaim, Tenishia will also be performing a song with Joseph Calleja on the night Miserere.

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