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Opera Wire: A Tenor’s Progress – Paul Appleby on Developing His Understanding of Stravinsky’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ & Being Part of Opera’s Future

OperaWire spoke to Paul ahead of his Festival d’Aix-en-Provence debut (July 5-18) in his signature role, Tom Rakewell, in a new production of The Rake’s Progress directed by Simon McBurney.  Here’s a snippet:

“I relate to Tom too well. It’s important to see him as universally as possible,” Appleby told OperaWire in a recent interview. “He represents everybody. Everyone that watches this can relate to him in some way. His journey is essentially the process of moving from childhood into adulthood. All kids are inherently selfish in a way and you have to learn to mature from that. It’s hard and no one get through it without a few mistakes. I am trying to erase judgement as much as possible from my portrayal of Tom.”

He relates so well to the character that he actually finds some of Tom’s major characteristics in himself.

“He has vanity about his intelligence. I can see that in myself. I cherish it,” he noted before emphasizing that this kind of intelligence was inculcated in him by his father, a professional that placed great emphasis on the intellect.
-Opera Wire, full feature here.

*photo credit: Pascal Victor / Artcompress