Paul Appleby

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Admired for his interpretive depth, vocal strength, and range of expressivity, tenor Paul Appleby is one of the most sought-after voices of his generation. Mr. Appleby continues to grace the stages of the world’s most distinguished concert halls and opera houses while collaborating with leading orchestras, instrumentalists, and conductors. Opera News claims, “[Paul’s] tenor is limpid and focused, but with a range of color unusual in an instrument so essentially lyric… His singing is scrupulous and musical; the voice moves fluidly and accurately.”

Paul Appleby’s calendar for the 2020-21 season includes Metropolitan Opera productions of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg led by Sir Antonio Pappano and Rodelinda conducted by Harry Bicket and the tenor makes a company debut with Oper Köln in the title role of a new production of Béatrice et Bénédict under the baton of François-Xavier Roth.  With pianist Conor Hanick, Paul Appleby gives a North American recital tour that brings him to New York City, Philadelphia, and Berkeley among others and he joins the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for performances of Elijah conducted by Jun Markl.  In association with the American Modern Opera Company, Paul Appleby appears in a range of programming throughout the United States including performances in San Francisco, at the Ojai and Caramoor festivals, and on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Highlights of the recent past include concert performances of Die Zauberflöte and Mozart’s seldom heard Laut verkunde unsre with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Handel’s Samson with the Dunedin Consort at the Edinburgh International Festival; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Bamberger Symphoniker; Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict at the Palais Garnier with the orchestra and chorus of the Opéra de Paris under the direction of Philippe Jordan; and on numerous occasions in North America and Europe with his frequent musical partner Manfred Honeck.  Respected as a consummate recital artist, Paul Appleby has given solo appearances at Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau, has toured North America extensively with pianists Natalia Katyukova and Ken Noda, and was hosted by The Schubert Club for a range of recitals with pianist Wu Han including the tenor’s first performance of Winterreise.

Mr. Appleby’s operatic performances span both world premieres and beloved classics and have included the title role of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and at Dutch National Opera led by Stéphane Denève; the world premiere of John Adams and Peter Sellars’ Girls of the Golden West (Joe Cannon) at the Dutch National Opera and San Francisco Opera; Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (Tom Rakewell) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Oper Frankfurt, Metropolitan Opera, and at Dutch National Opera in a new production by Simon McBurney; new productions of Handel’s Saul (Jonathan) directed by Barrie Kosky led by Ivor Bolton and of Béatrice et Bénédict (Bénédict) directed by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Antonello Manacorda at the Glyndebourne Festival; a Houston Grand Opera debut in Handel’s Saul conducted by Patrick Summers; Die Zauberflöte (Tamino) at Teatro Real, San Francisco Opera, and Washington National Opera; and Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein (Fritz) at Santa Fe Opera. A frequent guest artist at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Appleby has appeared as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by James Levine, and in the lead role of Brian in the North American premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys under the baton of David Robertson.

Paul Appleby’s discography includes Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys, released by Nonesuch, recorded live by the Metropolitan Opera; DVDs of Glyndebourne’s acclaimed presentation of Handel’s Saul (2015) and Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict (2016) released commercially by Opus Arte; Dear Theo, the first album dedicated solely to works by American composer Ben Moore released by Delos; and Songs and Structures, a 2018 portrait album of recent vocal and chamber works by composer Harold Meltzer released on Bridge Records; in addition to other recordings by Virgin Classics, and EMI’s Juilliard Sessions.

Mr. Appleby is a founding core member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) and is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.  A recipient of an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at The Juilliard School, he also earned a Master’s Degree from Juilliard and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and in Music from the University of Notre Dame.

Updated October 2021

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