Paul Appleby

Paul Appleby is a third-year member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and a 2011 winner of the Richard Tucker Career Grant and the George London Foundation Award. A recipient of an Artist Diploma from the Opera Studies Program at the Juilliard School of Music, he recently performed the role of Jenik in The Bartered Bride in a co-production between the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School conducted by James Levine and directed by Stephen Wadsworth. 

Highlights of the past include a Metropolitan Opera debut as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos under the baton of Fabio Luisi, Agenore in Il Re Pastore with Opera Theatre of St. Louis under the baton of Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream conducted by Steven Osgood at Wolf Trap Opera, and, with the Juilliard Opera, the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites under the baton of Anne Manson, Martin in Copland’s The Tender Land conducted by David Effron, and Fenton in Falstaff conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson. The artist has performed Gomatz in Zaïde first at Wolf Trap Opera conducted by Gary Thor Wedow and then at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble ACJW conducted David Robertson.

On the concert stage, Paul Appleby has made his European debut in a performance of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung at the Wolfegg Festival under the baton of Manfred Honeck and a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by James Conlon at the May Festival. Other recent debuts include a program of Schubert and Haydn with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Thomas Zehetmair, and Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge with Kent Tritle on the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York.

Mr. Appleby continues to perform extensively with pianist Steven Blier and the New York Festival of Song and recently presented the world premiere of Beautiful Ohio, a song cycle written for the artist by Pulitzer nominee Harold Meltzer. He has performed recitals at the Kennedy Center under the auspices of the Vocal Arts Society, for the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Aspen Music Festival, the Caramoor Festival, Music@Menlo, the Judith Raskin memorial concert, the Joy in Singing Foundation, and A Prairie Home Companion, and has recently made an Alice Tully Hall recital debut in a performance of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin accompanied by Brian Zeger.

Engagements of the present season include a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Demetrius in the Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island, conducted by William Christie and directed by the team of Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch and a European operatic debut as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress with Oper Frankfurt in a new production by Moritz Nitsche, conducted by Constantinos Carydis. Symphonic debuts include Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert and a program of opera arias with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern conducted by Christoph Poppen. The artist returns to the New York Festival of Song for programs in New York and Washington, D.C. and brings Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin accompanied by Brian Zeger to the Schubert Club of St. Paul and to New York’s Rockefeller University.

Mr. Appleby is a National Winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recipient of a 2009 Sara Tucker study grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. He received a Master’s Degree from Juilliard and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and in Music from the University of Notre Dame.