Appleby, who had sung the role previously, most notably at The Metropolitan Opera, and who is one the world’s leading interpreters of 20th-century opera repertoire, provided a convincing performance. He managed to convey Tom’s eagerness to master the newly discovered world of pleasure and vice, his pervasive cluelessness, and gradual slip into insanity. His lyric [...]
"The tenor Paul Appleby (who has also sung the role at the Metropolitan Opera) embodied Tom [Rakewell]’s eagerness and his blankness, singing with a sweet lyric tenor that easily projected in the large, mostly outdoor theater." -New York Times, review of Festival d'Aix-en-Provence's The Rake's Progress, full review here.
Tune in to The Metropolitan Opera’s SiriusXM Radio Channel TONIGHT. Paul & Soprano Layla Claire will be doing a joint interview at intermission (approx. 8:25/30pm ET) of The Merry Widow to discuss the upcoming Rake’s Progress at the Met (in which they are starring opposite one another as Tom Rakewell & Anne Trulove (opens May [...]