Joseph Aquilina (tenor)

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Joseph Aquilina

Joseph Aquilina was born on 25 October, 1963 at Ħ'Attard. He is a Tenor.

Commenced his vocal studies with Antoinette Miggiani and Blagovesta Dobreva`. Later he intensified his studies with Paul Asciak and Juliette Bisazza Zanni together with Master Classes in London and Milan. He was a finalist and a winner in Voice Competitions in Italy and Malta.

Gifted with a beautiful Lyrical Tenor voice, Aquilina has given creditable interpretations of various principle roles in the productions of Operas, Operettas and Musicals. These include Aleko (The Young Gypsy), Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton), Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu), The Merry Widow, La Principessa della Czarda, L’ Acqua Cheta, Il Paese dei Campanelli, and Chess. Other roles performed include those in the operas Otello (Cassio), Macbeth (Malcolm), Norma (Flavio), I Martri (Peralta), The Maltese Cross (Delegate) and Compostella (Pietro).

His concert appearances include the Malta Premier of Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Gounod’s Messa Solenne di S. Cecilia, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Hayden’s Paukenmesse, Creation and Missa Brevis, Frisina’s Apostlo Delle Genti, Dubois’s The Last Seven Words of Christ, Sammut’s Requiem, Vella’s Demm fuq il-Verna, Camilleri’s Dun Ġorġ, War Cantata and War Poems, Galea’s Laurenzios and Akathyistos, Agius’s Requiem, Sciberras’s Il-Għid ta’ l- Assunta – Lilek Marija, Attard’s Guzeppi ta’ Nazaret, among many others.

In 2002, Joseph performed during The April Spring Friendship Arts Festival, held in Korea, at the end of which he was honored with The Silver Cup and Diploma, an award for distinguished solo singers. While in Korea, Joseph was commissioned by The National Broadcasting Authority to make a recording, translated specifically into English, of one of their National Songs.

Joseph Aquilina

Among the several concerts Joseph performed in England, one finds his participation during the Queens Golden Jubilee Celebrations; A Gala Opera Concert together with the Trans-Opera Orchestra in Aid of Amnesty International, at St. James’s, Piccadilly, London; The opening and closing concerts of The Warminster Festival; Anniversary Concert of International acclaimed Organist Peter Barraclough; and other concerts in Wiltshire, Surry, Bath and London.

Joseph recorded works of Mro. John Galea Il Cuore di Cristo and its Maltese version Il-Qalb ta’ Kristu in the main studio of The Bulgarian National Radio together with The Sofia Collegium Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria.

He also performed in Italy, Australia, South Africa and Poland.

During the Commonwealth Head of States meeting held in Malta in 2005, Joseph successfully performed concerts, ably supported by The Cyprus State Orchestra, for several high dignitaries from around the Commonwealth.

In October 2011, Joseph was one of the International Performing Artists making part of The Commonwealth Resounds! who successfully performed in several Concerts during the CHOGM, including the closing performance held in Perth’s St. Georges Cathedral, Australia.

Aquilina has several CD recordings released to his credit under International Record Labels Gega New and Balkan Multimedia Centre, which include works by leading Maltese composers, including: Nicolo` Isuard, Benignio Zerafa, Carlo Diacono, Giuseppe Spiteri Fremond, the Nani Family, Joseph Fenech, Pietro Paolo Bugeja, Francesco Azzopardi, Luigi Vella, John Galea, Joseph Vella, Raymond Sciberras, Charles Camilleri and Dominic Galea, amongst others.

In March of 2017, Joseph was awarded the highest Honor of his hometown Onorificenza Mertu Siġġiewi for his Cultural achievements both locally and abroad.


Works Type Lyrics Composer
Kerba Song Ruzar Briffa Dominic Galea
Nirien Song Karmenu Vassallo Dominic Galea
War Cantata, War Poems Cantata, Poems J J Cremona Charles Camilleri
Brass And Voices Psalmus CL John Galea
Dun Ġorġ! Oratorio Olivier Friggieri Charles Camilleri
Demm Fuq il-Verna Oratorio Marjanu Vella Joseph Vella
Il-Cuore Di Cristo Il-Qalb Ta' Kristu Oratorio Nicola G. Cauchi John Galea
Ġużeppi Ta' Nazaret Oratorio Nicola G. Cauchi Colin Attard
Il-Għid Ta' l-Assunta - Lilek Marija Oratorio J.J.Camilleri Raymond Sciberras
San Gużepp, Il-Banda u -Qala Oratonio George Mercieca Antoine Mercieca
San Paolo Evangelizza I Maltesi Oratonio Giovanni Formosa Carlo Diacono
Ave Maria Regina Et Mater Cantata Sunny Aquilina Raymond Sciberras
Il-Parroċċa taż-Żejtun - 400 sena Matrici Cantata Trevor Zahra Carmelo Mangion
L-Għanja Tal-Konvoj Ta' Santa Marija Cantata Olivier Friggieri Emmanuel Spangol
Malta War Reuiem Requiem Joseph Magri
Nicolo Isouard And The Opera Comique Family Nani Concert Orchestra Nazzjonali
Shalom Choir - For The Christmas Season
Benigno Zerafa (1726 - 1804) - Fondazzjoni Memorja Kulturali Nazzjonali, Vol 4.
Sacred Music of The 18th Century by Maltese Composers
19th. Century Sacred Music Concert by Maltese Composers
Sacred Music of the Early 20th. Century By Maltese Composers
Sacred Music of the Later 20th. Century By Maltese Composers
Messa Solenne - Pietro Paolo Bugeja
Messa del Naufrago - Antonio Nani
Messa Grande - Giuseppe Spiteri Fremond GEGA NEW / APS Bank
O Kbir Prekursur - Inno, La Nattivita di San Giovanni Battista Giuseppe S.Cutajar , Andrea Borg
F'Jum Twelidek, Oh Marija - Innu lill-Verġni Bambina Ġorġ Zammit Willie Attard
Imberkin Missirijietna - Innu lil San Sebastjan Martri, Pawlu Sammut Giovanni Gatt
Tu Es Petrus Joe Julian Farrugia Raymond Sciberras
Regnum Dei - Innu Tislima lil San Gejtanu Anselm Sciberras Raymond Sciberras
Ad Unur Marija Addolorata - Innu lill-Madonna tad-Duluri Dun. Frans Camilleri Vincenzo Ciappara
Sancta Helea Imperax Maxima - Inno di Gioria A Sant' Elena Gwann Bugeja Tommaso Galea
Inno Alla Beata Maria Vergine Agostino Azzopardi Antonio Miruzzi