Corinthia Hotels, led by Founder and Chairman, Mr. Alfred Pisani, proudly hosted a musical evening featuring the world-renowned opera singer, Joseph Calleja, as part of the celebrations to mark its 50th anniversary. The evening took the form of an intimate recital for 130 guests at the group’s flagship, Corinthia Hotel London.
Corinthia Hotels was founded in Malta in 1962 by Alfred Pisani. From humble beginnings featuring a small restaurant, which was then developed into the Pisani family’s first hotel, the group has grown to nine hotels situated across Europe and North Africa. Each one has been praised for its distinctive style, craftsmanship, and outstanding guest service. Corinthia Hotel London, which opened in April 2011, is the latest addition to the group and has become widely recognized as the jewel in the crown. The meticulously-restored Victorian building has become a new landmark hotel in London, with its ideal location overlooking the River Thames, a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square and the Royal Festival Hall. Its seven penthouse suites have received critical acclaim for their individual design and spectacular views across the city. The evening’s musical celebration serves as an expression of thanks towards all who have been part of the Corinthia journey.
Guests from the diplomatic world, business, and arts, invited for their friendship and long-standing association with Corinthia Hotels, convened in the hotel’s magnificently-restored Victorian ballroom for the recital by the highly-acclaimed singer, just days before he appears as concert headliner for the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. The outstanding operatic display included sensational performances of Paolo Tosti’s Ideale, La fleur que tu m’avais jetée from Carmen by Bizet, and E lucevan le stelle from Puccini’s Tosca, providing a fitting way for friends of Corinthia to celebrate the luxury hotel group’s prestigious milestone.
Joseph Calleja was born in Malta in 1978. Blessed with a golden age voice that routinely inspires comparisons to legendary singers from earlier eras, Calleja has become one of the most sought-after tenors in the world and has performed on most of the world’s leading opera and concert stages, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and at the Vienna State Opera. A Grammy-nominated recording artist for Decca Classics, in his new solo recording, Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza, Calleja pays homage to the famous Italian-American singer and actor, whose film The Great Caruso inspired Joseph to pursue a career in opera.