A thoroughly enjoyable concert it’s clear why Joseph Calleja has huge ovation in his home country. An excellent operatic voice with vast range accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malta who added magnificent instrumentals.
Singing many operatic classics including La Donna E Mobile (as a fantastic concert opener), La Vie en Rose and O Sole Mio, Calleja never failed to capture audiences’ attention with this fascinating spectacle. This concert also offered a variety of music with guest performers Zucchero and Rebecca Ferguson. I felt this was a wise decision as it gave the concert more appeal.
Adding more rock to the concert Zucchero was charismatic and energetic. He engaged audiences in full flow with his growling vocals and guitar playing. Rebecca Ferguson was clearly the commercial option (as a former X-Factor contestant) performing songs of the pop variety. Ferguson did not have influence over audiences as Calleja and Zucchero did, but her performance of I’ll Count the Days was strong enough to justify her presence.
On the production side this concert was well-produced with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malta and Children’s Choir molding with Calleja and his fellow performers in continuous harmonic flow. The various firework displays gave extra impact to the performances concluding an impressive musical event.