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BBC Music Magazine: Translating Shakespeare

Paul wrote a guest blog for BBC Music Magazine about Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict.  Of course, Paul is currently performing the role of Bénédict in Glyndebourne's Laurent Pelly production that runs until August 27. Here's a snippet: It’s a good thing Berlioz retitled his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  Although Claudio [...]

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Recital 2016 Part 2: Berlioz, Grieg and Villa Lobos

I wish I could have included more Wolf settings of Eichendorff on my Zankel program. And Schumann’s op. 39, for that matter. And the entirety of Les nuits d’été  while I’m at it, except my audience does need to get home eventually!  But since Berlioz’s famous Théophile Gautier settings complement—in their Gallic way—the German Romantics [...]

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Recital 2016 Part 1: Schumann, Heine, Wolf, and Eichendorff

Program notes are serious and important things, and I prefer to leave such things to the professionals. Scholars such as my old professor at the University of Notre Dame, Susan Youens (who wrote the program not for my last Carnegie recital at Weill Hall), are able to bring deep knowledge and objective perspective to the [...]

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NYFOS: Song of the Day (December 4)

Originally appeared on the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) website: This week we welcome Schubert/Beatles cast member and longtime friend of NYFOS Paul Appleby to Song of the Day! You can hear him with NYFOS on Tuesday, December 8th at Merkin Concert Hall (Get tickets here). And don’t miss his solo recital at Carnegie [...]

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NYFOS: Song of the Day (December 3)

Originally appeared on the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) website:This week we welcome Schubert/Beatles cast member and longtime friend of NYFOS Paul Appleby to Song of the Day! You can hear him with NYFOS on Tuesday, December 8th at Merkin Concert Hall (Get tickets here). And don’t miss his solo recital at Carnegie Hall [...]

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NYFOS: Song of the Day (December 2)

Originally appeared on the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) website: This week we welcome Schubert/Beatles cast member and longtime friend of NYFOS Paul Appleby to Song of the Day! You can hear him with NYFOS on Tuesday, December 8th at Merkin Concert Hall (Get tickets here). And don’t miss his solo recital at Carnegie [...]

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NYFOS: Song of the Day (December 1)

Originally appeared on the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) website: This week we welcome Schubert/Beatles cast member and longtime friend of NYFOS Paul Appleby to Song of the Day! You can hear him with NYFOS on Tuesday, December 8th at Merkin Concert Hall (Get tickets here). And don’t miss his solo recital at Carnegie […]

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NYFOS: Song of the Day (November 30)

Originally appeared on the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) website: This week we welcome Schubert/Beatles cast member and longtime friend of NYFOS Paul Appleby to Song of the Day! You can hear him with NYFOS on Tuesday, December 8th at Merkin Concert Hall (Get tickets here). And don’t miss his solo recital at Carnegie [...]

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Flauting Flute Problems

Now that my daughter has turned one, I’m re-re-dedicating myself to this blog!!! I can say this with confidence because I have several firm deadlines for blog postings from outside forces!  In the coming months I will be posting a series of blogs that will supplement the program note of my upcoming recitals in February […]

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Making Progress: Authenticity Through Artifice

The Rake’s Progress is my favorite opera, and Tom Rakewell is my favorite role to perform. So you can understand my confusion when I hear many of my friends, colleagues, and fellow opera-lovers tell me that not only do they not love this opera, but actively DIS-like it. I have put my foot in my [...]

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