Regarded as one of the most interesting artists of his generation, American tenor Paul Appleby is a graduate of New York’s Juilliard School and of The Metropolitan Opera’s prestigious Lindemann Program. Praised for the expressive and interpretive depth of his performances, Appleby has earned a reputation as a fine Mozartian through his performances as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and, most recently, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which he debuted to acclaim last season at The Metropolitan Opera under James Levine.
A regular guest of The Met, Appleby has performed a diverse repertoire there including Brian in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys (praised by the New York Post as his “star-making performance”), Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Les dialogues des Carmélites under Louis Langrée, Hylas in Berlioz’s Les Troyens under Fabio Luisi, David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), and Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
Other notable highlights include Tamino at both Washington National and San Francisco Operas, Don Ottavio at San Diego Opera, Tom Rakewell for Oper Frankfurt, and his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Jonathan in Barrie Kosky’s widely acclaimed production of Handel’s Saul. A return to Glyndebourne in the summer of 2016 brought another role debut as Bénédict in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict and the present season sees a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Don Ottavio under Fabio Luisi, and his debut at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Tom Rakewell under Daniel Harding as well as at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam as Belmonte under Jérémie Rhorer.
A versatile artist, Appleby enjoys a buoyant concert career and appeared last season with both the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras. The current season takes Paul to the St Louis Symphony Orchestra with David Robertson as Steuermann in concert performances of Der fliegende Holländer, as well as to the Bamberger Symphoniker under David Zinman in Elgar’s masterwork Dream of Gerontius and to the Pittsburgh Symphony for Haydn’s Creation under Manfred Honeck.
The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the 2011 Richard Tucker Career Grant and George London Foundation Award, Appleby is a passionate advocate of art song, and has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music and Caramoor festivals, as part of the Boston Celebrity Series, and for the Marilyn Horne Foundation. He made his debut appearance at London’s Wigmore Hall last season with Malcolm Martineau, and has recorded works by Schubert and Britten as part of The Julliard Sessions Digital Debut series released by EMI Classics.