Baritone Joseph Lia graduated in Music from the University of Malta. Supported by the Janatha Stubbs Foundation, he furthered his vocal training at the famous Saint Petersburg State Conservatoire under the tuition of Prof. Sergei Riazantsev, where he obtained a Masters Degree in Voice Performance. With the support of the MGSS Scholarship, he read for a Doctorate Degree in Voice Pedagogy.
Joseph Lia has performed the main roles of Germont in Verdi’s “Traviata”, Uberto in Pergolesi’s “La Serva Padrona”, Ebn-Haki in Tchaikovsky’s “Iolantha”, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s “Nozze di Figaro” and Dottor Malatesta in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”, while also other minor roles like Loreck in “Giordano’s Fedora”, Paris in Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Baron in Verdi’s “Traviata”, Fiorello and Ufficiale in Rossini’s “Barbiere di Siviglia”, Commissiario Imperiale in Puccini‘s “Madama Butterfly”, and Marullo and Monterone in Verdi’s “Rigoletto”.
Joseph is also an accomplished recitalist, mastering the lieder and oratorio repertoire. He has given various solo recitals, and has taken part in various international festivals including the Tallinn BachFest, Universe of Music in Moscow, Italian Opera Taormina, Ragusa Ibla Organ Festival, and Peter de Grote Chamber Music Festival in Holland. Last November he had the privilege to perform with Joseph Calleja during the patron’s event of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation.
Joseph Lia has performed in venues of note, namely the Rachmaninov Hall, the Saint Petersburg Capella, the Glazunov Hall, Ekaterinburg Philharmonic Hall, Barnaul Philharmonic Hall, Manoel Theatre, Wienersaal and others. He also served as a judge in various competitions in Saint Petersburg, coached several singers and choirs, and was invited to give presentations at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire and Johann School of Music. Joseph Lia has been invited to give masterclasses in voice at the Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy in Kaunas/Lithuania, at the TISIA Istituto Universitario di Studi Musicale in Cefalù/Sicily and the Elena Obratsova Cultural Centre in St.Petersburg/Russia, and to give voice workshops for Europa Cantat. Joseph is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Malta International Organ Festival, works for the Arts Council Malta, is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta, and teaches voice at the Malta Society of Arts.