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Malta’s Eurovision stars to perform at Joseph Calleja & Andrea Bocelli concert

Ira Losco, Michela Pace and Nicole Frendo to take to the stage!

Tomorrow Floriana will host the annual concert of Joseph Calleja who is joined by legendary Italian Opera singer Andrea Bocelli. Also taking to the stage for the orchestral extravaganza are Malta’s Eurovision and The X Factor Malta stars, Ira Losco, Michela Pace and Nicole Frendo!

The annual Joseph Calleja concert

Since 2009 Malta’s most famous tenor Joseph Calleja has hosted an annual concert in Floriana. This celebration of orchestra and music is a highlight of culture in the Maltese summer. As one of Malta’s leading classical talents, Joseph has received a Grammy nomination and performed around the world for people such as Queen Elizabeth II. Each year a special international guest is invited to perform for the night long entertainment. Past guests have included esteemed artists such as, Anastacia, Ronan Keating of Boyzone and Michael Bolton.

This year marks the second appearance of Andrea Bocelli. Iconic classical producer and Opera singer Andrea Bocelli has been a leading light in classical crossover, bringing the genre to world attention topping the global pop charts and amassing over 70 million worldwide sales. During his early career, the Grammy and Oscar nominated singer made his future potential known, by entering and winning the newcomers section of Italy’s premier festival in the music calendar, Sanremo on two occasions.

Eurovision in Opera concert

As well as the two headliners, the event will also see Malta’s leading talents from Eurovision and The X Factor Malta take to the stage. Malta’s very own ‘7th Wonder’ and two time Eurovision participant, Ira Losco will be performing a special duet with Joseph Calleja himself. Last year Ira released her 6th studio album No Sinner No Saint and joined the judging panel of The X Factor Malta, which has its second season currently underway. Already Ira has had a busy summer of events. Recently she performed in Floriana as a special guest of Liam Gallagher and helped celebrate the birthday of Cisk at the Farson Beer Festival.

Also attending the night will be Malta’s 2019 Eurovision starlet, Michela Pace. After winning the first season of The X Factor Malta, the ‘Chameleon’ singer wowed fans in Tel Aviv. Opening the grand final and finishing a respectable 14th place, the song would later chart top 10 in 11 countries. Since May Michela has had a very busy summer season! Like Ira, Michela also performed at the Farson Beer Festival, and wowed the crowd in the heatwave of the Isle of MTV Malta 2019 Festival. However there’s more, as Michela also revealed she’s working on her debut album.

Many that tuned into the first season of The X Factor Malta will also be able to spot Nicole Frendo at the show. With her stunning vocals seeing her achieve third place in the Final, the young singer is well on the way to a blossoming career. Already she has toured the festival season. Most recently performing at the Farson Beer Festival, alongside compatriots Ira and Michela. Next month fans can watch more of Nicole. As she will take part in the Festival di Castrocaro 2019, which starts on September 3rd on Italian network Rai 2.

When and where?

The concert will take place tomorrow evening in front of the St. Publius Church, at the Granaries in Floriana. A stunning backdrop in the square located just outside Valletta’s City Gate. Tickets start from 80 euros and can be purchased here. Furthermore the night will be accompanied by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as the BOV Joseph Calleja Children’s Choir. Set aside your whole evening as the show will start at 8:30pm local time, with a late finish of 11:50pm.

Are you a classical music fan? Have you been following the success of Malta’s X Factor stars? Let us know in the comments and on social media @ESCXTRA

Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.

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