The young American tenor Paul Appleby studied at the Juilliard School in New York and participated in the prestigious Lindemann Program of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2011, he received the Richard Tucker Career Grant and the George London Foundation Award. He soon gained recognition performing the great roles of Mozart (Tamino in The Magic Flute, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio).
He has been Invited regularly to appear at the Metropolitan Opera where he has performed the roles of Brian in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, the Chevalier de La Force in Dialogues des Carmélites (with Louis Langrée conducting), Hylas in Les Troyens (with Fabio Luisi), David in The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress and, more recently, Belmonte (with James Levine) and Don Ottavio (with Fabio Luisi). He has sung the role of Tamino in Washington and San Francisco, Don Ottavio in San Diego, Tom Rakewell in Frankfurt, and Jonathan (in Handel’s Saul) at the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival in a production by Barrie Kosky. He was invited back to the Glyndebourne Festival again last summer to perform the role of Benedict (Béatrice et Bénédict).
He has just made his debut at Amsterdam’s Dutch National Opera in The Abduction from the Seraglio with Jérémie Rhorer conducting. Paul Appleby also performs in concert with some of the great American symphonic ensembles, Including the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic Orchestras. This season, he is playing The Steersman under the baton of David Robertson in a concert version of The Flying Dutchman with the Saint Louis symphony Orchestra, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with David Zinman and the Bamberger Symphoniker, Haydn’s The Creation with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
He has given recitals at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Aspen and Caramoor Festivals, the Boston Celebrity Series and at Wigmore Hall in London. He has also recorded the songs of Schubert and Britten as part of the Juilliard Sessions Digital Debut series from EMI Classics.
The Rake’s Progress at the Aix Festival and the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, and the world premiere production of John Adams’s Girls of the Golden West at the San Francisco Opera (November 2017).